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Ellen Ranson

Living and working in the North East of Engla

Shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023
British Council Venice Fellow, 2022
MA, MIMA School of Art, 2020 - 2022
BA, Northumbria University, 2015 - 2018

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Ellen Ranson (b.1996) is an abstract painter, she lives and works in the North East of England. She received her MA at MIMA School of Art in 2022. She was Paint fellow at Northumbria University (2018) and British Council Venice Fellow (2022).

The physically powerful, expressive works capture the artist’s hunger and desire for greater recognition and a rebalancing of female representation and voices within abstract painting. Adding to the growing conversation around reclaiming and rearticulating women's voices.

Imagery taken from the artist’s everyday experiences, patriarchal pasts and presents, memories, surroundings, ancient landscapes and other sources is manipulated and abstracted, through a seemingly digital process, resulting in a hand made abstraction. 

The interrogation of colour, layering, motif, pattern and application of paint simultaneously creates new environments and reflections on the world around us.


Upcoming and ongoing:
Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023, Thames Side Gallery, 1-17 Dec 2023
Sarah Cooney | Sarah Dunn | Ellen Ranson, Gallery North, Northumbria University. 7 December 2023 - January 2024
Sunny Blunts, Revisiting Victor Pasmore's Utopian Vision (in conjunction with the International Biennale of Non-Objective Art), February 2024

Solo Exhibitions
2023        Moonlight Dance on Warm Cement, Gala Gallery, Durham

2022        Ellen Ranson, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough
2020        Under the Eaves, Hartlepool Art Gallery
2019        Pop Up Salon, Parapluie, North Shields

Duo Exhibitions 
2020-21        PB33, Ellen Ranson and Beth J Ross, The Bank, North Shields

Group Exhibitions
2023        Sarah Cooney \ Sarah Dunn \ Ellen Ranson, Gallery North, Northumbria University
2023        Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023, Thames Side Gallery
2023        Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023, Huddersfield Art Gallery
2023        X - Contemporary British Painting, Newcastle Contemporary Art
2022        Queer Fringe, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough

2021        BALTIC Open Submission, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
2021        Somewhere Between Reality and Obscurity, The Viewing Room, UKNA, curated by Garth Gratrix (online)
2018        Connectivity, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough
2018        I Can Still (Still), Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle
2018        Reveal, Northumbria University, Newcastle 
2017        The Long-er Gallery, Newcastle
2018        “Ladies and Gentlemen”, TESTT Space, Empty Shop, Durham
2017        Powerhouse, Conny, Consett
2017        Abstraction, Conny, Consett

2023        Shortlist, Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023

2022        Venice Fellowship Programme, The British Council - 59th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia 2022, Venice, Italy
2018        John Crisp Prize for Innovative Work in Painting

Self Established
Founder/Director, Conny Art Fest 2017 - 2022

2019        Conny Art Fest       
2018        "Ladies and Gentlemen", TESTT, Durham
2017        Conny Art Festival, YMCA, Consett

2020 - 2022        MA Fine Art, Distinction, MIMA School of Art, Teesside University
2015 - 2018        BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class, Northumbria Univeristy

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