Ellie Blankfort has been a noted presence in the Los Angeles art world and on the national scene for nearly forty years. Starting out with a degree in Art History from UCLA, she opened the Ellie Blankfort Gallery in the early 1970s. She earned a reputation for showing some of the most promising young artists of the time — several of whom were featured in the 1974 Whitney Biennial and have gone on to national and international acclaim.
Success with her gallery led Ellie into a business partnership,
Fine Art/Fine Design, combining her art and design skills to serve both corporate
and private clients.
As an independent Fine Art Adviser, she has worked with numerous
collectors, including a major New York firm with offices throughout the country,
for whom she established a top-rated collection of contemporary artists.
Ellie has also served as advisor to public art programs at
the Frank O. Gehry-designed Loyola Law School in
Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, and elsewhere,
commissioning works by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van
Bruggen, Kent Twitchell,
Lloyd Hamrol, and others.
More recently, Ellie chose to return to working directly with
studio artists in their creative process, opening her office to individual
consultation sessions and her home to Artists’ Matters,
a monthly support group for artists. She also offers workshops, including the
Building a Practice.
Ellie is an active member of several prestigious museum support
groups, including the Modern and Contemporary Art Council
at the Los
County Museum of Art, where she served for several years on the Art
Here & Now awards committee; and served on the board of the Fellows
of Contemporary Art.
She is also a long-time active member of ArtTable,
a national organization of
professional women in the arts.
In addition, Ellie’s extensive travels throughout the
world serve to give her a truly international perspective.
"The creative process is a cocktail of instinct,
skill, culture, and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug;
it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of
consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it's a little like
making love, the physical act of love."