Large, 'Self Portrait, Red Kimono,' Poppy Ellis
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Large, 'Self Portrait, Red Kimono,' by contemporary British artist, Poppy Ellis.
There is a joyous Japanese flavour in this self portrait. The vibrant patterned kimono is an obviously candidate but it's the diagonal composition, the figure cutting through the canvas, that puts one in mind of Gauguin. Those flat, broad areas of outlined colour inspired by the Ukiyo-e printmakers in Paris in the 1860s.
Bouncing with rosey hues and sun reds, a sliver of cyan thigh, thickly applied paint with juicy, fluid strokes.
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 French Montparnasse vintage frame.
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 95 x 55
Inches: 37 1/2 x 21 1/2
CM: 81 x 41
Inches: 32 x 16
Medium: Acrylic on Board
Provenance: British School, signed lower right, signed and titled verso
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