work of Richard H. Ellis reflects an abiding passion for sculpture matured
through a broad spectrum of both public and personal creations.
Formal training began at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles where he earned a Masters Degree in Sculpture, with Distinction. The award of a Prix de Rome Fellowship allowed for a year of work, study and travel in Europe. An exceptional second Prix de Rome expanded his appreciation of the contribution of public sculpture to the quality of life in Europe.
His career has included dozens of large scale works in public sites, notably figure groups in bronze for eight Home Savings of America branches. Also noteworthy is a massive cast concrete relief sculpture for Warner Brown Hospital in Arkansas.
The variety of his public projects includes freestanding sculptures, wall reliefs, fountains and portrait sculptures. This has necessitated significant collaboration with architects, designers and craftspersons, as well as a mastery of many different materials in achieving creative solutions for client-specific projects.
Sculptural portraiture is also an important aspect of his work, both for corporate and private clients. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Ahmanson Foundation are both long term clients, each having commissioned more than a dozen portraits. Most recently he created the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award sculpture which was presented to Oprah Winfrey during the Primetime Emmy Awards Program.
In addition to his commissioned works, Mr. Ellis exhibits his personal work in various galleries. Future exhibitions will be announced on this website.
Mr. Ellis invites inquiries regarding your future projects and would be pleased to develop concepts and designs for your consideration.