Ellis O'Connor is a Contemporary Landscape Artist from Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing.
The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the landscape; ‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light - elements that seem to be about something intangible.’
In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.
Some of the pieces made on paper on site become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in the studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.
By producing the art work she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect the nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.
2010 - 2014 BA Fine Art, Honours, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
2015 - 2016 Master of Art & Humanities with Distinction
Member of Visual Artist Unit
Self employed Freelance Artist
Uncharted Lands: Solo Exhibition, Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr, 11th January – 11th March
Selected Works Cobalt Gallery, Pittenweem, 1st April – ongoing
Selected Works Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, 1st April – ongoing
Solo Exhibition WWT Caerlaverock Centre, Dumfries, 28th April – 16th June
Aite Iargalta: Solo Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh Lochmaddy, North Uist, 1st May – 28th July
Luaisgeachd: Solo Exhibition, Resipole Gallery, Ardnamurchan, 6th July – 24th August
Group Exhibtion, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, 14th July - 25th August
Elemental: Solo Exhibition, Talla Na Mara, Isle of Harris, September 1st – 30th
October Group Show, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff, 13th October - 10th November
2016 Royal Scottish Academy Collection, Edinburgh
University of Dundee Private Collection, Dundee
Ninewells Hospital Private Collection, Dundee
2017 Visiting Artist, The International School of Graphics, Venice, 9th January - 19th February
Bothy Project, Isle of Eigg, 15th - 22nd March
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland, 29th March – 12th April
Leveld Arts Centre, Norway, 25th April - 28th May
ØY Festival 2017, Papa Westray, Orkney, 16th – 20th November
2016 Cove Park Residency, Cove Park, Scotland, March
Artist in Residence, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick, March
DJCAD Artist in Residence, University of Dundee
Arctic Circle Expedition, selected worldwide artist to Svalbard, October
Sumburgh Head Artist in Residence, Shetland, November