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Within Reach Within Reach 2016 Art Auction
Participating Artist

Alice Anne Ellis

Glen Allen, VA

'Hibiscus Floating,' Mixed Media (paper, clayboard, pigmented ink, wax), by Alice Anne Ellis

Hibiscus Floating
2016, Mixed Media (paper, clayboard, pigmented ink, wax), 20x16 inches
Retail Value $400

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by landscape, usually a particular moment in a particular place. "Hibiscus Floating" recalls a fallen flower bobbing on the sea. As I was focusing on the flower, a huge sea turtle swam slowly towards me, reached up to the surface, delicately sucked the blossom into its mouth, then turned in a leisurely way, and swam on.

The printed marks reference the Hawaiian tradition of tattooing. The juxtaposition of natural form with stylized markings holds a primal fascination, like writing on skin, and is something I have enjoyed using in my "Hawaiian" pieces.


Educated in Scotland, where I studied Philosophy and Fine Arts at St. Andrews University, I have lived in Richmond since 1990. I continued my art education with classes at Duncan of Jordanstone College, now part of the Univeristy of Dundee, and at VCU. I have been a member of artspace Gallery since 2015. My work has appeared in juried shows and group shows in Scotland and Virginia, and I will have a solo show at artspace in September.


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