Lionel Ellis (1903-1988)
|Artist Name||Lionel Ellis (1903-1988)|
|Title||Self Portrait on Horse Back|
|Description||This lovely portrait oil painting is by noted British artist Lionel Ellis. Painted in 1955 the painting is a self portrait of the artist on a beautiful chestnut horse in the foreground of a landscape. Beyond him is another horse and some dwellings amongst trees. Ellis was known for his portraits and horse art and this painting echoes the style of another equestrian artist of the period Alfred Munnings RA . This choice of composition indicates Ellis' love of horses, riding and being in nature. A lovely self portrait of a much respected artist.
Signed and dated 1955 lower left.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 20 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame, 31 inches by 27 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Lionel Ellis ARCA (1903-1988) was an important twentieth-century painter, illustrator, engraver and teacher who specialised in portraits, as well as equestrian and floral subjects. He studied at the Plymouth school of Art 1918-22 and Royal College of Art 1922-25 and won a travelling scholarship in 1925 travelling to Colarossi's, Paris, Florence and Rome. He taught at Wimbledon School of Art between 1937 and 1968 and lived in Headley, Surrey. His partner was fellow artist Barbara Shaw. His work is held at the V&A Museum, the British Museum and provincial museums. He exhibited 1927-33. New English Art Club 3, Redfern Gallery 45.|