Ellie Rowe

Artist Statement

I appropriate found imagery from social media selfies as a starting point for my work, but the portraits are often autobiographical.  I convey meaning through the visual language of paint; large sections of the canvas covered in impasto acrylic paint and a colour palette that might move or disturb the viewer.

The outcome of the work depends on my mood when I am creating a piece, none of my portraits are pre-determined.  I work instinctively when faced with the canvas, making choices of colour and shape as I create.  Working large scale is intentional, the pieces looming out of the corner of the eye of the viewer, overwhelming a space with their size, the stretcher intact and wall mounted to convey the notion of support for those who struggle.

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