Robert Ellis


Robert Ellis (1929- ) was born and received his art training in England before arriving in New Zealand in 1957 as a lecturer in design. Beginning with genre paintings of items of city life, he developed a technique of overviewing the city as a whole: almost a form of bird's-eye- vision. Robert Ellis is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent artists. He has held more than 60 solo exhibitions and innumerable group exhibitions in New Zealand and abroad. Over the past decades Robert Ellis’s paintings have addressed issues of New Zealand identity in which he draws together threads of European and Pacific cultures. These works make observations about the two cultural threads from a personal as well as social perspective. They combine European and Pacific images. New Zealand Fine Prints stock a reproduction print of one of Ellis' 1970s motorway paintings and a recent screenprint called "Aroha".