Carl Ellis SWLA
A keen interest in fish continues to develop alongside a love of drawing... “I believe once you really start to watch something then it will always go much further than an observation. Perhaps even more so with fish as their environment can be so hypnotic. It’s true that if you look at water for any length of time then it will always play visual tricks on you...a good place to be when drawing I feel - never really knowing what decisions you will be taking or marks you will be making from one moment to the next. ”
Carl is fascinated by the fundamentals of drawing living fish… especially our much overlooked freshwater fish.
His immediate responses are often drawn in pastel and experiences explored further in the studio using oils or watercolours.
Born in Liverpool 1964.
Graduated from Staffordshire University 1987.
Apprentice and Qualified Ceramic Artist (Wedgwood) 1988-1992.
Graduated from the Royal College of Art 1994.
After working as an independent freelance illustrator for a number of years in London and Cambridge I returned to Staffordshire in 2007 to live and work as a full time artist.
Folio Society Award '93
National Magazine Company Award '94
Kittiwake Gallery Award '99
St Cuthbert’s Mill Award '01
David Cook Award '03
PJC Award '04
Finalist DSWF exhibition '09
Winner of the 'underwater category': BBC Wildlife magazine Wildlife artist of the Year '09
New works currently showing at: Bruar Gallery (Perthshire)
SWLA every year from 1999 to present, including some past PS, RI, RBA, RSMA and NEAC exhibitions.
A selection of galleries across the country over the years:
Peter Hedley (Dorset)
Wildlife Art Gallery (Suffolk)
AOI Images 25,26 and Illustrators 40,41
Illustrations (for papers and magazines) including the Angler’s Mail, Waterlog and Wildlife of Britain
Illustrations for Freshwater Fishing by John Bailey
Diagrams for The Complete Aquarium by Gina Sandford
The Secret Carp (book-jacket illustration) by Chris Yates,
How to paint fish article for BBC Wildlife Magazine,
‘At The Edge’ by Robert Burton 2005
Fish in Art by Christine E. Jackson 2012