Renowned for his elegant architectural designs, Craig Ellwood (1922–1992) fused a Californian sensibility with the strict formalism of European modernist architects like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A maverick figure, self-taught and hugely ambitious, Ellwood’s life story embodies the frontier spirit of the West Coast. With the rise of postmodernism, however, Ellwood began to turn away from architecture. He became increasingly drawn to the purity of form offered by abstract painting. With works like Capriccio, Ellwood “could craft space, line, and color, creating the vibration of harmony and beauty that he held so dear.”
From his projects for the influential Case Study House program of the 1950s to his office’s acclaimed design for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the work of Craig Ellwood helped define a new architectural aesthetic. Yet, many of his admirers are unaware that he enjoyed a vibrant second career as an artist. Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with Ellwood’s widow, Leslie Phillips, about his art.
Today marks the third day of photography, which means chairs, tables, couches and lamps have all be shot for the upcoming October 2010 catalogue. phew. Just on set was this interesting paper-mache statue of Mies van der Rohe, which was created by students in the architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona. These students gave the […]