Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis combines the use of text with painterly, collage, assemblage and photographic techniques. Language is deployed to obfuscate and open new possibilities and meanings. Street signs, historical graffiti, literature and coded language are referenced by etching, collaging, painting and other means. Narrative is implied and the audience is invited into a confused dialogue with artist and artwork where the broken, derelict, incomplete and mistaken are noted but not embraced.

Combined with intense and layered application of traditional and industrial paints, drawings, collage, recycled studio detritus, and preparatory or found materials, Ellis creates a dynamic that oscillates between the cerebral and physical; conscious and unconscious; organised and chaotic; premeditated and instinctive. His hope is to give force to the reality of history and its price, rather like Ian Hamilton Finlay for Ellis the revolutions that mark the modern age are not so much to be celebrated as to be known and judged.

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art atManchester University (1993-1996) before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School (2003-2005). Ellis has exhibited widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; KlaipėdaCulture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable private collections including the seminal Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Beth Rudin DeWoody, Los Angeles.

Made in response to in depth historical research, his work combines text and expressive materiality with an emphasis on the reality of fragmentation. He is interested in histories and society’s conditioned responses to the multi-valent impact of tone and perspective. His work is currently being exhibited in the Pera Museum, Istanbul

Works

Josh Rowell

Josh Rowell generates his artistic vision by focusing on technological advances that shape our contemporary lives, communicating our increasingly mediated human interactions within the confines of visual art. The artist juxtaposes traditional, handmade techniques; with the intangible nature of the digital age. This position between the real and virtual produces a complex body of work that explores and reshapes information, highlights changes in human interation and celebrates the hand-made in a time that is increasingly being enveloped by the virtual.

Born in 1990 in Kent, England, Rowell graduated from Kingston Art School in 2013, where he received a first class BFA with honours. Following a course in Art Criticism at Central Saint Martins college, Rowell returned to Kingston Art School for an MFA in 2015, where he was awarded a first- class distinction. His works have been exhibited in London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Basel, Hong Kong and Mexico and his works are part of public collections including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Gregorian Foundation in Washington, London Kingston University’s contemporary art collection, and the Matilda collection in San Miguel De Allende. In 2017/18 he had his first museum exhibition at the Palacio Nacional de Guatemala. Rowell won the Public Choice award at the VIA Arts Prize 2017, and was included in Future Now, the yearly publication by Aesthetica listing the 100 most interesting emerging artists of the year. In 2019 he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London and later in the year was invited to participate in the 9th edition of the Dentons Art Prize for which he was announced as joint-winner in 2020. Later in 2020 he was selected for the group exhibition ‘False Memory’ at Rugby Art Museum, UK, curated by renowned British Artist Lindsay Seers. In 2021, Rowell was included in the exhibition NFT | IRL, at Firetti Cotmeporary, Dubai, which was the first exhibition of it’s type to show physical works each accompanied by an NFT counterpart.

Josh Rowell has work in public, corporate and private collections in UK, USA, Canada, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Monte Carlo, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Kuwait, Bermuda, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, and Peru.

Works

London Art Fair 2022

Blond Contemporary return to London Art Fair after a disrupted programme over the last two years. The fair opens with the private view on the evening of 20 April, with the event open for the general public 21-24 April 2022.

Book your tickets now