Artist and architect Brantley Ellzey discusses his work on display in “Sweet,” an exhibition of over 20 new works created from hand-rolled construction paper in a kaleidoscopic array of colors and forms.
“Sweet” is on display from October 7th through November 5th.
Brantley Ellzey is an architect and artist who has operated an independent studio in the Crosstown neighborhood of Memphis since 2010. With degrees in Architecture and Theater Design from Tulane University, Ellzey creates art that illustrates the precision and structural form of architecture while embodying the colorful thrill and drama of the theater. His works consist primarily of paper from magazines, books and other printed media which he deconstructs, rolls and methodically builds into complex, layered forms. Drawing from the themes of the selected materials, he expresses the anatomy of a journal, making the subject and content visually apparent in the piece with lines, color and overall construction. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States, such as Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, West Cancer Center, Bass Berry + Sims, Wunderlich Securities, and Iberia Bank. Examples of his architectural work are First Congregational Church, The Museum of Modern Spinal Surgery at Medtronic,The Kemmons Wilson Exhibit at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at University of Memphis, the renovation of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and Ballet Memphis (Cordova).