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Ellis O'Connor - Sumainn 30 March - 27 April 2019


About the artist Ellis O’Connor’s new collection ‘Sumainn’; a Gaelic phrase to describe the swell of the sea is inspired from her surroundings living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist far off the west coast of Scotland. Ellis’s paintings respond to her experience of being immersed in the environment and in elements that crash upon the Western Isles. She is drawn to extremes, places that are raw, where the elements are unforgiving. It feels real to her, whilst being fascinated by untamed lands and how they make her feel alive. Being in nature gives her perspective and it is this feeling of awe, and her own experience of being immersed in a wild place that she aims to put across to the viewer, so they too can feel the sheer significance of the landscape. The dynamic energy to be seen in Ellis’s paintings is her response to observed changes in the landscape; ‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light elements that seem to be about something intangible.’


In order to immerse herself in her environment, Ellis makes much of her artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into her pieces. She describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’. When outdoors she mainly uses water-based materials such as inks, combined with charcoal, conté and lots of rain! From conveying the texture and lines of the geology of the landscape to portraying the power of the elements, Ellis wants to enable the viewer to connect with the landscape and respect what is sacred. Ellis graduated from DJCAD in 2014 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. in 2015 she won the Royal Scottish Academy Landscape Award.


Ellis O'Connor - CV Education 2010 - 2014 BA (Hons.) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design 2015 - 2016 Master of Art & Humanities with Distinction Member of Visual Artist Unit Self employed Freelance Artist Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust Practitioner Awards 2016 International Travel Bursary for Visual Arts supported by the Saltire Society and the British Council Scotland Tay Landscape Award Dundee Visual Art & Craft Award 2015 William Sangster Phillips Award Royal Scottish Academy Landscape Award Fleming Collection selected Scottish Artist Dundee Visual Art and Craft Award 2014 Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Florence Scholarship Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2015 Selected Artist


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) Talks/ Workshops 2017 Invited speaker to the Scottish Parliament as part of Scot Link Week 'Deep Time Drawing with Ellis O'Connor' a drawing workshop as part of the An Talla Solais Murmur Show 2016 Green Tease: Iceland’s Landscapes: Science & Art with Dr Anthony Newton & Ellis O’Connor, Tuesday 25th October. Speaker at the Just Landed Exhibition, An Talla Solais, Ullapool Led community engaged drawing workshops in Ullapool 2015 Creative Conversations selected speaker, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Speaker to coincide with Another place Show, Wall Projects, Montrose Speaker at the Arctic Circle Conference as part of Lateral North, Reykjavik The Sublime in Landscape Art Presentation and Workshop, Ólafsfjörður


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) Exhibitions 2018 Uncharted Lands: Solo Exhibition, Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr, 11th January – 11th March Selected Works Cobalt Gallery, Pittenweem, 1st April – ongoing Selected Works Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, 1st April – ongoing Solo Exhibition WWT Caerlaverock Centre, Dumfries, 28th April – 16th June Aite Iargalta: Solo Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh Lochmaddy, North Uist, 1st May – 28th July Luaisgeachd: Solo Exhibition, Resipole Gallery, Ardnamurchan, 6th July – 24th August Group Exhibtion, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, 14th July - 25th August Elemental: Solo Exhibition, Talla Na Mara, Isle of Harris, September 1st – 30th October Group Show, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff, 13th October - 10th November 2017 Murmur - Artists reflect on climate change, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 5th August 17th September Autumn Show, Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan, 1st September - 22nd October Members Show, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 30th September - 23rd December Group Show, North Lands Creative Winter Show, 24th November - 2nd February


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) 2016 Skammdegi Group Show, Salur Myndlistarfélagsins Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland Listhus Art Space Group Show, Listhus 10 Art Space, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland Tracing the Land, Solo show, Mjólkurbúðin Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland Moving Mountains, An Ealdhain Arts Trust, Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William Just Landed, New Graduate Exhibition, An Talla Solais, Ullapool Fading Light, Grampian Arts Trust, 11th May – 24th June, Aberdeen SCOTLAND + Venice: Prospect North, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, Venice, June - July Image Collective, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, 2nd - 16th September Dundee Science Festival, Dundee, 29th October – 13th November Solo show, John Muir Wild Space, Pitlochry, 8th November – 4th January 2017


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) 2015 RSW Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Group show, La Galerie 1940, Edinburgh RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh New Scottish Artists, Fleming Collection, Mayfair, London Corridor: VAU Members Show, Visual Artist Unit, Glasgow Another Place, Wall Projects Solo Exhibition, Montrose Dimmi Tell me, Group Exhibition, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh Edges, Solo Exhibition, Meffan Gallery Solo Exhibition, Forfar DJCAD Masters Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee VAU Annual Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee Lateral North, South Block Gallery, Glasgow, Festschrift, House for an Art Lover’s Studio Pavilion, Glasgow The North of Scotland Grapevine, Front Cover, Inverness The Bridge Magazine2014 Way Points, Group Show, Isle of Eigg Exhibition, Isle of Eigg, Small Isles Black Cube Collective’s Annual Show, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh Traces; Aesthetics of the Landscape, Solo Exhibition, Discovery Point, Dundee Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee Generator Members Show, Dundee


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) Collections 2016 Royal Scottish Academy Collection, Edinburgh University of Dundee Private Collection, Dundee Ninewells Hospital Private Collection, Dundee Publications 60 North Magazine, Summer Issue, Shetland The North of Scotland Grapevine, Front Cover, Inverness The Bridge Magazine


Ellis O'Connor - CV (cont.) Residencies 2017 Visiting Artist, The International School of Graphics, Venice, 9th Jan - 19th Feb Bothy Project, Isle of Eigg, 15th - 22nd March Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland, 29th March – 12th April Leveld Arts Centre, Norway, 25th April - 28th May ØY Festival 2017, Papa Westray, Orkney, 16th – 20th November 2016 Cove Park Residency, Cove Park, Scotland, March Artist in Residence, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick, March DJCAD Artist in Residence, University of Dundee Arctic Circle Expedition, selected worldwide artist to Svalbard, October Sumburgh Head Artist in Residence, Shetland, November 2015 Bothy Project, Sweeney's Bothy, Isle of Eigg, January Nes artist studios, Skagaströnd, Iceland, October - November Listhus Skammdegi AIR Award, Ólafsfjördur, December - March 2014 Bothy Project Inshriach, Aviemore, Highland Scotland, January Northern Isles Expedition to Shetland, July Fljotstunga Eco Farm, Iceland, November


The Paintings


Western Front ÂŁ1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Sumainn £1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Passenger ÂŁ1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Unrest £1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Grieve £1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Lost Island £1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Crossing ÂŁ1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Deep Moon River £1200 90x90cm Oil on canvas, unframed


Tempest £1650 120x100cm Oil on canvas Unframed


Rift £1650 120x100cm Oil on canvas Unframed


Vanishing Tide £1650 120x100cm Oil on canvas Unframed

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Ellis O'Connor - Sumainn  

A new set of eleven large scale oil paintings currently showing at The Laundry Gallery, Aviemore. 30 March - 27 April 2019. To enquire abou...

Ellis O'Connor - Sumainn  

A new set of eleven large scale oil paintings currently showing at The Laundry Gallery, Aviemore. 30 March - 27 April 2019. To enquire abou...

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