Aqua Luminous refers to the effects of light on water and the human response to it. In this body of work, artist Chris Ellis showcased paintings depicting his continued interest in, and observation of, natural bodies of water throughout the Riverina.
Ellis was inspired by the abundant life within the Riverine Ecosystems. His observation of sounds, smells, and colours throughout the year formed the subject of his paintings, whereas the study of light in the environment at different times of the day inspired the mood and feel of the work.
Reflections and shadows on the water and movements and ripples in the water were combined to make a range of abstract patterns on the water. Ellis used Indian Ink, watercolour, gouache and pastel, in various combinations as well as photos to record information for paintings.
Through his works Ellis aimed to demonstrate the relevance of contemporary landscape painting to the modern world, in its ability to remind viewers of their interdependence with their natural landscape.