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Tim Ellis
Various works installed





Tim Ellis’s unique approach to art-making crafts a ubiquitous logic from the haphazard and coincidental. By drawing mental and tactile relations between materials and subtly altering their forms, Ellis highlights a sensitive interlacing between artifice and natural order. In Ellis’s work found objects such as plates, vases, and Christmas tree ornaments are reconfigured to become assemblages of totemic significance. His practice revolves around his idea that “a being has a primeval desire to want to belong to something greater than oneself. This ‘wanting to belong’ manifests itself in both the production and consumption of cultural artefacts. Whether in isolation or as a collection, artefacts are dependent on a creator, mediator and audience. My work juxtaposes a culturally diverse collection of objects questioning their value and original purpose. The viewer is forced to engage in the notions of value, authorship and display.” Ellis often treats his readymade components with slight interventions, such as faux finishing bric-a-brac so they appear as more stately materials, or editing motifs to co-relate to other objects in the group. Through these minute alterations Ellis strives to engender his work. Conceiving each piece as male or female, he fabricates an instinctive harmony or ‘genetic bonding’ through the objects’ aesthetic handling. In his museological presentation, paintings are completed on pillowcases, and elaborate stands are designed at both plinth and kitchen countertop height, some replicate Victorian plant stands; blurring the domestic and exotic, their familiar scaling becomes a template of karmic measurement. His sculptures, which stand in as archaic transmitters, receive and refract all the various elements from their mysterious towers: Chinoiserie and Delft pottery, Viking shields, alchemical orbs, and trade union-like banners, prized relics both real and fake, all speaking the same cryptic language of universality and timelessness.
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises I

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 46 cm
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises II

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

73 x 46 cm
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises III

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 47 cm
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises IV

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

76 x 48 cm
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises V

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 48 cm
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Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises VI

2009

Acrylic and varnish on cotton

77 x 48 cm
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Tim Ellis
Heraldic Son

2009

Acrylic, varnish and paper on plywood

65 diameter x 4 cm
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Tim Ellis
Broadcast

2009

Acrylic and varnish on rubber, perspex and metal

18 x 18 x 7 cm
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Tim Ellis
Tableau

2009

Acrylic and varnish on wood

40.5 diameter x 3.5 cm
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Tim Ellis
For The Good Of All

2009

Acrylic, varnish, plaster, wood and found object

128 x 55 x 23 cm
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Tim Ellis
With Trade Becomes Union

2009

Acrylic, metal fixings, linen, plaster, wood and found objects

78 x 59 x 33 cm
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Tim Ellis
Diagrammatic Emblem

2009

Wood stain on burnt wood

136 x 136 x 6 cm
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Tim Ellis
Allegory

2009

Enamel, wood stain and vinyl on MDF

40 x 30 x 3 cm
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Tim Ellis
Rebuke

2009

Wood stain, plastic, linen, metal fixings and wood

153 x 28 x 15 cm
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Tim Ellis
Rebuke (alternative view)

2009

Wood stain, plastic, linen, metal fixings and wood

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Tim Ellis
Sun King

2009

Acrylic varnish, plaster on copper

43 diameter x 4 cm
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Tim Ellis
In A Beginning Lies An End

2009

Acrylic, wood stain, plastic, metal fixings and wood

168 x 85 x 85 cm
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Tim Ellis
Four Quarters

2009

Acrylic, varnish, plaster and wood

160 x 76 x 76 cm
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Tim Ellis
Four Quarters (detail)

2009

Acrylic, varnish, plaster and wood

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Tim Ellis
Transmission

2010

Wood, ceramic, acrylic, varnish and wood stain

137 x 69 x 69 cm
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Tim Ellis
United in Different Guises XXXXV

2010

Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips

204 x 132 cm
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Tim Ellis
United in Different Guises XXXXII

2010

Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips

206 x 133 cm

OTHER RESOURCES

timellis.org
The artist's website - paintings, sculptures, installations and upcoming shows

browngallery.co.uk
Group show at Brown Gallery - TAG, From 3 to 36: New London Painting, January 7 - February 6, 2010

thefuturecanwait.com
Additional information and images – Nick GossTim Ellis paintings and installations investigate the historical and mythological narratives of belief systems. His ideas emerge from a beings primeval desire to belong to something greater than ones self. The Characters that are played out in his works are descendants from humanities rich past, each one a universal metaphor that transcend cultural history. Whether gathered to celebrate a solstice, equinox or a religious ritual, the same metaphors appear encapsulated in the temporal cycles of our world.

fadwebsite.com
Tim Ellis in group show at Galerie Schuster Berlin “New London School” 2009

royalacademy.org.uk
Royal Academy Schools – Tim Ellis, 2009