Pulling the Lever - Recent Sculpture by Pete Ellis

Sculpture by Pete Ellis, The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple by Pete Ellis

1 October 2005 - 8 January 2006

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Something has changed at Lady Lever Art Gallery. Visitors to the opulent and luxurious surroundings will find the usual fineries interspersed with seemingly everyday objects. The surprising additions, including parsnips, rubber gloves, and gigantic socks, are not unwelcome interlopers, but the work of sculptor Pete Ellis.

Taking commonplace objects and elevating them to high art, Ellis aims to unlock 'the potential anarchy that an object might have'. Vegetables and sausages are cast in bronze, poking fun at the 'noble' status of sculpture. His work is humorous and emotive, challenging our expectations of both the gallery environment and our own everyday surroundings.

Exhibition highlights

  • Ellis' existing sculptures have been scattered throughout the Lady Lever's galleries for visitors to discover. View a selection of items in the gallery below.
  • In the temporary exhibition area, visitors can find newly commissioned work. These include The Odd Couple, Sleepwalkers and Interludes.

About the artist

Pete Ellis was born in Prestbury, Cheshire. He trained at Manchester, Wolverhampton and at Chelsea School of Art where he was taught by the renowned sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. Ellis has completed fellowships and residencies in the UK and abroad. He has taught extensively and has a long track record of exhibitions and awards. He is Associate Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University.

      All images: copyright Pete Ellis. Photography: Nick Dunmur, Nottingham