Gallery Closing

April 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

Dear friends,

I find it necessary to inform you that due to major changes in the neighborhood, as well as with the gallery’s building, I decided to move to a new location in the near future. I will let you know as soon as everything is finalized, the process may take a few months. In the meantime, I will be available through email only for any of questions, requests, or comments. or

I hope you understand my position and I look forward to continue our special relationship. Thank you for your support in the past, present, and looking forward towards working together in the future.

Please note that as of April 29th, 2016 the gallery will be closed and there will be no phone connection.

Best wishes,

Josef Glimer

Behind the Picture: El Lepero by Teodulo Romulo

March 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Teodulo Romulo
El Lepero, 1981
77 x 93cm, hand-colored Mixograf

As artists and craftspeople grow more ambitious, their satisfaction with traditional processes can wane and desires to push further away from creative boundaries begin to manifest.

In the late 1970s, Mexican master artist Rufino Tomayo was asked by Luis Remba, a commercial printmaker in Mexico City, to contribute original art. Tomayo agreed, but refused to work within the bounds of traditional two-dimensional printing–he demanded more texture and dimension. Remba, originally a mechanical engineer, set about to create a machine that would allow Tomayo to print in a way that would accommodate. The end process is now termed a “Mixograf”–a mixture of graphic processes.

A Mixograf is a unique printing process in that the artist works on a beeswax plate. Cutting, drawing, and carving out the wax into a mold. The image from which would not be reversed, as with etching or lithography. To accommodate the high relief and textural nuances of the mold, a special hand-made 100% cotton paper slab is used for printing the final product. The thick paper also allows for the absorption of pigment, giving it a soft watercolor saturation.

Romulo plays with this new technique, joining Tomayo and other major Latin American artists, at the Mixografic Workshop (1979-1986). Figures, inspired by ancient Toltec and Zapotec tribal art, are etched into the surface and hand-painted.

The detail below shows the depth the artist is able to achieve with the thick cotton paper. detail 1


Here, Romulo demonstrates the smaller details of the etching.

detail 3


Playful, primitivistic iconography–characteristic of Romulo’s style–in the bird-like forms.

detail 2


A personal note about Ellen

November 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

I remember meeting Ellen DeLoach the first day I started working at the Josef Glimer Gallery in July of this year. She and her husband had driven all the way from Atlanta, GA with a car full of paintings, drawings, and encaustics. We brought every piece up to the gallery, unwrapped them and discussed each one at length. Through the process, we all became more intrigued by her approach to art as a therapeutic expression of her difficult emotions.

However, the tumultuous paintings contrasted with her bright, energetically warm personality. She shared each piece enthusiastically and we were equally excited to be exhibiting her work. Her paintings attracted praise and meditative contemplation from collectors, students, and artists fascinated by her technique and colors only found in her native Georgia.

We loved working with her and being able to give volume to her voice. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a beautiful, vibrant soul who had so much more art to share with the world. Our condolences and thoughts go out to her family, friends, and everyone she touched with her charm and big heart.


Erin Doherty- Gallery Assistant


New Work by Atlanta Artist Ellen DeLoach

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ellen DeLoach, Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, mixed media, Josef Glimer Gallery Chicago

Ellen DeLoach, Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, 2012, 22 x 30,” mixed media on paper

The American South is a land of strained history and ever-healing wounds. Artist Ellen DeLoach, a Georgia native, seeks to extract the spiritual essence of place, unearthing soil rich in both turmoil and triumph.

Mixed media works like Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield feel at once violent and graceful. In her Nesting series, DeLoach has removed the idea of a horizon line altogether, leaving raw, emotive color and texture. Though she works in a variety of materials including oil, fiber, collage and encaustic, her process is most deeply rooted in drawing. Energetic contour lines, both 2-D and 3-D, wind in and out of the artist’s thickly-layered compositions.

Ellen DeLoach, Nesting 1, Mixed media on canvas, Josef Glimer Gallery Chicago

Ellen DeLoach, Nesting 1, 2015, 18 x 23,” oil, wax, and mixed media on canvas

DeLoach’s figurative pieces complement rather than contradict her landscapes, turning ideas of destruction, scarring, and forgiveness inward to the female form. Layers of melted, carved wax suggest both plowed soil and torn flesh. Loosely inspired by the Biblical story of Ruth, DeLoach’s women exude both physical and spiritual resilience.

Ellen DeLoach, Movement 7, mixed media on paper and panel, Josef Glimer Gallery Chicago

Ellen DeLoach, Movement 7, 2014, 24 x 18,” mixed media with hot wax

For the last five years, DeLoach has flourished under the tutelage of Abstract Expressionist painter and Guggenheim fellow Michael David. David writes of the “fierce beauty” of DeLoach’s work, “…she creates a history, a record of loss, triumph and redemption.”

To inquire about Ellen DeLoach’s work at Josef Glimer Gallery, call 773-787-4640 or email

The Chicago Angels Project at Josef Glimer Gallery

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Chicago Angels Project at Josef Glimer Gallery Chicago

We’re currently making preparations to host the Chicago Angels Project, an exhibition highlighting youth from Chicago who lost to their lives to violence. The show, organized in collaboration with ThinkArt and The Arts Palette, will feature work by professional artists and students of Uplift Community High School. Uplift students will also perform spoken-word poetry at the February 12 opening reception.

A portion of all sales will go to three anti-violence nonprofits: Alternative Schools Network, CeaseFire, and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

The Chicago Angels Project will open at Josef Glimer Gallery on February 12, 5:30-9pm. We look forward to supporting these talented students and worthwhile organizations! Click here for full invitation and RSVP information.

Chicago Angels Project

Uplift Community High School Students' series of mosaic linoleum relief prints represent the spirits of youth claimed to senseless violence on the streets of Chicago.

Uplift Community High School Students’ series of mosaic linoleum relief prints represent the spirits of youth claimed to violence on the streets of Chicago.

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