Ellen Holtzblatt, a Chicago-based artist, creates paintings and drawings to explore connections between the physical and the spiritual - the memories of the body that reside in the soul. Her work becomes an allegory for psyche and emotion, evolution and decay. Holtzblatt’s paintings of landscapes and portraits embody the power and vulnerability of mind, soul, and spirit and the ever-present passage of time.
Holtzblatt exhibits her work across the United States and internationally. Recent group exhibits include the Jerusalem Biennale, Museum of Biblical Art in New York, and Inselgalerie in Berlin, with recent solo exhibits at Josef Glimer Gallery, Fermilab Gallery and the Chicago Cultural Center. Holtzblatt has been awarded artist residencies in the U.S. and Iceland, and is a current artist resident with the Chicago Artists Coalition. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection in Chicago and The Center for Book Arts in New York. Holtzblatt’s projects have been funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance. Holtzblatt earned degrees in visual art and art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.