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Ellen "E.J." Lefavour aka Ejay Khan

 

Ellen E.J. Lefavour, aka Ejay Khan, was born a long time ago near Boston, MA. The oldest of six children and daughter of an entrepreneurial father and artistic, spiritual mother, she spent her early adulthood climbing the corporate ladder. She began painting in 1990, after leaving her position as a corporate risk manager for a large Boston-based real estate development/management firm, and moving to Newburyport. Prior to that, she had been an avid photographer for many years, and today enjoys digital photography. She is a self-taught painter, photographer web designer and graphic artist.

In 1994 she moved to Jamaica, where she lived and painted for four years, married to Rastafarian farmer, Westley Slowley, aka Prophet. During this time, she developed her love of bold color and deep respect for the Rastafarian way of life, which her work has become known for. After returning to the US, she settled in Key Largo, FL, where she and Joda Khan owned and operated Jah Works Gallery and Cultural Exchange Center, which became a hub of cultural activity drawing artists, poets, musicians and actors from Key West to Ft. Lauderdale and visitors from around the world for weekly open mike poetry, experimental theatre and music jam sessions. She created an extensive collection of works in collaboration with Joda under the name Ejay Khan, expressing subjects ranging from abuse, homelessness and addiction, to politics, God and the devil.

In July 2003 Ellen returned North and settled in East Boston, where she owns and operates Khan Studio, a gallery, eclectic art gift shop and artist services studio providing fine art printing, matting and framing and web and graphic design services for fellow artists and community business. Ejay also developed and administers Khan Studio International, a large and ever expanding Internet gallery site, as well as sites for other artists and businesses. She currently is primarily working in acrylics and oils, focusing on peaceful representational landscapes and florals, in a time when peaceful is too often missing in people's view of life.

In the fall of 2010, EJ relocated to Cape Ann, where she has returned home again to the North Shore where she first began painting. She has become actively involved with capturing, painting and researching the historical aspects of the area, as well as the incredible natural beauty. She contributes regularly to Good Morning Gloucester, a blog focusing on Cape Ann. Check out http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/ to read her daily "Did You Know" post, and all the other great posts about the goings on around Cape Ann.

EJ's works have won numerous prizes and awards over the years, and are in private collections around the globe. She is a past board member of the Newburyport Art Association, artist member of the Boston Copley Society, member of the Upper Keys and Marathon Art Associations, and currently is an active member of the East Boston Artists Group and is involved with East Boston Open Studios and Third Saturday East Boston Arts Walk. She also founded and was the past director of 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center, a nonprofit center for visual, literary and performing arts.

Artist Statement

I believe it is an artist's responsibility to create, using whatever medium best suits, art that speaks to the heart, mind and soul of the viewer, and passes on to them a message. I use my paintbrush, camera and computer graphics to express and pass on to others my joy and peace in life, as well as my outrage at the policies of current political regimes, and sadness over the suffering and apparent state of decline of mankind. I use realism to create a surrealistic view of events, places and people that is often both attractive and shocking. E.J.

You can contact EJ via email at khanstudio@comcast.net or at Khan Studio via phone at 857-891-9054.


 

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