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Patricia Ellis

Fine Art Programme Director
Chelsea College of Arts
Person Type
Patricia  Ellis


Patricia Ellis is an artist, art writer, consultant and curator whose research spans all areas of contemporary art.

Regularly working with galleries, museums and artists to provide interpretive texts for artworks and exhibitions, Ellis uses this platform to experiment with how art is communicated, frequently adopting structural and narrative devices used by popular media.

Ellis' writing and curating is often performative, approaching texts and exhibitions as works of art themselves, while her paintings are made using textured and tactile surfaces to create spatial illusions, reflecting her interest in how art is communicated in this digital age.

Ellis has written catalogue texts for institutions such as The Hermitage (St. Petersburg), The Royal Academy (London), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Lyon, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Gemeente Museum (Den Haag), Vanabbe Museum (Amsterdam), Migros Museum (Zürich), and Kunsthalle St. Gallen.

She's also worked with The Saatchi Gallery since 1998 as an Associate Interpretations Curator and held editorial posts with MAKE, Art & Music and Giancarlo Politi Editore, publisher of Flash Art International, Flash Art Italia and Invervista.

Ellis is a regular contributor to Spike Quarterly and has written for other periodicals including Modern Painters, Beaux Arts, Contemporary and Metropolis M. Her books include 100:The Work That Changed British Art, the three part Triumph of Painting series and Ellis also co-authored Interview with Painting.

Ellis’ curatorial projects include British exhibitions for the 2001 Tirana, 2003 ArtKliasma (Moscow) and the 2005 Prague biennales. She is currently an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England, and was also a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council from 2007–10.


BA Fine Art

Graduate Diploma Fine Art

MA Fine Art