Gordon Ellis-Brown

Gordon Ellis-Brown’s practice was born from growing up in a seaside hotel during the late 1960’s and early 70’s, surrounded by an extended family of transient strangers, with little room to call his own. During his early years, the Apollo space missions and the iconic western movies were indelibly etched onto his mind, a form of escapism, but the extraordinary and unworldliness also captured his imagination – planets, alien visitations, cowboys and indians.

From a childhood shared with tourists, to his later travels in California and New Mexico, Ellis-Brown’s experiences have inspired him to seek the common ground, by revealing fundamental truths in conflicting beliefs and cultural traditions. He draws on his graphic design roots, using iconic imagery, immersive colour, symbolism – quite commonly in the form of petroglyphs and photography, using a complex process of paint, pigments, encaustic and collage to create his work.

He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, with his work having been shown regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. His work is held in collections throughout the world and he is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists.


“A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell” George Bernard Shaw

Intimate, comical and quietly disconcerting, Wish You Were Here uncovers the eccentric side to the seaside holiday, as well as a yearning for nostalgia and a simpler life that once was. Based on classic seaside imagery from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the works reveal hidden narratives from the daily routine of holiday life, while retaining the original charm that characterised the great British get-away.

The creative process used by Ellis-Brown – including paint, ink, varnishes and drum scanning – ensures the original spirit of vintage picture postcards is captured, as well as the authentic saturated colours and dot patterns from early offset lithographic postcard printing.

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