Ted Ellis is a passionate man. He is passionate about his family… passionate about his heritage and passionate about his art. Just ask him and he proudly declares, “I paint Subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life, particularly, African-American culture and history, as I know it. I like to think of myself as a creative historian. I was put here to record history…all aspects of American culture and heritage. My sole purpose has always been to educate through my art.”
Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African-American heritage. This backdrop inspired Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects of his childhood in the glory of their rich cultural heritage. Extremely dedicated to his craft, the artist draws on a style that was developed in his childhood from impressions of his native city. Ellis is self-taught and boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, evoking nostalgia and inspiration. It's not folk art, but "Tedism", his own unique style of art. The art of this man both reveres and celebrates the traditional values of his culture. African-American culture and lifestyle are vital parts of the tapestry of American history.
Ellis’ involvement in the community as an art advocate and educator has earned him recognition from numerous organizations and city officials. Some of Ellis’ past national exhibits include: “The Civil Rights Movement”, “Buffalo Soldiers”, and “Born In The Spirit”. several corporations have commissioned work by Ellis including, Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, and Avon, Incorporated.