Martha Ellis artist
Martha Ellis 'Allotment' print at the Royal Academy summer exhibiton
Martha Ellis 'Allotment' print at the Royal Academy summer exhibiton

ABOUT MARTHA

Martha Ellis is inspired by natural and urban landscapes, exploring positive and negative space, and the challenge of using laser technology to create cut out drawings. 

Ellis is greatly influenced by nature, particularly how it contrasts and compliments manmade forms and architecture.  Her work investigates the juxtaposition between constructed buildings and nature in her drawings based on her visits to Kew Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She is currently working on a body of work which tracks the seasons at a specific section of the Whiteadder River, near Duns in the Scottish Borders. Taking the grasses and plants which are found there and creating a series of composite laser cut drawings. By altering the scale and location of these plants, the beauty they possess (but often ignored) are framed in a new light. Her intention is to encourage people to look more, see what is beneath their feet, on the edge of a track or river and in the pure joy and beauty of the mundane!

 

An ever-growing fascination in reducing complex scenery down to more simplified lines and block colours has been inspired by the work of Zadok Ben – David, Julian Opie and Michael Craig-Martin.  All Ellis’ pieces start with pencil and paper as she spends hours drawing from life in her sketchbook. She re-creates these line drawings on the computer, painstakingly adding detail until she is finally happy. Using laser technology, Ellis then cuts out the drawing, creating eye catching and intriguing pieces. Her unique wooden laser cut drawings are hung directly onto the wall where they cast beautiful shadows which vary depending on strength of light, cloud or time of day, a deliberately interactive and living aspect to her art.

RESUME

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

2020     ‘Salon des Refuses’ part of New Light Art Prize, Scarborogh Art Gallery

2019     ‘UTOPIA’, touring exhibition, Society of Scottish Artists

2019     Royal Birmingham Society of Artist, Prize Exhibition (Highly Commended)

2018     ‘Summer Exhibition 2018’ Royal Academy, London

2018     ‘Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018’ Shortlisted at Biscuit Factory                      Gallery, Newcastle

2018     ‘Present Perfect Continuous’ group exhibition, Zverev Contemporary Art                    Centre, Moscow

 

OTHER EXHIBITIONS:

 

2021       Marchmont House Open Studio's

2020       The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

2020       ‘Borders Art Fair’, Kelso Scotland

2019       ‘MADE:Showcase’ Yorkshire Sculpture Park (and in 2014)

2019       Chantry House Gallery, Harrogate

2019       The Number Four Gallery, St Abbs

2019       The Moreton Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

2019       ‘Borders Art Fair’, Kelso Scotland

2019       ‘Flux’ group exhibition at The Army Museum, London

2019       ‘Talented Art Fair’, London

2019       ‘Yorkshire Landscapes’ Art Form Gallery, Bradford

2019        Winter Exhibition Roundhay Park, English Art Co.

2018        30X30 Group exhibition, SSA, Royal Scottish Academy

2018        ‘Art Roundhay Park’ English Art Co group exhibition, Leeds

2018        New Artist Fair’, London

2018        ‘Summer Exhibition’ Globe Arts Gallery, Slaithwaite

2018        ‘Vibrant’ Exhibition Art Number 23 Gallery, Biscuit Factory London

2016        The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Re-Present Exhibition

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2019         Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh

2021         Marchmont House, Scottish Borders