Born in Belfast in 1949, Robert Ellison retired from his job in the legal profession in 2014 to concentrate more fully on his artwork. His paintings have been widely exhibited, are held in private, corporate and public collections and have attracted a significant number of awards – not least when his still life achieved the exceptional feat of taking first, second, third and fourth places in their category of the American Art Awards 2016. In 2017 a selection of his landscapes and still life featured prominently in a collective show at Agora Gallery New York and more recently twelve of his paintings were represented in the Los Angeles Art Show 2019.
On opening Robert Ellison’s first one-person show in 2005 Neil Shawcross RUA, RHA said: “All of Robert’s paintings have the ‘Wow! Factor’. Through his paintings (he) creates a world that is uniquely his own. … We are privileged to be able to see the world through his eyes”.
I paint for the challenge and joy of being able to express myself through saying something about my environment.
Blending realism and abstraction, I strive with oil or acrylic, knife and brush to convey my excitement and interest in the subject with bold and often contrasting marks, colours and textures. I find inspiration in unusual aspects of manmade or natural objects and in the field markings, shapes and skies of the natural landscape. My work is both informed and inspired by features of the many works I have seen by great European artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Chaim Soutine, the German Expressionists of the early 20th Century and more modern expressionistic painters such as Joan Eardley, Barbara Rae and David Tress.