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Rachtwurst 2
Tom Ellis
Rachtwurst 2

2009

Oil on canvas and marker pen

40.5 x 30.5 cm
Tom Ellis’s Rachtwurst 2 takes as its subject Steve McCurry’s famous photograph Afghan Girl, which was used on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and became an international icon for the Afghan conflict. The girl in the photograph was an unknown refugee and her identity wasn’t discovered until 2002; though Sharbat Gula’s face has become one of the most recognisable images of the 20th century, she was completely unaware of its existence or impact. Ellis paints this image in humble scale and defaces the portrait with marker pen. By degrading the image Ellis deconstructs this historical moment, nullifying its propaganda power and highlighting the gulf between cultural mythology and personal reality. Ellis describes this work as “prising the image from the jaws of failure.”
The Dogs
Tom Ellis
The Dogs

2010

Acrylic on canvas

264 x 374 cm
Ellis’s work deals with the mechanisms of culture production. “Received modes and styles of working, stolen ideas, copies and replays of cultural moments are as real to me as anything else. The strategies of blow-up, monochrome, rip-off and repetition are really just all ways of pursuing this one basic aim to produce a work that exists independently of me,” Ellis explains. The Dogs is a blow-up of a small, full-colour oil painting that Ellis made combining a found image and a landscape he painted from life in 1998. By stripping the image of colour and enlarging it to monumental proportions Ellis aggrandises the crudeness and banality of the subject and reinvests these attributes with power and importance.
The Basket
Tom Ellis
The Basket

2010

Acrylic on canvas

364 x 275 cm
“My imagery is drawn from imagination, from direct experience, from mass media and from art history to question what constitutes authentic experience. In a world overflowing with images nothing and everything is a worthwhile subject; nothing and everything is an unmediated, direct, and personal experience. By the time I come to finishing a painting, especially the blow-ups, I have to an extent created the illusion that I am working with a ready-made. For a work to be successful I have to have somehow disowned its aesthetic decisions by the time it is complete. I love finding some odd, mysterious, unknowing painting in a junk shop by some unknown artist/craftsman: I can enjoy it for what it is in all its glory and all its failure – that situation is how I want to experience my own work.”






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Tom Ellis's BIOGRAPHY

Tom Ellis
1973
Born in London
Lives and works in London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

2009
Get Me A Show In China, Space, London

2008
Wszystko/Everything, Czarna Gallery, Warsaw
Some Things I Do For Money, Some Things I Do For Free, Projector, Rotterdam

2007
Der Landshafter, K3, Zurich
Klever Strasse, Mot International, London
Sweet F.A., Freight And Volume, New York

2006
Virtual Fireworks, The Pirate Castle, London

2005
Photographies, Kontainer, Los Angeles
Inversion, Platform, London

2004
Unsupported Images, T1+2 Artspace, London

2003
Dead Hotel, Percy Miller Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2009
We Came Here To Get Laid, Not To Critique Dutch Culture With Richard Parry And Clunie Reid, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

2007
Aggression, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur
Propaganda Machine (Local Operations), Serpentine Gallery, London
Intelligent Muscle, The Café Gallery, London

2006
Mixed Pickles, K3 Project Space, Zurich
Mining, West Germany, Berlin

2005
Virtual Fireworks, Port Eliot Literary Festival, Cornwall
Intelligent Design, Cumberland Wharf Gardens, London
Lore, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow
As If By Proxy, Redux, London

2004
Minimal As Maximal, Kontainer, Los Angeles
Totem, Mot, London
Freedom Fries, Cumberland Wharf Gardens, London
Sculpture Garden, Nr. Old Street Roundabout (Flaca), London
Dead Hotel, Kontainer, Los Angeles

2003
Side Track, Percy Miller Gallery, London
East Wing Collection No.6 – Urban Networks, The Courtauld Institute, London
Ergo Thus, Martinez Gallery, New York
Georg Baselitz Or Mike Kelley, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London

2002
Chockerfuckingblocked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London
In Your Time, Percy Miller Gallery, London

2001
Mail Art, Institute For International Visual Arts (Iniva), London