Proud moment for artist

February 28 2014

INSPIRED by forgotten celebrities and what is sprayed on the streets of Bristol is local artist, Rob Ellis.

INSPIRED by forgotten celebrities and what is sprayed on the streets of Bristol is local artist, Rob Ellis.
The 35-year-old was recently selected as a finalist for the Winter Pride Art Awards - a new arts competition for emerging and established artists.
The ceremony took place on February 8 at Tobacco Dock in East London, and attracted over 150 entrants, submitting around 350 pieces of work.
Rob's spray-stencilled artwork, Can't Bomb Glamour, was one of his pieces selected for the awards ceremony.
The image was inspired by Dame Anna Neagle - a popular British star during the Second World War.
Rob said: "I discovered a drawing that my granddad did, and I wanted to make a modern version of it.
"It astonishes me how someone who was such a big star, and was even voted as one of the nation's favourite actresses, has slipped from our conscience."
As a result of being short-listed as a finalist, his work is now displayed at the Chart Gallery, a pop-up exhibition in Chelsea.
Although Rob did not receive an award, he said that he was honoured to be short-listed and it was "a very proud moment."
Having always done art as a hobby, Rob was persuaded to submit his work to the competition by friends and family.
He added: "I find you are always able to lose yourself in art - it's a bit of an escapism."
Originally from Surrey, Rob came to Bristol to study and for the past 16 years, has lived on Gloucester Road.
Rob, who describes himself as "quite old fashioned", likes to listen to records whilst doing his work, and often writes the name of the LP on the back of the piece so those looking at the painting can feel a connection to its creation.
He says that his art work is all about making connections. 
To find out more about Rob's art work, visit his Facebook page

Can't Bomb Glamour
Can't Bomb Glamour by Rob Ellis