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Ella Squirrell

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Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Falmouth school of Art
Graduation Year: 2018

New Blood Art Statement

We love stories. A deep seated love of stories is the reason you’ve still got that book on your shelf, even though pages 36 and 37 have been glued together with jam for some time. We people just love a good story. Ella Squirrell has mastered the unique talent of telling a real and visual story by using oils as her creative vessel. 

Potentially, one of the most touching pieces of Squirrell’s is, Boy With Hat. The piece features a young man reclining in the outdoors and in his lap there appears to be a young woman resting her head. The artist has caught the bewitchingly tender moment that the young man trails his fingertips over the girls face. Maybe he’s brushing the hair out of her eyes; maybe he is so enchanted with her he is just touching her to be sure that she is indeed real; or maybe she just had an enormous wasp on her cheek, who knows? It is up to the interpretation of the viewer, and that’s what makes this painting so brilliant. Squirrell has captured a seemingly ordinary moment, and created a crescendo, a mystery, a tantalising emotion…a story. 

Squirrell’s style can be likened to that of Matisse’s own painting style - where the paint is applied in that soft, fluid motion. It’s this suggestion of movement which is vital to Squirrell’s work - which is almost like theatre in oils. 

Happening upon Ella Squirrell’s artwork is a delightful experience, and not one you’ll want to miss. 

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Artist Statement

Ella is a multidisciplinary artist working with painting, drawing, writing, film and performance. Her Primary focus is painting, arriving from an interest in the complexities of gender and mixed ethnic identity. One of her key concerns is how place, contributes to a sense of belonging and not belonging. Ella is fascinated by observing behaviours and temperaments of people. It is through my paintings of constructed characters, that I attempt to understand her own sense of 'being'

Ella works from photographs, drawing, memory and writing. Play and experimentation are at the heart of her process, investigating how imagery evolves through the act of painting. 'The element of surprise and chance within painting excites me to capture not only what is seen in a moment but also what is felt, recalled and understood'.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, To belong, or not to belong?, Literary and scientific institute, Bridport

Group Exhibitions

2019, FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London
2019, Island, Enys House, Penryn
2018, Classic Beige, Classic Blue, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
2018, Riverbed, Puffin, Naervaer, Sansing, Engagement, RMYD Project space, Reykjavik
2018, Falmouth School of Art degree show, Falmouth University, Falmouth
2017, Interior Shift, Stones Bakery, Falmouth
2017, The Collaborators Annual exhibition, The Exchange, Penzance
2017, 1 of 2, The Poly, Falmouth

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2018, Wilhelmina Barns- Graham Travel to Italy Award
2018, Falmouth University Purchase Prize
2018, Longlist- evening standard painting prize
2019, shortlist - Johnathan Vickers Fine art award
2019, Shortlist - New English Art club

Original works:

Camping

By Ella Squirrell

£1000

Alex

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Sleeping on the Train

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Considering Self in Mohair and...

By Ella Squirrell

£665

Harbour Swim

By Ella Squirrell

£835

In-between Somewhere, In-betwe...

By Ella Squirrell

£825

Grocery Day

By Ella Squirrell

£665

After Bonnard's table cloth

By Ella Squirrell

£750

Pride

By Ella Squirrell

£665

Night swimmers, above and belo...

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Performance Harp (Unframed mou...

By Ella Squirrell

£200

The Unfinished Self

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Sold Artworks:

Public Pijamas

By Ella Squirrell

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Boy With Hat

By Ella Squirrell

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After the Show

By Ella Squirrell

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Critical Eye

By Ella Squirrell

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Who Wears the Trousers then?

By Ella Squirrell

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Performance Harp

By Ella Squirrell

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Learning to Swim

By Ella Squirrell

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After the Show (Unframed mount...

By Ella Squirrell

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