Late last year I had the pleasure of crossing paths with one uber-talented Melbourne artist, Ellie Malin. Having caught glimpse of some of her spectacular print work online, I was keen to meet up with Ellie to find out a bit more about her.
Ellie’s artistic flair is incredibly inspiring. Her affable, easy-going nature makes her a delight to know. Ellie and I recently worked together developing a splash back for my family’s new kitchen. You may have seen it on the blog a few posts back. This was Ellie’s first foray into large scale print-on-glass, and the result has been thrilling! If anyone else is keen to chat to her about commissioning a similar piece, you can contact her here.
Having set out on her artistic journey some ten years ago, Ellie has well and truly established herself as a successful young artist. She is in high demand! 2013 has seen collaborations with Gorman for their Autumn-Winter 2013 range, and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ charity fundraiser, and regular exhibitions at Modern TImes in Collingwood, as well as Tacit and Boom galleries.
It is easy to fall in love with her art works. They are colourful, bold and reflect a joyous, playful approach to image-making where bright colours and form construct the landscape. Upon meeting Ellie in her Richmond studios, I couldn’t help but walk away with an armful of her gorgeous pieces!
Ellie’s preferred medium is relief printing with lino or woodblock, however this talented lady practices other forms of image making such as photography, drawing and collage. Ellie says, “An image’s origins may begin as something quite recognisable as I slowly take on a process of deconstructing it into pure simplified shapes and colour. In effect I’m pulling things apart in order to simplify their appearance”.
She draws inspiration from a plethora of life experiences: travel and living abroad, childhood memories, as well as photography, architecture and popular culture. Her artworks reflect a strong affinity with the varied scape of existence: cultural diversity, geographic surrounding, natural landscapes and the irregularity of life’s many journeys.
Watch out for Ellie’s next solo exhibition, opening in November 2013 at Modern TImes. Her beautiful new works are well worth a look and are sure to be in high demand! I’ve started making more wall space at my place in anticipation! Check out her website for pics of her newest artworks!
Thanks for chatting with us Ellie! Best wishes for your coming exhibition.
P.S. Tell us what you think of Ellie’s work! I’ll update this post with details of Ellie’s impending exhibition as soon as it’s finalised.
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