This month, Modern Times is excited to present an exhibition of new works by Melbourne-based printmaker Ellie Malin. Opening on Thursday 28 April, Old city, new world showcases the latest work from this unique printmaker – a master of colour, texture and distilled form.
Old City II, unique state woodblock print. Part of Ellie Malin’s upcoming exhibition.
“Spring greens, and oceanic blues draw in a world of nature while circles, arches and squares evoke memories of old worlds,” states Ellie. Large scale, brightly coloured shapes are individually inked and laid down layer by layer in a process that may take months from beginning to end. Compositions go from loose and chaotic to orderly, meticulous and condensed.
Old City V, unique state woodblock print. Part of Ellie Malin’s upcoming exhibition.
The work has a distinct architectural feel so it is no surprise Ellie cites the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando as an inspiration. But, just like her technique, what informs the work is also multi-layered. “I might lay down a colour in order to challenge myself and push the boundaries of my work. For example, I have introduced intense clarets and yellow ambers, colours that challenge me, in my endeavour to understand them and find harmonious resolutions.”
New World I, unique state woodblock print. Part of Ellie Malin’s upcoming exhibition.
It is evident that Ellie looks back to artists such as Malevich and Kandinsky for inspiration, however Old city, new world is nothing less than original, fresh and contemporary.
Shadows, unique state woodblock print. Part of Ellie Malin’s upcoming exhibition.
Exhibition co-curator, Pip Stevenson, describes her take on the work: “Ellie’s new work literally took my breath away when I first saw it. Her use of colour has continued to evolve and her subtly evocative compositions are mesmerising. Overall it displays a new maturity and a consolidated personal style.”
Ellie has exhibited widely and her work has been acquired by collectors both here and overseas, she collaborated with Gorman in 2013 and most recently entered the archive of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Join Ellie and the Modern Times team at the exhibition opening for a celebratory drink kindly supplied by McPherson Wine Co! All welcome but please RSVP to [email protected] by 25 April.
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