ARTIST:

Tim Ellis

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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.

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises I, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
74 x 46 cm

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises II, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
73 x 46 cm

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises III, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
74 x 47 cm

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises IV, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
76 x 48 cm

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises V, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
74 x 48 cm

Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises VI, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on cotton
77 x 48 cm

Tim Ellis
Heraldic Son, 2009
Acrylic, varnish and paper on plywood
65 diameter x 4 cm

Tim Ellis
Broadcast, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on rubber, perspex and metal
18 x 18 x 7 cm

Tim Ellis
Tableau, 2009
Acrylic and varnish on wood
40.5 diameter x 3.5 cm

Tim Ellis
For The Good Of All, 2009
Acrylic, varnish, plaster, wood and found object
128 x 55 x 23 cm

Tim Ellis
With Trade Becomes Union, 2009
Acrylic, metal fixings, linen, plaster, wood and found objects
78 x 59 x 33 cm

Tim Ellis
Diagrammatic Emblem, 2009
Wood stain on burnt wood
136 x 136 x 6 cm

Tim Ellis
Allegory, 2009
Enamel, wood stain and vinyl on MDF
40 x 30 x 3 cm

Tim Ellis
Rebuke, 2009
Wood stain, plastic, linen, metal fixings and wood
153 x 28 x 15 cm

Tim Ellis
Sun King, 2009
Acrylic varnish, plaster on copper
43 diameter x 4 cm

Tim Ellis
In A Beginning Lies An End, 2009
Acrylic, wood stain, plastic, metal fixings and wood
168 x 85 x 85 cm

Tim Ellis
Four Quarters, 2009
Acrylic, varnish, plaster and wood
160 x 76 x 76 cm

Tim Ellis
Transmission, 2010
Wood, ceramic, acrylic, varnish and wood stain
137 x 69 x 69 cm

Tim Ellis
United in Different Guises XXXXV, 2010
Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips
204 x 132 cm

Tim Ellis
United in Different Guises XXXXII, 2010
Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips
206 x 133 cm

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