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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 including handpainted pieces and others based on my artwork designs.

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A little more about me....

I am an ex.counsellor and practicing artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (Academy Galleries).  I have exhibited work in many Academy exhibitions over the years.

In 2016 my husband and I held a joint multi-media audio and visual exhibition at the Academy Galleries called 'Join the Club', based around the launch of my husband's first album 'Ultramarine'.  

Other exhibitions include Solo 38 where my husband and I took up 10 metres of wall space at the Academy Galleries.  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.

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