About

I'm a multi-media abstract artist. I'm not tied to any particular technique or medium, although fluid acrylics on board or canvas feature a lot. My work ranges from large painted abstracts, to smaller more intimate pieces.  I also experiment with sculpture, jewellery, and most recently mono printing and eco printing.

Recurring themes in my work are the passage of time and our impacts on the earth, the beauty of the natural environment, the joy to be found in nature, in our flaws and differences, and in a celebration of colour.

 

My work is informed from a sense of optimism and belief in the power of kindness, though I sometimes explore darker themes.

 

Much of my exhibited work is abstract. One of my favourite mediums for large scale work is fluid acrylic.  The intensity of pigments and versatility of these paints encourages experimentation. My abstract technique is intuitive – I’ll choose the colours and the support, and then the process is very organic.  The paint is often allowed to form its own shapes, and I will then build layers on top of layers, creating sensual blends of colours. Sometimes I use resistance techniques to create a fractured texture which reveals the layers and colours.

I do like my work to be seen in sunlight and I often use interference or reflective paints to create light interplay. 

 

I've been actively exhibiting since 2012 and my work is held in private collections here and overseas. I am a practicing artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and 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 called 'Join the Club'.  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.

You can find out more about my Kapiti based studio at www.sweetarts.co.nz

You can buy my eco print scarves at www.sweetarts.felt.co.nz

© 2020 Ellen Hodgetts, New Zealand.