Ellis quite literally woke up one morning and decided it was time for a change of direction; inspired by his love of the urban art movement the ‘Ellis project’ was created. His work has evolved through a passion for strong graphic illustration and the stencil art movement, with influences from the likes of Antoni Tàpies, Mark Rothko, Banksy and Blek Le Rat.
However, the main driving force behind the work was street art and the way it looks and feels on the street. The challenge was to create a way of producing work that maintains this rawness and the texture when translated into print and fulfil the ultimate aim of bringing street art from the “outside in”. Ellis’s artwork draws from iconic moments in history, which he then likes to add a twist to, or create a juxtaposition to challenge the viewer.
These can be humorous, controversial (even shocking) or just plain ‘arty’ depending on what visually works for him. Ellis uses a variety of mediums to create his unique editions. Plaster, watercolour, sand, acrylic and gouache plus a few secret additions. The limited edition pieces differ in look from the unique editions but each one has been worked on extensively by Ellis to ensure they offer the same depth of image and retain their visual impact.