Ellen Hodgetts - artist profile

Ellen Hodgetts - artist profile

I am inspired in many ways, including the places I live, modern culture and music. My current art practice is focussed on fluid acrylic techniques.  I love the energy and action required to work with fluid acrylics.  It’s a combination of fast-paced laying down of colour, and then the patience of building layer upon layer to create beautiful colour combinations. I want my work to be seen in sunlight and I often use interference or reflective paints to create light interplay.  This means that the work is dynamic and can have a completely different mood depending on the light source. 

I love experimenting and pushing my boundaries and comfort zone, so I use other techniques including still life oil paintings, portraiture, drawing and mixed media works. I also make colourful fashion jewellery based on my artwork designs.

I am an ex.counsellor and practicing artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.  I have exhibited work in many Academy exhibitions over the last few years, most recently a joint multi-media audio and visual exhibition with my husband called 'Join the Club', based around an album launch.  Other exhibitions include Solo 38 where my husband and I took up 10 metres of wall space.  I was a second place prize winner in the 2014 Wellington Emerging Artist Awards, as well as a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 awards.  I was a top 10 finalist in the 2014 Unleash Art Competition.  In addition I have exhibited work in group exhibitions at the Artrium Gallery, Pataka, NZ ArtShow and various other art awards and exhibitions. My husband and I held a very successful joint exhibition in The Thistle Hall Gallery in 2013.

Recent exhibitions and events

Recent exhibitions and events


We are working on a new gallery space at home, and will be welcoming visitors to exhibitions through the year.  More information to follow.


  • NZ Artshow 2016
  • 'Art from the heart', Academy members exhibition, NZAFA
  • 'Join the Club', Alan and Ellen joint audio visual exhibition in the Lightspace Gallery, NZAFA


  • 13th Rotary Club of Paraparaumu Art Show, Southwards Car Museum
  • Pop d'Art - pop up gallery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porirua being a city
  • Gallipoli Trilogy - Academy Galleries, NZAFA
  • 'Solo 38' - Academy Galleries, NZAFA
  • 'Signing Belonging' - Academy Galleries, NZAFA


  • Art on the Wharf - New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • Top 20 finalist and 2nd prizewinner - 2014 Wellington Emerging Artist Awards
  • Top 10 finalist - 'Unleash Art competition', North City Shopping Centre
  • Flora, Fauna and Floribunda, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • Pataka Friends Arts Awards 2014 - finalists exhibition
  • 'Anything Goes', Artrium Gallery
  • 'Freedom', Artrium Gallery
  • 'Quarter Acre', New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 'Naked', New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • Finalist - Tui McLauchlan Art Awards, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

2012 - 2013

  • New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 2013 annual exhibition
  • Finalist in 2013 Wellington Emerging Artist awards and exhibition
  • 'Works on paper', New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, October 2013
  • Harbour City Rotary Club art awards, September 2013
  • 'Phantasmagorical', Artrium Gallery Thorndon, August 2013
  • 'Pataka Friends Art Awards' finalists exhibition, June 2013
  • 'Life is Sweet', Thistle Hall Gallery, May 2013 - joint SweetArts exhibition
  • 'Contempo', Artrium Gallery, April 2013
  • 'UsNow', New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, March 2013
  • 'Remake', New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Feb 2013
  • 'Celebrate Colour', Thistle Hall Lightbox, Dec 2012
  • New Zealand Art Show, July 2012
  • Finalist in 2012 Wellington Emerging Artist awards and exhibition
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