Land. Ocean. Space.
Origin. Authenticity. Integrity.
Tribes. Honour. Celebration.
From a childhood living in a small hotel by the sea in Worthing to his
experiences in California and New Mexico, Gordon Ellis-Brown reveals
fundamental truths in conflicting beliefs and cultural traditions.
Drawing on his graphic roots, he uses pure colour, scale, symbolism,
iconography, found objects and photography; his meticulously
handpainted and multi-layered works challenge convention, post
colonial attitudes and propaganda, taking the viewer on a journey
through positive abstraction.
Gordon renders his art with a raw energy that comes from the artist’s
proximity to the subject, demonstrating the correlation in extremes
of imagery and revealing a life-force in an affirmative, minimalist
state. He opens a dialogue between ancient history, the 20th century,
pop culture, consumerism and leading-edge technology through
exploring transformation over time.
Focusing on an image before relocating its context is a way of
celebrating the enduring materiality of images whilst safeguarding
the vulnerability of others. This dissonance subverts, disrupts and
enriches our recognition of the visual world, touching our soul
through a moment of reflection and realisation.