ELLIS O'CONNOR is a contemporary landscape artist from Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist. The dynamic energy to be seen in her paintings are Ellis’s response to observed changes in the landscape, ‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light — elements that seem to be about something intangible.’
In order to immerse herself in the environment, she makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’. Some of the pieces made on paper on site become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in the studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.
By producing the art work she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect the nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.
Education2010 - 2014 BA Fine Art, Honours, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design2015 - 2016 Master of Art & Humanities with Distinction Self employed Freelance Artist
AwardsJohn Byrne Award Balavoulin Art Grant Scottish Arctic Club expedition award International Travel Bursary for Visual Arts supported by the Saltire Society and the British Council Scotland Tay Landscape Award William Sangster Phillips Award Dundee Visual Art Award Royal Scottish Academy Landscape Award Fleming Collection selected Scottish Artist Dundee Visual Art and Craft Award Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Florence Scholarship Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2015 Selected Artist