Created and Sold by Gordon Ellis-Brown

Gordon Ellis-Brown

Promised Land (Soul Shaker)

Item details

Promised Land (Soul Shaker), 75 x 113 cm, acrylic, pigment print on Arches Aquarelle, 2017

While spending time in California, Arizona and New Mexico, Gordon became immersed in the creativity, harmony and spiritual vision of the Native American Indian culture. Conversely, he was exposed to the romance, anarchy and chaotic violence disseminated in 20th century Wild West iconography.

Using symbolism from petroglyphs and petroforms as central components to his work, Gordon reveals a pictorial life-force of the Native Indians while challenging preconceptions of the American West.

Through paint, photography, montage and mixed media, ’Soul Shaker’ bridges the gap between the past and present, capturing a raw energy within an uncompromising image dynamic with pure colour, graphic intensity and depth.

The shapes, compositions and narratives seek to make a connection beneath the surface, creating a visual language that resonates with our individual life cycle and the wider global challenges we face today - projecting themes, visuals and messages from tribes who lived in harmony with the earth and its precious resources.

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Gordon Ellis-Brown

Meet the Creator

Tribes. Land. Ocean.
Origin. Authenticity. Integrity.
Honor. Pride. Celebration.

From a childhood living in a small hotel by the sea in Worthing to his experiences in California and New Mexico, Gordon reveals fundamental truths in conflicting beliefs and cultural traditions.

Drawing on his graphic roots, he uses pure colour, scale, symbolism, iconography, found objects and photography; his meticulously handpainted and multi-layered works challenge convention, post colonial attitudes and propaganda, taking the viewer on a journey through positive abstraction.

Gordon renders his art with a raw energy that comes from the artist’s proximity to the subject, demonstrating the correlation in extremes of imagery and revealing a life-force in an affirmative, minimalist state. He opens a dialogue between ancient history, the 20th century, pop culture, consumerism and leading-edge technology through exploring transformation over time.

Focusing on an image before relocating its context is a way of celebrating the enduring materiality of images whilst safeguarding the vulnerability of others. This dissonance subverts, disrupts and enriches our recognition of the visual world, touching our soul through a moment of reflection and realization.