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Charles Ellsby was born in Chelsea, MA, in 1971. He began drawing in elementary school and a few years later he received a scholarship to attend the Museum of Fine Arts for the summer. Ellsby began attending Gateway Arts in 1996 as part of the Artist Training Program. In 1998 he was given the opportunity to continue his artistic career indefinitely in Studio A. Ellsby loves drawing while listening to the calming sounds of spiritual and soft rock music. Although Ellsby has tried his hand in a variety of art media, his prefers graphite and colored pencil on bristol board. His subjects are derived from his dreams and unusual photographic images. He is driven to perfect his skill at rendering two-dimensional imagery that looks exact to life. Ellsby is an effective agent of his work and is able to captivate an audience through his narrative and explanations of his art and its meaning.

Ellsby’s work has been featured in several exhibitions at the Gateway Gallery, the Christopher Brodigan Gallery in Groton, and at the Cambridge Artists Cooperative in Cambridge, MA. In addition Ellsby has also independently published “Charles Ellsby’s Dream Book”, which he both wrote and illustrated.

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