Making Art Matter: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis
8 September – 25 November 2018
A celebration of the work of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis whose artistic partnership spanned five decades.
Clifford Ellis is remembered for his initative in founding and establishing the Bath Academy of Art as one of the most influential art schools outside London. Less well known, however, is his work as an artist, notably the bold, colourful posters and book jackets which he designed with his wife Rosemary for clients such as London Transport and Collins publishers.
A collection of these stunning and rare works, many featuring animals and landscapes, was given to the Gallery in 2016 and forms the basis of this unique exhibition. Included are the Ellises’ most iconic designs spanning 50 years, a group of Bath Blitz watercolours, together with works in two and three dimensions by lecturers at the Academy such as William ScoZ, Gillian Ayres and Peter Lanyon.