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The artist Martha Ellis is sat drawing in a sketchbook on her lap as she sits outside a white cottage

ABOUT MARTHA

I am inspired by natural and urban landscapes, exploring positive and negative space, and the challenge of turning my subject matter into stylised cut-out drawings. I have an ever-growing fascination in reducing complex scenery down to more simplified lines and block colours.

All my cut-out works start with pencil and paper as I spend hours drawing from life in my sketchbook. These drawings are then either hand cut from sheet material using a Stanley knife, Jigsaw or plasma cutter; or by using laser technology.

For laser cut drawings, I re-create my pencil drawn compositions on the computer, painstakingly adding detail by hand until I am finally happy. The laser then cuts out the drawing, creating eye catching and intriguing pieces.

My unique wall mounted pieces 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 my art.

An image from an exhibition of the work by Martha Ellis, there are lots of drawings on the wall and two sculpture in the forground. Martha Ellis is stood with her work

RESUME

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

2022 ‘Inception’ Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith

2022 Gallery 32 ‘Winter Sculpture Park’, Bexley London

2022 ‘Re-Connect’ VACMA Award East Lothian, The John Grey Centre, Haddington

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:

2022 Borders Art Fair, Kelso, Scotland

2021 Marchmont House Open Studio, Duns, Scotland

2020 The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

2020 Borders Art Fair, Kelso Scotland

2019 MADE:Showcase Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2019 Chantry House Gallery, Harrogate

2019 The Number Four Gallery, St Abbs

2019 The Moreton Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

2019 Borders Art Fai’, 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, Society of Scottish Artists, 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 Vibran’ Exhibition Art Number 23 Gallery, Biscuit Factory London

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

2015 Enjoy Art Gallery, Marsden Yorkshire

2014 Handmade in Britain, Little Venice London                     

2014 MADE:Showcase Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2019         Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh

2021         Marchmont House, Scottish Borders

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