Richard Ellis has substantial experience of producing work which is both innovative and accessible, mainly for the public realm. His most recent projects have been large-scale works in steel and brick, but he is able to work with materials and processes as diverse as wood, bronze, water and light. This flexibility is due to his being a designer usually allowing other experts to fabricate work. He is also able to collaborate with other artists, and built environment professionals.
His aim is to create works which have meaning to a wide audience, but which is subtle and presents images and ideas in novel ways. His thematic material is informed by many sources, including community involvement, and social and industrial history. He also considers it vital that as well as being appropriate and relevant to its audience, a work should have strong aesthetic qualities and relate to its surroundings.
He has also developed a range of educational interventions, with a particular emphasis on 'holistic' projects in schools, where various strands of the curriculum are woven together as a meaningful whole in a project. The built environment provides rich material for such work. Sometimes school projects have led to permanent commissions.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1993 - Public Art and Design, Chelsea College, London
1996 - Seeing Music in Cathedrals - light and sound installation, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 - Elemental - kinetic steel and water sculpture (collaboration with Saranjit Birdi), Integer Housing Scheme, Wolverhampton
2008 - Tudor Grange Gateway - steel sculpture (collaboration with Saranjit Birdi), Tudor Grange Park, Solihull
2005 - Taking Flight - steel screens and seating; feature brickwork, Chetton Green housing estate, Wolverhampton
1998 - Ceremonial furniture, St Margaret's Parish Church, Bradford
1993 - Out of Darkness - moving light in architecture, Public Art Commissions Agency, Wolverhampton Central Library