We are excited to have Linzie Ellis with us. Linzie is a successful artist hailing from Canberra. Read on to find out more…
Amica: Has painting always been part of your life? How did you get into it?
Linzie: I first started to make art when I was very young. I always liked to draw and creating street chalk drawings was the first work that I made for an audience. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember.
Amica: What is it about painting do you love?
Linzie: I love paint because of its diverse qualities. It is always a challenge and just when you think you have it worked out it will surprise you. I love the act of painting; painting is both a conscious and intuitive process, which is what I really love about it.
This latest work is about my continued interest in exploring the place of abstraction in the twenty first century, relative to its initial emergence, and its relationship to contemporary new media artworks. I have an ongoing interest in exploring abstraction, the process of painting, mark making, the material quality of paint, colour and its capacity to represent the human experience in a technological age.
Amica: You are a high school teacher along with being an artist. How do you balance your time to continue your art?
Linzie: It is important to find the time to practice. I’m very passionate about art and I’m always attending exhibitions and thinking about my next artwork. If I haven’t made work for a while I find myself all of a sudden in the studio creating one. Painting really is something I cannot live without.
Amica: What have been some major highlights in your art career?
Linzie: One of the major highlights of my art career so far was recently receiving the Reading Room Exhibition Award administered by CAPO, which I received return a solo exhibition in London with all expenses paid. I was awarded the $5,000 6th Prospect Portrait Prize, which was presented by the judge, Mr Rod Taylor, artist and founder of Adelaide Central School of Art. My work has been recognised and chosen to be included in the finalist exhibitions of two significant Australian art prizes: The 59th and 60th Blake Prize exhibitions.
I’m always excited when people engage with my work, whether it sparks conversations, feelings or ideas. My audiences’ experience is important to me and something I always consider when creating work.
Amica: Do you have any advice for our readers who would like to explore their artistic side?
Linzie: Make lots and lots of work!
Amica: You have an exhibition coming up. Tell us about it.
Linzie: Life cycle is a group exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre opening on the 6th of November at 6pm. The exhibitions broad theme ‘Life Cycle’ encompass ideas about the cycle of life, life as a journey, science, religion and other philosophical ideas and thought. The exhibition includes work by Lisa Styles, Phil Styles, Rachel Head, David Hearne, Richard Baldwin, Jacqui Ockwell and I. The exhibition will include a range of media such as painting, drawing, prints and photography. Although our work is very different in material and process, we explore similar themes and find a shared motive behind the making of our work. Together we hope to create a show that speaks of similar themes but through different voices, materials and artistic processes. The works are our personal expressions but we hope to complement each other’s work in this shared space.
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