Artist Statement

Ellie’s current body of work incorporates narratives from mythology and literature with biographical and social concerns particularly themes of addiction and the way in which women have been represented in art and literature in a patriarchal society. In the process of making these paintings, Ellie is building her own vocabulary of symbolism which she weaves into the narratives.

Ellie is inspired by the highly imaginative ancient art found in mosaics and tapestries and also early 20th-century figurative art when the huge shift away from western formal realism had taken place and figurative artists were exploring imaginative ways of representing the human form and new narratives. Her biggest influences from this era are Picasso, Modigliani and Gauguin. She is also very inspired by female contemporary figurative artists working today including Paula Rego, Eileen cooper, Mellissa Kime and many more.

Artist Ellie Contreras


  • Advanced Figurative Workshop with James Bland 2019
  • BA (hons) Graphic Design De Montfort University 2001, 2:1
  • Advanced GNVQ Art & Design, Richmond College 1998, Distinction


  • Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries London November 2021
  • AppArt Exhibition Godalming June 2021
  • Denbies Wine Estate group exhibition March 2020
  • CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS – SURREY  Sandown Park Racecourse March 2020
  • The Pavillion Guildford Cricket club – group exhibition March 2019
  • Guildford art society Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place – November 2019
  • New Artist Fair London – Old Truman Brewery, September 2019
  • Farnham art society spring pop up show Coxbridge Farm -May 2019
  • Contemporary art fair Newbury – May 2019
  • Guildford House Gallery – group exhibition May 2018
  • Farnham Art society summer exhibition June 2018
  • Epsom & Ewell Contemporary art exhibition July 2018
  • Guildford House Gallery – group exhibition November 2018
  • Oko:Art Autumn Exhibition – November 2018

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