Large, Contemporary Painting, 'Hawaiian Dress,' Poppy Ellis
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Large, Contemporary Painting, 'Hawaiian Dress,' by British artist, Poppy Ellis.
Drawing on influences such as Gaugin and Matisse, Ellis reveals a hint of her personality in this colourful self portrait. A pink Hawaiian dress splattered with flowers and foliage is the focus here, her face is a fabulous creme de menthe with a shot of absinth highlight, the dairymaid plaits wound about her head are golden. Lovely circular movement arcs from the nape of her neck around her back, winding through her extended leg and the fluttering table cloth as the painting's energy exits stage left.
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.
In a French Montparnasse vintage frame.
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 80 x 96
Inches: 31 1/2 x 38
CM: 65 x 81
Inches: 25 1/2 x 32
Medium: Acrylic on Board
Provenance: British School, signed lower right, signed, dated and titled verso.
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