Ellis studied sculpture at the University of Chichester under Alan Saunders, a former student of Anthony Caro’s. Following his degree, he trained and worked as a sculpture conservator in London for eight years and Ireland for a further twelve, having moved to Dublin in 1994.
In 2006 he left conservation and turned exclusively to producing his own sculpture. His reputation has grown quickly and his work now features in several public and private collections. Public works are sited at Bantry House, Co. Cork, the Druid Theatre, Galway and University College Dublin. In 2010 he installed a public piece at the Garda Memorial Garden in Dublin Castle and showed at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale.
The combination of a fine art background and twenty years spent in conservation has influenced his art practice. His immaculate carvings display a deep knowledge and appreciation of the medium of stone. His studio is a converted farm building in the Ox Mountains, Co. Sligo, where the isolation allows him to think clearly and create a lot of dust and noise. Currently his practice appears to be moving away from pure abstraction and towards aspects of the human form.
Please visit the artist's website at: www.jasonellis.ie