Werewolves, dancing aliens and 8-legged cats are just a few of the comical characters in Theo Ellsworth’s show “Solvers”, now on view at GR2, Los Angeles. It will come as no surprise that the Montana based artist and graphic novelist is inspired by all things fantastic. For this show, Ellsworth etched 73 whimsical illustrations of impossible creatures and objects. His wood-carved paintings are like a cross between our elementary schoolbook doodles and Where the Wild Things Are, drawn in Maurice Sendak’s cross hatched style. Looking at Ellsworth’s intricately detailed work is almost dizzying. A web of continuous lines and shapes energize his characters and bring their chaotic world to life. Supplied with wacky time travel machines, they embark on a far out journey full of illogical twists and turns. No matter how far stretched, Ellsworth’s imagination flows with never-ending ideas to keep his viewers entertained.
“Solvers” by Theo Ellsworth is now on view at GR2 through February 18th.