Clay Ellis RCA : Exhibitions

Amuse - Bouches & Mintz

November 15 - December 30, 2018

Clay Ellis’ newest exhibition of paintings presents a vivid and delectable play with colour and form; a quality that over the years has come to define his dynamic painting and sculptural style. The show’s title, Amuse-Bouches & Mintz, alludes to a small culinary offering providing a glimpse into a chef’s “style”, while also making associations with Charles Mintz’s animated shorts of the 1930s.


sculptures at an exhibition

November 17 - December 03, 2016

The wordplay of Clay Ellis’ title, “Sculptures At An Exhibition”, carries more meaning than a simple reference to Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition”. Ellis’ approach to making art is anything but simple, and extends well beyond the irony of associating his latest exhibition with the 10-movement piano piece that itself was inspired by an art exhibition.


in the we manner

September 11 - September 30, 2014

According to the artist: The exhibition “in the we manner” represents a mix of images, patterns, and forms derived from previous work, which for some reason, I have safeguarded. The pieces in the exhibition are perhaps more of a collaboration between present and past, than a remix.”


simple equations, sticks, and mascots for dirty little cities

February 16 - March 06, 2012

Ellis’ confounding of sculptural and illusionistic space becomes ever more complex in his most recent body of work. Innovations in his process allow the physicality of paint to become more evident, while keeping the maker’s hand relatively obscured. We encounter the work first as objects in space rather than contained instances of expression. Visceral protrusions convolute fictitious spaces of graphic, high chroma form and pattern, all bound by various sculptural and drawn framing devices. Ellis is interested in the way we swiftly navigate shifting modes of perception in our contemporary image rich world.

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