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Selected Works

Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), At the Sign of the Hat, 2007
Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), Cloisonné, 2010
Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), Fast Train to Exotic, 2010
Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), An Enigmatic Lotus, 2009
Ellen Lanyon (1926-2013), Poyet Pink, 2002

Gray is pleased to participate in EXPO CHGO ONLINE, Expo Chicago's latest digital exposition featuring five days of virtual programming. For the online edition, Gray presents Ellen Lanyon: A Bit of Magic, a solo exhibition of paintings from the Estate of Ellen Lanyon, sold to benefit the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Often discussed in relation to Surrealism and Magic Realism, Chicago painter and printmaker Ellen Lanyon (1926 - 2013) is celebrated for her fantastical and meticulously crafted still-life compositions. A reflection of her own private mythology, Lanyon's juxtapositions of exotic specimens from the natural world with everyday household objects subvert ideas of domesticity and offer mysterious new narratives both playful and sinister.

To accompany Gray's presentation for EXPO CHGO ONLINE, join Gray Partner Valerie Carberry for a special pre-recorded dialogue about Ellen Lanyon: A Bit of Magic. Carberry reflects on Lanyon’s life and work, citing examples from the exhibition and recounting milestones in the artist's career. This video feature will begin streaming Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Access the online viewing room from April 8-12, 2021, by visiting EXPO's fair portal, or explore the exhibition on Gray Viewing Rooms. To explore the exhibition in person at our Michigan Avenue gallery, schedule an appointment here.