Rachel Ellis was born in Adelaide and later grew up in Forbes in Central Western NSW and has been based in Bathurst since 2001. She studied at the City Art Institute in Sydney and completed a Master of Art at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales majoring in drawing in 1993. She has exhibited widely, and has been included in both the Dobell Drawing Prize and Blake Prize for Religious Art on several occasions. Awards include the Blake Prize for Religious Art (1996), the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for painting (1997), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Denise Hickey Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (1998).
During her time in Hill End, Rachel plans to immerse herself and her work in the historical architecture and landscape of the area. Hill End will provide Rachel with rich material to explore the notion of 'suspended time' through the use of light in painting.
IMAGES: Rachel Ellis Studio Interior, Haefliger’s Cottage II 2006, oil on board. 50 x 125.5 cm. MENU IMAGE: Rachel Ellis Cauliflower 1999, oil on paper. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Collection, Gift of Hendrik Kolenberg.