Tom Ellis: About Now
Ellis creates vast and rapidly executed canvases in a broad and painterly style. Working from source material ranging from his own drawings of everyday life to Old Master paintings and imagery drawn from mass-media he first produces small and intimate oil studies in which he exaggerates the aspects of the images that draw his eye and defaces or deletes those areas that do not. He then uses these studies as reference models for the expanded, blow-up versions. By painting specifically selected and edited subjects on an epic scale with the same speed and economy of detail as the smaller works he produces paintings whose alienatingly large proportions belie their intimate, Romantic beginnings. The blow-up paintings will be shown alongside domestic furniture in the form of beds, sofas and coffee tables that he makes as a depressurising, vernacular foil from which to survey and enjoy the exhibition at leisure.