Contemporary Painting, 'The Wiveton Owls', Poppy Ellis
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Wonderful, decorative painting by contemporary artist, Poppy Ellis representing her memory of a summer evening spent at Wiveton, Norfolk, watching the owls swoop over the River Glaven.
Poppies and meadow flowers crowd a medieval vase, depicting an owl in silver grey with eau de Nil highlights. A swathe of bluebell hued, fabric depicting owls in flight sits at the right of the composition. Loosely painted with thick brush stokes typical of Ellis's painterly, highly decorative style.
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.
Original French Montparnasse Frame with some scratches, chips and knocks commensurate with age.
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 74 x 59
Inches: 29 x 23
CM: 63 x 49
Inches: 25 x 19
Medium: Acrylic on Board
Provenance: British School, signed lower right