Joey Foster Ellis (born August 27, 1984), a native of Upstate New York, received his BFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2009, becoming its first American graduate. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Asia and North America and is in numerous private collections. He has received several site-specific commissions, including Greenpeace, Bank of America, Chevron and Manulife and his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. Ellis is a recipient of the 2010 TEDGlobal Fellowshipand was selected by The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as one of 40 Under 40, a major exhibition highlighting the work of forty artists born since 1972. He lives and works extensively throughout Asia, currently residing between Beijing and Jingdezhen.
I'm obsessed with the tactile process of creating art, literally getting my hands dirty with materials that come from China’s natural and artificial landscape.
Talking about how the young generations of China have a thirst for a new way of understanding the world around them. Looking at how thru chinese art and present day culture one can realize that the west's conceptions of China are wrong on many points. That there is a hope in China that may provide the world with new answers to problems that face our own cultures today. Sometimes we have to look at things thru the eyes of a local to understand. What is interesting about me is that I have two sets of eyes. One that makes me think like an American and the other that feels and sees what China really is. If one sees the good news of China and the future of it then there is large potential for change when working together.
Your passion. Where you found it and what you do with it. But most of all the story of how you got where you are.
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