Contemporary Painting, 'The Jazzy Vase,' Poppy Ellis
Large, post impressionist/cubist still life painting by British artist, Poppy Ellis.
Two plaster pink tables one decorated with abstract faces and one with a swath of aquamarine striped trim. A richly painted vase is decorated with thick rainbow arcs. On the larger table a midnight blue plate with lemons, a bowl of chalky, pastel eggs and an artichoke are destined for mayonnaise. A skeletal blue rattan chair breaks the black form on the left and the outline of discarded shoes the black square at the bottom.
About the Artist
Poppy Ellis is a painter, she lives on the edge of the English Channel in a wind swept corner of Kent.
She grew up in Sunderland and studied Illustration at Newcastle. She has worked as an art director in publishing, packaging and food styling.
Ellis is inspired by folklore and fairy tales, secrets and puzzles. Her pieces are narrative, often connecting themes from her childhood. Red Riding Hood may be juxtaposed with the Tale of Jeremy Fisher. Vases of tissue paper, poppies sit happy with a Feegee Mermaid.
Her style layers painterly and abstract with graphic elements and patterns. Her still life painting mix old and new pieces, medieval ceramics mingle with contemporary pottery.
Ellis worked as an art director in London for many years and has now traded in her train card for her studio which she shares with her husband and two barky dogs.
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 88 x 97
Inches: 35 x 38
CM: 70 x 80
Inches: 25 1/2 x 31 1/2
Medium: Acrylic and Collage on Board
Provenance: British School, signed lower left