Elvis Ellis (British)
The key idea of Ellis’s artistic vision is taking something small and making it big, which he pursues in his Dot Matterseries, laboriously hand-painting, cutting, and compiling hundreds - thousands of unique dots, and in his Zoom Exploitedseries where he expands/explodes the colours and textures in each dot. He combines wild, freeform painting with rigorous dedication to style, form and flow.
Ellis’s deep understanding of design principles, coupled with his commitment to the craft of painting and willingness to think big and risk-take produce artworks of immense ingenuity, dynamism and skill.
Ellis’s mode of creating reveals painting as an intuitive process, where the canvas is a space for thought. Each circle is a seed for a greater composition. Each finished composition is a microcosm built by the will to make a mark and communicate through colour.
The resultant effect is a movement of the medium of painting altogether beyond categories such as ‘pop’ and ‘abstract’, towards a celebration of the gesture of creating as such. For Ellis, painting is affirmation: affirmation of the possible as an ever-expandable thing.