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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's work arrives from an interest in the oscillation between the dualities of sexuality, gender and mixed ethnic identity and the associated sense of marginality. One of her concerns is how place contributes to the sense of belonging and not belonging. Stimulated by the semiotics of language and imagery, Ella works from photographs, associations, memory and writing as well as from life, desiring to document not only what is seen in a moment but also what is felt, recalled and understood.

Group Exhibitions

2019, FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London
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:

Alex

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Sleeping on the Train

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Mummies

By Ella Squirrell

£550

Black Sun

By Ella Squirrell

£605

Public Pijamas

By Ella Squirrell

£665

Orange Figure

By Ella Squirrell

£850

Considering Self in Mohair and...

By Ella Squirrell

£665

Harbour Swim

By Ella Squirrell

£835

In-between Somewhere, In-betwe...

By Ella Squirrell

£825

‘Wide Brim Hat’

By Ella Squirrell

£835

Where daylight shines through ...

By Ella Squirrell

£825

Grocery Day

By Ella Squirrell

£665

Falling for Blue

By Ella Squirrell

£1045

After Bonnard's table cloth

By Ella Squirrell

£750

Pride

By Ella Squirrell

£665

A rough day for Paddle boardin...

By Ella Squirrell

£825

Learning to Swim

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Night swimmers, above and belo...

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

After the Show (Unframed mount...

By Ella Squirrell

£200

Girl in Stripes (Unframed)

By Ella Squirrell

£200

Performance Harp (Unframed mou...

By Ella Squirrell

£200

Woman with Hedgerow (Unframed ...

By Ella Squirrell

£200

Ansestor (Unframed)

By Ella Squirrell

£200

The Unfinished Self

By Ella Squirrell

£1200

Man on Bench (Unframed)

By Ella Squirrell

£250

Seated Figure (Unframed)

By Ella Squirrell

£250

Swimmers

By Ella Squirrell

£200

It's too nice out there (Frame...

By Ella Squirrell

£375

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Boy With Hat

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After the Show

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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

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