Fred Harper & Steve Ellis at MF Gallery

"Fred Harper & Steve Ellis: PERSONA MONSTERS"

May 26- June 17, 2018

MF Gallery: 213 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY

Opening Party: Saturday May 26th, 7-10pm

Monsters are a reflection of ourselves. Not the “out in the open” face, but the hidden face below the surface, the one that comes out at night or in the dark, hidden times. Sometimes the monsters are scary, other times they are simply a side of ourselves we don’t wish others to see. Monsters can be and obsession, addiction, a remnant of an old personality from an earlier point in our lives, or raw emotional selves that walk in places we don’t want to explore. “Persona Monsters” is all about those selves... Artists Fred Harper and Steve Ellis will lead you on the journey into that hidden world.

Steve Ellis has been a fantasy illustrator and comics artist for the last 25 years. He has illustrated for clients like Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Wizards of the Coast, he co-created the hit award- winning graphic novel series Only Living Boy and High Moon. He recently began showing paintings at galleries internationally and has shown in multiple groups shows. Monsters have always been a part of Steve’s work often as a metaphor for the sides of ourselves we don’t want to show to the outside world. Steve and co-conspirator Fred Harper have created monsters together in coffeehouses across the nation and Steve is excited to share them in the show “Persona Monsters” at MF Gallery.

Fred Harper is a NYC based artist. His clients include Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Hermes, National Geographic§ and Ozzfest. His art has been used commercially and hung in galleries from New York City to Paris, to Istanbul. His art has explored many themes and subjects but there have always been monsters. “Persona Monsters” will reveal the variety of monsters that have presented themselves throughout a career of making images along with his good friend Steve Ellis who has a demon or three up his new tattoo sleeve.

Both artists will be present at the “Persona Monsters” Opening Party, on Saturday May 26th, from 7 to 10 pm. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to all ages.

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Baltic and Butler Streets in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Take the F or G to Bergen St., the A or C to Hoyt/ Schermerhorn, or the R to Union.

The artwork can also be viewed and purchased online at:

After opening night, the show will be open by appointment only until June 17, 2018. Email or call (917)446-8681 to schedule a visit or for any other inquiries.

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