Carson Ellis’ HOME at Nationale

by Grace Bonney

There are few artists that tug at my heartstrings like Carson Ellis. I’ve mentioned my fondness for artwork that reminds me of childhood, and Carson’s does that — but for a childhood that’s not mine. Her love of Russian culture and artwork and the Pacific Northwest loom large in her style and subject matter and, despite having never been my childhood homes, they feel comfortingly familiar and welcoming. Her latest project is a book of illustrations dedicated to the idea of home. Home, which will be out on February 24th, is Carson’s celebration of her love of drawing houses and buildings, with a unique spin on looking at homes in whimsical places, like underwater or in space. What always strikes me the most about her drawings is the attention to detail. Each home illustration has a specific plant, pet, textile or furniture detail that always feels like precisely the right choice for that space.

Prior to the release of her book, Carson is having a show comprised of original illustrations from the book at Nationale, an excellent gallery in Portland, OR. The show just opened this past weekend and, in addition to showcasing the original drawings, Nationale is also selling print-versions of Carson’s artwork for purchase. Each of these limited edition prints will be available through the gallery through March 16th, so if you’re in town be sure to check them out. You can also check them out online and email Nationale to purchase. xo, grace



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