Mike Ellis spent his childhood in Norfolk, watching and rescuing birds and animals, collecting bones and digging up skulls. This led to a continued fascination with the fragile and fleeting nature of birds; something that he strives to capture a reflection of in his paintings. Imagery is combined with an assortment of inspiration and ideas to lend a quiet narrative or concept t...o each painting.
Murmurations is an ongoing collection of work based around birds that takes its title from the name given to a large flock of Starlings where the individuals fly together with something resembling a single, collective consciousness.
Flawed Beauty features old doors and windows, peeling paint and rotting wood in an exploration of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi represents a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, recognising beauty in nature that is imperfect and impermanent, accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind.
Michael chronicles a world of places, ignored in the steady flow of business of life. His beautiful paintings depict the decay of man-made structures, at their most organically impressive. He gives flaking paint and rotting wood an epic beauty.
Mike Ellis graduated in 2002 with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration and a prize-winning dissertation about the Samurai where his love of wabi-sabi began. His work has been a part of numerous exhibitions and competitions including The National Open Art Competition, Images: the Best of Contemporary British Illustration and The Affordable Art Fair.
As well as being a practicing artist and illustrator based in Kent, he also works as a Secondary School and Adult Education Art Teacher and engages in regular community outreach programs.