Ellis O'Connor

Artist Biography

Ellis O'Connor is a Contemporary Landscape Artist fromScotland working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to beseen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the landscape;‘the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea withair, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light - elements that seem to beabout something intangible.’

In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of the pieces made on paper on site become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in the studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed. By producing the art work she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect the nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.

Selected Exhibitions 

2010 - 2014
BA Fine Art, Honours, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

2015 - 2016 Master of Art & Humanities with Distinction


  • John Byrne Award
  • Balavoulin Art Grant
  • Scottish Arctic Club expedition award
  • International Travel Bursary for Visual Arts supported by the Saltire Society and the BritishCouncil Scotland
  • Tay Landscape Award
  • William Sangster Phillips Award
  • Dundee Visual Art Award
  • Royal Scottish Academy Landscape Award
  • Fleming Collection selected Scottish Artist
  • Dundee Visual Art and Craft Award
  • Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize
  • Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Florence Scholarship
  • Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2015 Selected Artist

Talks/ Workshops

2021 Drawing from the Land Art Holiday in partnership with Wild At Art, 23rd - 30th May. Book here: https://wildatartscotland.com/small-group-art-holidays-in-scotland/outer-hebrides-painting-holiday-may-2021/

2021 Hebridean Wildscapes: Small Ship Art Cruise of the Inner Hebrides, 18th - 24th August.Book here: https://wildatartscotland.com/small-group-art-holidays-in-scotland/hebridean-wildscapes-painting-cruise/

2019 Plein Air Workshop in partnership with the Laundry Gallery, Aviemore, 8th - 9th June

2017 Invited speaker to the Scottish Parliament as part of Scot Link Week

'Deep Time Drawing with Ellis O'Connor' a drawing workshop as part of the An Talla Solais Murmur Show

2016 Green Tease: Iceland’s Landscapes: Science & Art with Dr Anthony Newton & EllisO’Connor, Tuesday 25th October.

Speaker at the Just Landed Exhibition, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

Led community engaged drawing workshops in Ullapool

2015 Creative Conversations selected speaker, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Speaker to coincide with Another place Show, Wall Projects, Montrose

Speaker at the Arctic Circle Conference as part of Lateral North, Reykjavik

The Sublime in Landscape Art Presentation and Workshop, Ólafsfjörður

  • Exhibitions 2020
  • Spring Show, Resipole Studios, Acharacle, Argyll. 10th March - ongoing
  • Selected Works, Morningside Gallery, 94 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh. 10th March - ongoing
  • Spring Show, Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis. 3rd April - ongoing
  • 2019 ‘Sumainn’ Solo Show, Laundry Gallery Aviemore, 29th March - 22nd April
  • ‘Ascent’ Solo Show, Rhue Art Gallery, 22nd April - 22nd August
  • ‘Tide’ John Muir Open 2019: Dunbar Town House Gallery, 25th May - 23rd June
  • Solo show, The Boiler Room Gallery, Ardtornish Estate, Morvern Peninsula, 12th August - 30thSeptember
  • 2018 Uncharted Lands: Solo Exhibition, Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr, 11th January – 11th March

  • Selected Works Cobalt Gallery, Pittenweem, 1st April – ongoing
  • Selected Works Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, 1st April – ongoing
  • Solo Exhibition WWT Caerlaverock Centre, Dumfries, 28th April – 16th June
  • Aite Iargalta: Solo Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh Lochmaddy, North Uist, 1st May – 28th July
  • Luaisgeachd: Solo Exhibition, Resipole Gallery, Ardnamurchan, 6th July – 24th August
  • Group Exhibtion, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, 14th July - 25th August
  • Elemental: Solo Exhibition, Talla Na Mara, Isle of Harris, September 1st – 30th
  • October Group Show, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff, 13th October - 10th November
  • End of Year Group Show, Strathearn Gallery, 17th November - 3rd January
  • Winter Group Show, Kilmorac Gallery, 17th November – 9th March
  • On a Small Scale Group Show, Open Eye Gallery, 26th November – 22nd December
  • 2017 Murmur - Artists reflect on climate change, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 5th August - 17thSeptember
  • Autumn Show, Resipole Studios, Ardnamurchan, 1st September - 22nd October
  • Members Show, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 30th September - 23rd December
  • Group Show, North Lands Creative Winter Show, 24th November - 2nd February
  • 2016 Skammdegi Group Show, Salur Myndlistarfélagsins Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Listhus Art Space Group Show, Listhus 10 Art Space, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland
  • Tracing the Land, Solo show, Mjólkurbúðin Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Moving Mountains, An Ealdhain Arts Trust, Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William

  • Just Landed, New Graduate Exhibition, An Talla Solais, Ullapool
  • Fading Light, Grampian Arts Trust, 11th May – 24th June, Aberdeen
  • SCOTLAND + Venice: Prospect North, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, Venice, June - July
  • Image Collective, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, 2nd - 16th September
  • Dundee Science Festival, Dundee, 29th October – 13th November
  • Solo show, John Muir Wild Space, Pitlochry, 8th November – 4th January 2017
  • 2015 RSW Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  • Group show, La Galerie 1940, Edinburgh
  • RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh
  • New Scottish Artists, Fleming Collection, Mayfair, London
  • Corridor: VAU Members Show, Visual Artist Unit, Glasgow
  • Another Place, Wall Projects Solo Exhibition, Montrose
  • Dimmi Tell me, Group Exhibition, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Edges, Solo Exhibition, Meffan Gallery Solo Exhibition, Forfar
  • DJCAD Masters Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee
  • VAU Annual Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee
  • Lateral North, South Block Gallery, Glasgow,
  • Festschrift, House for an Art Lover’s Studio Pavilion, Glasgow
  • 2014 Way Points, Group Show, Isle of Eigg Exhibition, Isle of Eigg, Small Isles

  • Black Cube Collective’s Annual Show, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh
  • Traces; Aesthetics of the Landscape, Solo Exhibition, Discovery Point, Dundee
  • Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
  • Generator Members Show, Dundee
  • Collections
  • 2016 Royal Scottish Academy Collection, Edinburgh
  • University of Dundee Private Collection, Dundee
  • Ninewells Hospital Private Collection, Dundee
  • Residencies
  • 2017 Visiting Artist, The International School of Graphics, Venice, 9th January - 19th February
  • Bothy Project, Isle of Eigg, 15th - 22nd March
  • Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland, 29th March – 12th April
  • Leveld Arts Centre, Norway, 25th April - 28th May
  • ØY Festival 2017, Papa Westray, Orkney, 16th – 20th November
  • 2016 Cove Park Residency, Cove Park, Scotland, March
  • Artist in Residence, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick, March
  • DJCAD Artist in Residence, University of Dundee
  • Arctic Circle Expedition, selected worldwide artist to Svalbard, October

  • Sumburgh Head Artist in Residence, Shetland, November
  • 2015 Bothy Project, Sweeney's Bothy, Isle of Eigg, January
  • Nes artist studios, Skagaströnd, Iceland, October - November
  • Listhus Skammdegi AIR Award, Ólafsfjördur, December - March
  • 2014 Bothy Project Inshriach, Aviemore, Highland Scotland, January
  • Northern Isles Expedition to Shetland, July
  • Fljotstunga Eco Farm, Iceland, November
  • Publications
  • The Times
  • BBC The Loop
  • 60 North Magazine, Summer Issue, Shetland
  • The North of Scotland Grapevine, Front Cover, Inverness