Fremont Ellis (1897-1985)
Fremont Ellis was born in Virginia City, Montana in 1897. His father was an itinerant dentist who plied his trade in the mining towns of Montana. Due to his transient childhood, Ellis had little formal education as a child, but began painting at an early age. Except for 3 months spent at the Art Student’s League in New York, Fremont Ellis was a self-taught artist.
Following his attempt at formal education in New York, Ellis moved to Texas, where he took a teaching position. Ultimately choosing Santa Fe as his adopted home, Ellis and four friends founded “Los Cinco Pintores,” modernist counterparts to their peers to the north who’d founded the Taos Society of Artists. Los Cinco Pintores was a short-lived group, as their styles quickly grew less complimentary.
An impressionist with modernist tendencies (or a conservative modernist), Fremont Ellis showed his works to an admiring audience in Santa Fe for close to 60 years before his death in 1985.