Artist Anne-Marie Ellis is known for her fashion focused fine art, which draw on her long and successful career in the fashion industry. With a foundation in visual art and a degree in fashion design, Ellis co-founded a design consultancy where she designed womenswear for numerous luxury and high-end brands.
This design discipline and aesthetic vision influences Anne-Marie's artworks; both in her colour palette and stylish subject matter. Her work often explores design heritage and branding, including a series painted directly onto luxury packaging. Her sensitivity to sartorial design also finds its way into her contemporary still life, the textures of lace and the smoothness of glass are rendered in acrylics; her preferred medium. She is as much inspired by Vermeer as she is Rene Gruau... in her artwork the dramatic darkness and strong light capturing the translucency of glass are influenced by the Dutch masters, while the graphic style and spatial awareness come from studying the great fashion illustrators.
Just as perfume evokes a memory, so Elliss paintings - which so often incorporate the iconic contours of perfume bottles - capture sensual emotion, for a twenty-first century feminine aesthetic.