The Black Art Depot

Ellis Wilson Art Gallery

Ellis Wilson Art Gallery

Art prints, gifts and collectibles created by or featuring the art of Ellis Wilson. 

Ellis Wilson won national acclaim in the art world during the 1930s and 1940s. Wilson painted through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in New York in the 1930s and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1944. In the 1950s, he traveled to Haiti.

His major exhibitions include a Retrospective Exhibition at Fisk University, Nashville, 1971. His work can be found in the collections of many museums, including the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art, and his painting "Funeral Procession" received national exposure on the set of Bill Cosby's 1980s television show. Yet Kentucky-born artist Ellis Wilson remains relatively unknown in his hometown of Mayfield and in his home state. Ellis Wilson died in 1977.