Bristol-based artist Lee Ellis is a multimedia artist known for his expressive abstract portraits. Combining elements of painting, drawing and printmaking, Lee’s dynamic approach makes for rich, bold and emotional works of art. With colours and figures reminiscent of Francis Bacon’s visceral style, Lee’s dynamic approach conveys the raw emotion and inner turmoil of his characters. Characterised by saturated colours and heavy brushwork, the process-led nature of Lee’s art reflects the energy of each piece.
Lee Ellis’ Education and Process
After graduating from the University of the West of England in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Design, Lee initially worked in design, only painting in his spare time. Within no time, the expressive and unrestrained nature of creating portrait paintings led to Lee’s vocation as a fine artist. Painting is Lee’s predominant means of creating, yet he is constantly drawing and experimenting with other mediums. In fact, experimenting is integral to Lee’s work, it is what drives his art forward.
Exhibitions and Collaborations
Since 2007, Lee has exhibited in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout the UK. His stand-out solo shows, It’s Not Me, It’s You, Leebay and Welcome To the Neighborhood track the ever-evolving nature of Lee’s style over the past ten years, reflecting developments in medium, subject and style. Lee’s vibrant and striking style has also caught the eye of commercial clients such as House and Garden Magazine.
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"The artist's expressive style is unusual and striking, forcing us to look at his subjects, whether human or inanimate objects, in a new light."
Katherine Mellor - Rise Art Curator
Artworks by Lee Ellis
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