Ella is a multidisciplinary artist working with painting, film, photography and performance. Her primary focus is painting, informed by experiencing mixed ethnic identities and by exploring the destabilisation of fixed identities, of gender  and sexuality. Ella is fascinated by observing people, their behaviour, temperament and clothing questioning display and social ‘performance’. Painting semi-fictional portraits in real and imagined scenarios, she plays with fact and fiction in an attempt to understand her own sense of being.

Ella works from photographs, drawing, memory and writing. Play and experimentation are at the heart of her process, investigating how imagery evolves through the act of painting. 'The element of surprise and chance within painting excites me to capture not only what is seen in a moment but also what is felt, recalled and understood'.


Biography


Education

2015-2018 BA Fine Art Fine Art, Falmouth University, Falmouth, Cornwall


Residencies

September 2018 Porthmeor Studios

July 2017 CAST Residency, Helston, Cornwall

May 2016 The Bunker Project, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall



Upcoming 

Solo exhibition with All Mouth - September 

Group exhibition at Morgans. Falmouth - October 


Exhibitions

Febuary 2021 'Return of the Native II' Bridport Art Centre

January 2021 'Life on Venus, The Human'  curated by the tub, Hackney, auctioned with the auction collective

4th December 2020 'Curated for Christmas' curated' by All Mouth Gallery

8-14th December 2020 'Life On Venus, The Landscape' curated by the tub, Hackney, auctioned with the auction collective

 9th - 31st August 2020 'A Dream Is Not A Dream' curated by Purslane art. Online exhibition 

8th May - 8th June 2020 'Curated for Covid' online group exhibition 

7th- 29th June - Solo Exhibition 'To Belong or Not To Belong?' Literary and Scientific Institute, Bridport, Dorset

14th-16th June 2019 -'Island Exhibition' Enys House, Penryn, Cornwall

8th 19th January 2019 FBA Futures, Mall Galleries. London

August 4th 2018 RYMD Projects group show, Reykjavik, Iceland.

May 25th-30th 2018 Falmouth school of art BA degree show, Falmouth, Cornwall

September 2017 Interior Shift, Falmouth, Cornwall

April 2017 The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall


Awards & prizes

2019 Shortlisted New English Art club

2019 Longlisted Dephian Print Exhibition

2019 Shortlisted Johnathan Vickers Prize

2018 Longlisted Evening Standard painting prize

2018 The Wilhelmina Barns Graham Travel to Italy award

2018 Falmouth School of Art purchase Prize


Publications 

 2020 'Climate Matters', Riptide Journal edition 13 




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