'United in Different Guises XXXXIII', Tim Ellis

Two rectangular shapes in cream, edged with blue and red

2009, Acrylic and varnish on cotton and bulldog clips,
202.2 x 135.5 cm

Artist's statement

This painting is part of an ongoing series that shares the same title, 'United in Different Guises', and which are numbered accordingly. The title refers to a proposed shared function. This function sits somewhere between a communicative role and the symbolic. The source imagery used is a mixture of signage and design which is reconstructed to form gendered symbols.

The paintings' scale and material quality mimic the appearance
of flags and banners. By folding, scuffing and gradually ageing the paintings, a suggested utility appears. What is left is an object that questions notions of symbolism and authenticity, allowing the work to function beyond the realms of painting.


Tim Ellis was born in Chester in 1981. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University 2000-03 and the Royal Academy Schools London 2006-09. He lives and works in London. Group shows include 'The Last Gang in Town' Arena Gallery Liverpool 2006, 'Premiums' Royal Academy of Arts London 2008, ' Falling from an Apple Tree by Mistake' Wilde Gallery Berlin 2008, 'New Sensations' A Foundation London 2009, 'TAG From 3 to 36: New London Painting' Brown Collective London 2010 and 'Newspeak: British Art Now' Saatchi Gallery London 2010. His solo exhibition ' A Foundation for Exchange' was at Primopiano Lugano Switzerland 2010.