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Birth Year : 1899
Death Year : 1977
Ellis Wilson was born in Mayfield, KY, the son of Frank and Minnie Wilson [source: U.S. Federal Census]. He was a free-lance interior decorator and painter. Though he acquired international fame, he never made a living from painting. Wilson worked with the Federal Art Project during World War II and painted African Americans employed in war industries. His painting The Fish won the 1946 Atlanta University Purchase Award. He received the Certificate of Merit from the U.S. Treasury Dept. for donating the painting Nocturne during the war loan drive. His works were exhibited at Kentucky institutions beginning in the 1950s. For more see The Art of Ellis Wilson, by A. Sperath; and In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., edited by M. M. Spradling.
See photo image of Ellis Wilson and additional information at the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) website.
Subjects: Artists, Fine Arts
Geographic Region: Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky