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Ellie Kerr-Smiley

Base Resident Artist

Medium: Painting

Ellie is a portrait artist with a focus on the depiction of women. "I'm particularly interested in reclaiming the gaze as a response to the millennia of women depicted in art under the male gaze. The women in my work have agency and most of the time, as you look at them, they are looking back. I often leave my pieces with a rough, unfinished quality; the foreground and the background peeking through one another in a dialogue."

Ellie works in acrylics and is a big believer in not needing expensive items to create art. She paints on paper, plywood or occasionally found materials (recently even painting on the door of an old bathroom cabinet!). Ellie's main philosophy is to just create, no matter what what!