Event Name Aqua Luminous: Chris Ellis
Start Date 3 Mar 2016 9:00 am
End Date 3 Apr 2016 5:00 pm
Duration 31 days and 9 hours

Aqua luminous refers to the effects of light on water and the human response to it. In his latest body of work, artist Chis Ellis showcases paintings depicting his continuing interest in, and observation of, natural bodies of water throughout the Riverina.

Chris is inspired by the abundant life within the Riverine Ecosystems. His observation of sounds, smells, and colours throughout the year form the subject of his paintings, whereas the study of light in the environment at different times of the day inspires the mood and feel of the work. 

The play of light on water is always inspirational. Reflections and shadows on the water and movements and ripples in the water all combine to make a range of abstract patterns on the water. Chris uses Indian Ink, watercolour, gouache and pastel, in various combinations as well as photos to record information for paintings.

Through his works Chris aim 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.

About the Artist

Chris Ellis was born in Albury in 1961. He spent his childhood growing up on a farm north of Walla Walla where he started drawing before he could walk, and was given his first set of oil paints at age nine. When Chris wasn't helping out on the farm, he could be found in the farm workshop making a model boat from a scrap of wood, a bow and arrow or some other weapon from steel or out in the paddock painting the landscape.

Chris studied Fine Art at Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1981. During 1982 he  starting farming in the Henty district and despite the work load on the farm, constructed a studio space in the early nineties where he was able to continue to paint when time permitted.

During 2010 Chris had a Solo Exhibition at the Wagga Regional Art Gallery depicting agricultural patterns in the landscape. After the death of his wife Elizabeth in 2012, Chris retired from active farming and moved to Albury in 2013. He now practices as a full time artist.

In 2014 Chis had a Group Exhibition "Art from the Flinders Ranges" in Melbourne, and a Solo Exhibition in the Wodonga Artspace in 2015. In 2014 and 2015 his work was selected to hang in the Hume Bank Art Prize. In 2014 he won first prize in the Trinity Acquisitive Prize in 2014.