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Martha Ellis

Martha Ellis
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Martha Ellis is inspired by natural and urban landscapes, exploring positive and negative space, and the challenge of using laser technology to create cut out drawings.

Ellis is greatly influenced by nature, particularly how it contrasts and compliments manmade forms and architecture. Having grown up in Marsden, West Yorkshire, her early works drew inspiration from the iconic Yorkshire Pennines - dry stone walls, woollen mills and terraced houses interwoven with fields, moorland, wild flowers and rivers. Her more recent work investigates the juxtaposition between constructed buildings and nature in her drawings based on her visits to Kew Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

An ever-growing fascination in reducing complex scenery down to more simplified lines and block colours has been inspired by the work of Julian Opie and Michael Craig-Martin. All Ellis’ pieces start with pencil and paper as she spends hours drawing from life in her sketchbook. She re-creates these line drawings on the computer, painstakingly adding detail until she is finally happy. Using laser technology, Ellis then cuts out the drawing, creating eye catching and intriguing pieces. Her unique wooden laser cut drawings are hung directly onto the wall where they cast beautiful shadows which vary depending on strength of light, cloud or time of day, a deliberately interactive and living aspect to her art.
2019 MADE:Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
​2019 ‘Flux Exhibition 2019', The Army Museum, London
​2019 Borders Art Fair, Kelso
​2019 Talented Art Fair, London
​2019 ‘Yorkshire Landscapes’, Art Form Gallery, Bradford
​2019 Winter Exhibition. Roundhay Park, English Art Co, Leeds
​2018 ‘Summer Exhibition 2018’, Royal Academy, London
​2018 '30X30'. Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
​2018 ‘Present Perfect Continuous’, Zverev Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow
​2018 ‘Art Roundhay Park’, Roundhay Park, English Art Co, Leeds
​2018 New Artist Fair, London
​2018 ‘Summer Exhibition’, Globe Arts Gallery, Slaithwaite
​2018 ‘Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018’, Shortlisted at Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle
2018 ‘Vibrant', Art Number 23 Gallery, Biscuit Factory, London
2016 'Re-Present Exhibition', The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Sheffield
2015 Enjoy Art Gallery, Marsden
2014 Handmade in Britain, Little Venice, London
2014 MADE:Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Institute of Education, London Secondary PGCE Art and Design
Middlesex University, London BA (Hons) Fine Art
Leeds College of Art and Design, Foundation
'Water Lilies'
  • Martha Ellis
  • 'Water Lilies'
  • Laser cutting
'Glass House'
  • Martha Ellis
  • 'Glass House'
  • Laser cutting
'Cactus House'
  • Martha Ellis
  • 'Cactus House'
  • Laser cutting
'The Allotment'
  • Martha Ellis
  • 'The Allotment'
  • Laser cutting
'Calton Hill - West'
  • Martha Ellis
  • 'Calton Hill - West'
  • Laser cutting