Ella is a multidisciplinary artistworking with painting, film, photography and performance. Her primary focus ispainting, informed by experiencing the complexity of gender and mixed ethnicidentities. Ella is fascinated by observing people, their behaviours,temperaments, and clothing, questioning identity, belonging and performance. Throughpainting semi-fictional portraits in real and imagined scenarios, Ella Playswith fact and fiction in 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


Exhibitions


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





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