Lee Ellis graduated from the University of the West of England, where he studied Graphic Design in 2006. He quickly moved away from Graphic Design and found his artistic expression grew into abstract painting, developing, over the years, a personal and distinctive style.

His insatiable desire to create brings him to embrace different artistic mediums, from printmaking to drawing and painting. With an expressive and bold style, immediately striking with his unusual juxtaposition of bright colours and dark subjects, Lee’s paintings in particular convey an emotional and visceral angst within his figures. From humans to animals, he never fails to depict the inner turmoil of his characters. He achieves this effect by employing heavy, raw and expressive brushstrokes that make his painting style poignant and immediately affecting.

In 2019 we opened Lee’s first ever highly successful Scottish solo show in the gallery. It was affectionately titled ”Pretty Ugly”. We also took the opportunity to visit him over the Xmas period at his home studio – read our blog here