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Patricia Ellis

Former Saatchi Gallery, founder of MAKE magazine, author of 100: The Work That Changed Art


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Patricia Ellis is an artist, writer, curator, and consultant. She has written catalogue texts for museums, publishing houses and commercial galleries including: The Saatchi Gallery, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Royal Academy, The Hermitage, Museum Het Domain, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Gem Museum, Vanabbe Museum, Artimo Foundation, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Thyssen Bornemisza Collection, MUSAC, and Migros Foundation. She has collaborated with The Saatchi Collection since 1998 as an interpretations curator and spokesperson and is credited as having “largely contributed to innovating how the art sector communicates with its public over the past decade”. Ellis has held editorial posts with Giancarlo Politi Editore (publisher of Flash Art International, Flash Art Italia, and Invervista), MAKE, the magazine for women in the arts, and Art & Music magazine. She has contributed to periodicals such as Flash Art, Spike Quarterly, Beaux Arts, Contemporary, and Metropolis M. Ellis has published 5 books: 100: The Work That Changed British Art (Random House), Interview With Painting (co-authored by Gianni Romano, Postmedia Milan), and the three part Triumph of Painting series (Koenig); she has associate edited Cedar Lewisohn’s Street Art (Tate) and Abstract Graffiti (Merrell), and Solvej Oveson’s World As Stage (NBK/Koenig). Since 1999, Ellis has curated 11 international exhibitions in the UK, Finland, Israel, and Ireland, including the British exhibitions for the Tirana Biennale 2001, ArtKliasma Moscow 2003, and the Prague Biennale 2005. Since 2006 she has been a lecturer in Contextual Studies at the University of the Arts London. She was Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council from 2007-2010, and an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England from 2010-2013. She is currently the director of Punk & Sheep gallery, London, and exhibits her paintings regularly in the UK and Europe.


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