Large Still Life, 'The Tiger Tablecloth,' Poppy Ellis
Large contemporary, still life entitled, 'The Tiger Tablecloth,' by British artist, Poppy Ellis.
A tablecloth yawns across a French table, its curly legs just seen on the left. Patterns of tigers prance around a tart of figs and a mauve plate of amethyst aubergines and lime coloured tomatoes. A sprouting fig plant stands alone in a red pot.
Ellis uses abstract angular blocks of colour alongside softer blurred edges, combined with a love of exuberant pattern and impactful colour.
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