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Newsletter - March 2017
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'Wish You Were Here'
Gordon Ellis-Brown 

New Show at Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
March 25th ~ May 6th 2017

 

Gordon Ellis-Brown’s 'Wish You Were Here' series will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Ten Years On - Showing Off’ at Porthminster Gallery, St Ives. The exhibition will showcase selected works by 8 guest artists who are exhibiting for the first time in St Ives. 
 

The ‘Wish You Were Here’ series brings a new perspective to classic seaside images from the 60s and 70s, revealing the hidden and often overlooked narratives of holiday life, while retaining the original charm and humour that characterises the great British get-away. Capturing elements from old postcards created from mechanical printing processes, Gordon amplifies the natural print imperfections, bringing microcosms of holiday life into full view, presented with classic hotelier phrases from that era. These fascinating works touch on a yearning for nostalgia as the viewer engages with the subjects on an emotional and often intimate level.
 

Porthminster Gallery at Westcott's Quay in St Ives, Cornwall is an award-winning art gallery featuring changing exhibitions and shows of contemporary and modern paintings. original artist prints and sculpture alongside collectable Post-War and Modern Artworks by St Ives, Cornish and British Artists including Peter Blake, Terry Frost, Joan Gillchrest, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Margaret Lovell, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore, Alfred Wallis. For further details of the gallery and location visit www.porthminstergallery.co.uk 
 
If you would like to attend the private view on 24th March 2017 please email enquiry@gordonellisbrown.com
Gordon Ellis-Brown ~ Soul Shaker series
 
'Angeni' (Spirit) 2016

SOUL SHAKER 
 
During his time spent in California and New Mexico, Gordon was mentored by a Native American Indian, where he became immersed in the Indian culture, developed a life-long passion for their art and built a comprehensive reference library covering the ethnology of the Native Indian tribes.
 
Using petroglyphs, pictographs and petroforms as a central component to his work, the ‘Soul Shaker’ series pays homage to the Native American Indians that used rock drawings, carvings and paintings of designs, motifs, patterns, figures and symbols. These ancient and enigmatic marks, many of which continue to elude deciphering, were deeply significant to the Indians who created them to express artistic or religious meanings, acknowledge special events, create hunting magic, encourage fertility, water and rain and produce some of the earliest known iconographic and written tribal history.

 
A selection of Gordon's work is currently on display at Chapel House, Penzance
 
'Howdy' 2016
 

Gordon produces powerful, immersive and seductive art, capturing the raw energy of the rock art symbols with pure colour, graphic intensity and depth. The shapes, compositions and narratives seek to make a connection beneath the surface that resonate with our individual life cycles and the wider global environmental challenges we face today, projecting themes, visuals and messages from people that lived in harmony with the earth and its precious resources.
 
You can view the Soul Shaker series here 
http://gordonellisbrown.com/soul-shaker.html
Gordon Ellis-Brown
 
Gordon was born and raised in a small seaside hotel on the South Coast of England. Drawing on his life by the sea, graphic design roots and time working in California and New Mexico, Gordon’s work incorporates application of pure colour, graphic iconography, photography and found objects.
 
With an acute sense of colour and deep observation of subjects, Gordon strives for simplicity, creating pictorial representations in their minimalist state, the contrasting chromatic shapes and planes generating movement, rhythm and spatial tension across the canvas. Playing with geometric abstraction, often on a cinematic scale, Gordon engages the viewer on a journey where everything that is non-essential has been removed.
'Sundance 1' 2007

‘Sundance 1’ was Gordon’s first work to be accepted in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2007, with a second work, ‘Howdy’, in 2010. ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome (465 Sunflowers 2)’ was accepted in 2013.
Gordon continues to push the boundaries with colour and form while promoting his work in the UK and internationally. His work includes original works (paintings, photography, montage, mixed media, art blocks), limited edition prints and installations.
 
For more information and to view Gordon’s works visit
www.gordonellisbrown.com

 
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Gordon Ellis-Brown, Old Kingsworthy School, Abbotsworthy, Winchester SO21 1DR United Kingdom
enquiry@gordonellisbrown.com

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