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This painting is made up of two separate panels. Both are 22" x 43 3/4". Combined they measure 44" x 43 3/4". I painted them sometime between 2010 and 2011 while living in a basement in Brooklyn, NY.

They are both on triple primed cotton canvas, stretched over wood frames, with staples on the side. The staples are covered with dark brown paint so that it can be hung as is or framed.

The painting has some texture that can be seen upon closer inspection.

This painting is inspired by a photo from a $5 dollar discount book I found at the Strand bookstore in New York. The book was about patients recovering from major surgery and how their lives were affected. The photo was of a husband and wife sitting on a couch before the husbands open heart surgery was going to take place.

They had such wonderfully blank expressions.

Life finds you, whether you like it or not. Sometimes it crawls right up onto your table, hence, the snails.

Materials used:

oil paint, triple primed cotton canvas, wood stretchers, staples, metal brace

The Welcome Table (2011)


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Tate Ellington

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