Ellis O'Connor is a Contemporary Landscape Artist from Scotland living on the dramatic Isle of Skye 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
Self employed Freelance Artist
2023 Frontier, Solo Exhibition, Discovery Centre, Dundee, 1st February - April 23rd.
Solo Exhibition, Eilean Armain, Isle Ornsay, Isle of Skye, 30th March to 19th April
Exhibition, Annan Gallery, Glasgow, 30th April - 22nd May
Solo Exhibition, The Steadings Gallery, Balmacara, 23rd - 28th July
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