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BIO: Samantha Ellis Fox
Samantha Ellis Fox (British b. 1969) creates paintings which straddles different artistic styles, using figurative and landscape elements to provide context to her work and layers of abstraction to give the viewer a sense of the Irish landscape in which she lives. Samantha works between her two homes in Co Tyrone and the Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal and it is from these rural landscapes she gleans her inspiration from both land and sea. The paintings are to be solid and blunt, yet divulge some fragility and mysteriousness; taking a walk around the painting gives an understanding of what it is like being in the landscapes. Being abstract paintings, she nevertheless sees them as referring to experiences of the ‘real’.
"The subjects of my paintings are what surround my everyday life whether it is the landscape or what is in the landscape and where I seek a personal interpretation of the objects rather than a replication. I gather perspectives, compositions and textures in the remote and derelict areas of the landscapes and bring them together to give the viewer a sense of the Irish landscape. Personality is revealed through the process of painting with abstract remnants of my process remaining visible in the final product.”
Long since one of the leading artists in the North West, Samantha Ellis-Fox has an easily recognisable style. She has exhibited regularly on both sides of the border and has shown at Royal Ulster Academy and Boyle Arts Festival. Her work is held in private and public collections including that of the Office of Public Works and the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel. Her work has also been recently included in The Public Catalogue Foundation “Oil Paintings in Public Ownership”.
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