Julie Ellis Artist

Julie Ellis

Ellis started out on her art career as a painter after completing a BA Hons in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art where she won the Corporation Student prize and graduated with a First class honours degree. 

She now exhibits nationally and her work is held in many private collections across the UK. Ellis is currently studying for Masters Contemporary Art practice at Plymouth University and paints full time in her studio located in Plymouth.

Artist Statement

A sense of place has dominated Ellis’s work which conveys ethereal and surreal landscapes dominated by atmospheric skies. A process which combines intuitive marks suggesting composition yet remaining ambiguous, without narrative inviting the viewer to bring their own understanding of the manipulated space:

“The work is less about real places much more about the autobiographical landscapes we all inhabit”.


This body of work represents an analysis of creative intuition which attempts to set aside intention for final composition, representational forms and narrative. The resulting painting aims to remove conscious thought making marks which are blind, respond to sound, environment and interactions with others. Acknowledging the interplay between know-how, personal knowledge, environment, cultural codes and interactivity creates an unexpected tension between conscious and subconscious.