Untitled I (Space) Final Frontier is a visual discourse on space exploration, ancient mark making of indigenous people and a play on our relationship with the universe.
Gordon Ellis-Brown's work traverses time to make connections between ancient humanity and our current concerns. He believes his quest is to reveal these connections. By aligning varying mediums of paint, pigments, metallics and photography, his work reveals parallels between astronauts and the early pioneers who discovered and claimed new lands. His work is concerned with ancient history, pop culture, space science, mark making, ritual and worship.
Ellis-Brown’s practice was born from growing up in a seaside hotel during the late 1960’s and early 70’s, surrounded by an extended family of transient strangers, with little room to call his own. During his early years, the Apollo space missions and the iconic western movies were
indelibly etched onto his mind, a form of escapism, but the extraordinary and unworldliness also captured his imagination - planets, alien visits, and cowboy adventures.
From a childhood by the sea to his later travels in California and New Mexico, the artist's experiences have inspired him to seek the common ground, by revealing fundamental truths in conflicting beliefs and cultural traditions. He draws on his graphic design roots, using iconic imagery, immersive colour, symbolism - quite commonly in the form of petroglyphs and photography, using a complex process of paint, pigments, encaustic and collage to create his work.
Gordon Ellis-Brown has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. His work is held in collections throughout the world and he is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. Selected exhibitions include Final Frontier, The Moon Festival, Greenwich 2019, Sol Force, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall 2019, Newlyn School of Art, Chapel House Gallery, Penzance 2018, Come Rain Come Shine, Beaux Arts Gallery, Mayfair, London 2017. He has a degree in Graphic Design and Typography from Portsmouth University and participates regularly at Newlyn School of Art