John Ennis (artist)

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John Ennis
John Ennis1.jpg
Ennis in 2010
Born Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education Maryland Institute College of Art, Art Students League
Known for Painting

John Ennis (born 1953 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania) is an American painter. Ennis is a portrait painter and former book-cover illustrator; his paintings currently hang in over 100 fine art collections worldwide. He has over a thousand published book cover illustrations to his credit.

Background[edit]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York under Jack Faragasso and Robert Emil Shulz and privately with Michael Aviano, all former students of Frank J. Reilly.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Establishing a career in the 1980s as a freelance book cover illustrator, John Ennis illustrated for American publishers including Random House and its subsidiaries, Ballantine Books, Bantam Books, and Dell Books. Also other American publishers including Kensington Books, Dorchester Publishing, Berkley Books, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, New American Library, Pocket Books and Canadian publisher Harlequin Enterprises. Trained as an oil painter, Ennis used this medium for illustration until the mid-1990s. He helped pioneer digital illustration by introducing it to the book publishing industry as an illustration medium. In 1997 he authored the book Going Digital, An Artist's Guide to Computer Illustration published by Madison Square Press. In the same year he served on the faculty of the Macworld Expo in Boston. He was interviewed for an article in Newsweek magazine for the article "Throw Out The Brushes". Ennis left illustration in 2002 and became a fine artist. He abandoned the digital medium and returned to oil painting. The Portrait Society of America awarded Ennis a Certificate of Merit in 2003, and an Honors Award in 2004 for a portrait of his son Kyle. He has since painted several hundred private and institutional portraits and has won numerous national awards. His portrait subjects include Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa, notable corporate leaders Al McNeill of Turner Corporation, and John Bryson of Southern California Edison, the first woman headmaster of Boston Latin School, Cornelia Kelley, and the first African American Dean of University of South Carolina Law School, Burnele Powell.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • Portrait Society of America: Certificate of Excellence, international competition 2009
  • Portrait Society of America: Honorable Mention Men, Member Competition 2009
  • Portrait Society of America: Fifth Place Children, Member Competition 2009
  • Portrait Society of America: Honors Award, international competition 2006
  • Portrait Society of America: Finalist, Children's Portrait Competition 2006
  • Portrait Society of America: First Place, Self-Portrait Competition 2005
  • Portrait Society of America: Honors Award international competition 2004
  • Portrait Society of America: Best Portfolio, Annual Conference 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Portrait Society of America: Certificate of Recognition, international competition 2003
  • The Artist's Magazine's 26th Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures
  • The Artists Magazine's 24th Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures
  • The Artists Magazine's 22nd Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures
  • The Artists Magazine's 21st Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures
  • The Artists Magazine's 21st Annual Art Competition: First Place-Animal Art
  • Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Show: Award for Portraiture
  • Phillips' Mill 77th Annual Fall Exhibition: Patrons' Award

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