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Graham Ellard

Country(activity based):
United Kingdom
Visual Art


Graduated from ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON, 1986.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are
-"The Pavilion" (w/Stephen Johnstone), group, parallel event to the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, 2017
-"Things to Come" (w/Stephen Johnstone) in 'Moholy-Nagy: Future Present', group, Guggenheim, New York, 2016
-"For an Open Campus" (w/Stephen Johnstone) parallel event to the Aichi Triennial, solo, Satellite Gallery, Nagoya, 2016
-"Everything Made Bronze" (w/Stephen Johnstone) in 'Display Show', group, Stroom, Den Hague, 2016
-"Neue Museen" (w/Stephen Johnstone) solo, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, 2011

Other activities (including awards received) are
-"Anthony McCall: notebooks and conversations", book, (w/Stephen Johnstone), pb. Lund Humphries, London, 2015
-"Studios for Artists: concepts and concrete", book, (w/Jonathan Harvey), pb. Black Dog, London, 2015

As an artist I have collaborated with Stephen Johnstone since 1993. Since 2007 we have worked exclusively in 16mm film to explore specific built locations - typically modernist and often 'visionary' - at times combined with archive material, drawings, models and studio recreations.

About works / performance

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The Pavilion, Timber, approx. 7m x 15m x 3.5m. A temporary structure in a public space as a site for an exhibtion. Part of the Folkestone Fringe in parallel with the Folkestone Triennial 2017, Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone
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La Mer (Four hands. Two dancers. Two films), Live dance, film, piano performance. 2018, Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone, with Tony ThatcherFor an Open Campus_Graham Ellard.png
For an Open Campus, 16mm film, colour, sound, 29 mins. 2016,
Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone.

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Cut. Cast. Reveal, 16mm film, colour/black and white, silent. 9 mins, looped. 2016. Installation view: Shoko Shoreikan, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan. As part of the Setouchi Triennale.
Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone

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Everything Made Bronze, 16 mm film, colour, sound, 12.30 mins. looped, with acrylic and gold leaf model. 2013. Installation view: Satellite Gallery, Nagoya. Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone

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Things to Come, 16mm film, black and white, silent. 2011
Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone


Working in collaboration with Stephen Johnstone our films emphasize the ability of the camera to produce ambiguities of scale, depth or shallowness and are fascinated by the play of multiple reflection, prismatic refraction and naturally occurring super-imposition as light penetrates architectural space. We are concerned with the altered forms of attention, and the resulting intensity of looking, that comes from using a lens to frame and magnify architectural details and fleeting atmospheric effects. Emerging themes in recent work are the processes and pleasures of making – the work of the hand and its ‘intelligence’ in the interaction with materials and physical objects from drawing, model making, and to the work of a musician, craftsperson or gardener.