Tim Ellis Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

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


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 46 cm
Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises II


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

73 x 46 cm
Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises III


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 47 cm
Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises IV


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

76 x 48 cm
Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises V


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

74 x 48 cm
Tim Ellis
United In Different Guises VI


Acrylic and varnish on cotton

77 x 48 cm
Tim Ellis
Heraldic Son


Acrylic, varnish and paper on plywood

65 diameter x 4 cm
Tim Ellis


Acrylic and varnish on rubber, perspex and metal

18 x 18 x 7 cm
Tim Ellis


Acrylic and varnish on wood

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


Acrylic, varnish, plaster, wood and found object

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


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

78 x 59 x 33 cm
Tim Ellis
Diagrammatic Emblem


Wood stain on burnt wood

136 x 136 x 6 cm
Tim Ellis


Enamel, wood stain and vinyl on MDF

40 x 30 x 3 cm
Tim Ellis


Wood stain, plastic, linen, metal fixings and wood

153 x 28 x 15 cm
Tim Ellis
Sun King


Acrylic varnish, plaster on copper

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


Acrylic, wood stain, plastic, metal fixings and wood

168 x 85 x 85 cm
Tim Ellis
Four Quarters


Acrylic, varnish, plaster and wood

160 x 76 x 76 cm
Tim Ellis


Wood, ceramic, acrylic, varnish and wood stain

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


Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips

204 x 132 cm
Tim Ellis
United in Different Guises XXXXII


Acrylic, varnish, cotton and bulldog clips

206 x 133 cm

Tim Ellis's Biography

Tim Ellis
Born in 1981, Chester, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


MA Fine Art, The Royal Academy Schools

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool School of art


'Solo Presentation', Art Rotterdam, Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam.
'Mountain People', Century, London. *

'C.O.D.A', FOLD Gallery, London.

Icastica - Municipality of Arezzo, Italy

Where We End and You Begin, Horatio jr, London.
Caramel Blush, Tim Ellis & Jack Newling, Corfu, London.
We Belong Together, Hong Kong

In The Company We Trust, Horatio jr, London

Sons of Pioneers, Furini Contemporary, Rome, Italy.
The Tourist, Spacex, Exeter, England.

A Foundation For Exchange, Primopiano, Lugano, Switzerland


'Now It Is Permitted: Wayside Pulpits', curated by Bridget Smith, Mansions of the Future, Lincoln.
'Wunderkammer', Cheslea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
'The Summer Exhibition', The Royal Academy of Arts, London. *
'New Relics', Curated by Kate Terry and Tim Ellis, Thames-Side Gallery, London.
'A History of Drawing’, curated by Kelly Chorpening, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London.
'In the Future', curated by Rosalind Davis, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
‘Pindrop A Short Affair’, Pindrop Studio in conjunction with the Royal Academy, London.*

Through Secondhand Daylight: Tail of Pup, London
'Beneath The Colour', In conjunction with Saatchi Gallery & Hyatt Regency, London.
100 x Handpicked Saatchi Gallery Chrities London & New York.
Benefizauktion: KUNST WERKt für, Novomatic Forum, Vienna.*

'Now It Is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits', curated by Bridget Smith, Swedenborg Society, London. *
'Imperfect Reverse', curated by Laurence Noga, Camberwell Project Space, University of the Arts, London. *
'Frac-tured-su-per-struc-tures', Space Station, London.
'Wish You Were Here', Estuary 2016, Metal, Southend Pier, Essex.
'Phase 1' (Reseau Peinture), Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
'Flatland', FOLD Gallery, London.

2015 - 2016
'Local Objects', curated by Rita Salvaggio, Ikeyazhang, Milan, Italy

'Platform/Platvorm', Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland. *
'The London Open', curated by Daniel Hermann & Poppy Bowers, The Whitechapel Gallery, London. *
'Illegitimate Objects', The Mathematical Institute, Oxford University. *
'INVITED', curated by Philly Adams of The Saatchi Gallery and Flora Fairbairn of Fair & Co, London.
'Walking Through Fiction', Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London. *
'Tutti Frutti', Turps Banana, Turps Gallery, London.
'Taverna - We are Open' - 'Icastica', curated by Ilaria Gianni, Fraternita Laici, Municipality of Arezzo, Italy. *
'Long Ting (No Long Ting)', curated by Cedar Lewisohn, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, One Art Space, Tribeca, New York.
The MAC International, The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Open 17, International exhibition of sculptures and installations, Venice Lido & San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy.
Flatpacked/Wrapped/Stacked, Punk&Sheep, Canary Wharf, London.
Icastica, Fraternita Laici, Museo di Ivan Bruschi & Galleria Comunale D'Arte Contemporanea, Municipality of Arezzo, Italy.
Ten, Independents Biennial, Liverpool Hope University Gallery, Liverpool.
Symbolic Logic, IAG, Hong Kong.*
Welcome to Corfu, The Depot & 48 Hours, London.

Image/Object, Furini Contemporary, Rome, Italy.
Magic 8 Ball, Fold Gallery, London.
Misinformation Centre, Hack The Barbican, The Barbican, London.
Re-View, Identity Contemporary, Hong Kong.
Beautiful~Things, The Next Door Projects, Liverpool.
NSP, Broomhill Sculpture Park, Devon.*
Best Haircuts in History, curated by Cedar Lewisohn, Soho, London.
Forward Thinking, Horatio Jr, London.
Hold The Fort, Fort, London.

Seduction, Simon Oldfield at 6 Carlos Way, London.
Forward Thinking, London and Tour, Scotland.
Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London.
Needle in a Cloud, Fold Gallery London.
Pop Molecule, Aubin Gallery, London

Secret Societies, To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence, CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France.
The Thing is the Thing, ASC Gallery, London.
The Anti-Library, Space, London.
The Others, Turin, Italy.
Progress, Progress, Progress / The Happy Valley, Glenfiddich, Scotland.
Secret Societies, To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence, The Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany.
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Art, London.
Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfiled Gallery, London.

John Moores Painting Prize 26, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Newspeak: British Art Now Part 1, The Saatchi Gallery, London.
New Symphony, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London.
Tag From 3 to 36: New London Painting, Brown Gallery, London.

The Royal Academy Schools Show, The Royal Academy of Art, London.
New Sensations, The A Foundation, London

Alexandre Pollazzon Presents, Alexandre Pollazzon London
The Future Can Wait, Charlie Smith London
Group Show, The Wilde Gallery Berlin
Premiums, The Royal Academy London

Interceptor,The Peles Empire, London
Ritual Abuse The Boys Hall Dalston, London

Half cut for confidence Independents, Liverpool Biennial
The Last Gang in Town, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Jerwood Space - London, Pittville Gallery - Cheltenham,
Rennie Mackintosh Gallery - Glasgow,
Bayart - Cardiff,
The Gallery - Dorset

Bracket This, Independents, Liverpool Bienniel
Hayvend Laboratories, Manchester Cornerhouse
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London
Hayward Gallery, London
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Northern Graduates, The Curwen and New Academy gallery London