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The Performers

Hand Finished on canvas
Artwork size: 132 x 183 cm
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‘The Performers’ is an original painting by contemporary artist Lee Ellis. Hand painted using Oils, Pastels, Acrylic, and Spray Paint on Canvas, the piece is signed by the artist.

Contemporary artist Lee Ellis draws together the figurative with the abstract, to create textural paintings that brim with expressive character. Often dark in tone and mood, Ellis’ work is reminiscent of the tortured works of Francis Bacon, shot through with an abstract expressionist quality, that makes for a powerful, contemporary aesthetic.

Three figures stand at the centre of ‘The Performers’, their blue bodies strangely distorted, their hallowed faces peering flatly out towards the viewer. Set against an oxblood-red background, the painting recalls both Picasso’s ‘Demoiselles D’Avignon’ and Bacon’s studies for his haunting ‘Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion’, yet Ellis brings something profoundly unique to the painting, in the intangible expression that dances around the faces with solemn intensity.

About The Artist - Lee Ellis

Lee Ellis graduated from the University of the West of England, where he studied Graphic Design in 2006. Despite working in the Graphic Design industry he found his artistic expression grew into portrait painting, developing, over the years, a personal and distinctive style.

His insatiable desire to create brings him to embrace different artistic mediums, from printmaking to drawing and painting. With an expressive and bold style, immediately striking with his unusual juxtaposition of bright colours and dark subjects, Lee’s paintings in particular convey an emotional and visceral angst within his figures. From humans to animals, he never fails to depict the inner turmoil of his characters. He achieves this effect by employing heavy, raw and expressive brushstrokes that make his painting style poignant and immediately affecting.

Lee currently works and lives in Bristol, UK.

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