​Ellen Stapleton is a prolific Brisbane-based artist who in the past 18 years has featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide.


She regularly travels the world painting murals and collaborating with incredible international artists.


Ellen is a talented multi-disciplined artist skilled in acrylic and gouache painting, aerosol and digital art.


She creates colourful and elaborate artwork portraying scenes of a vibrant Utopia full of beauty, energy, positivity and creation.


Her distinctive, stylised, illustrative style is inspired by an eclectic blend of sources including her love of street art, tattoo design, and nature; her travels to exotic locations around the world and her training in Sacred Tibetan Buddhist painting.


Ellen was named one of the most exciting female artists in the world by 'Curvy-World' and was awarded the prestigious 'Barcelona Showcase Best Artist Award' from a selection of over 150 highly esteemed international artists in Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpiece 'Casa Batllo'.


Her work has featured in a variety of print and online media including 'Semi-Permanent' and 'Curvy' books and on Australian television shows 'Neighbours' and 'Bed of Roses'. She was also commissioned to create artwork for ‘The Artboards' sold in the famous Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

BARCELONA SHOWCASE EXHIBITIONS 

In July 2012 Ellen was invited to exhibit her artwork at the Barcelona Showcase International Art Exhibition in Antoni Gaudi's architectural masterpiece Casa Battlo.


"Ellen's artwork stood out, giving a positive vibe and a colourful display which complimented Gaudi's Casa Battlo building beautifully. Visitors were instantly attracted to her work and she received a lot of great feedback.

It came to no surprise that Curators selected Ellen from over 150 talented international artists as the proud winner of the Barcelona Showcase Best Artist Award."


With this astounding achievement Ellen was honoured to be invited to return to Barcelona to exhibit her artwork for a second and third time in this iconic building at Barcelona Showcase 2013 and 2014, again both extremely successful exhibitions.


Announced as one of world’s top emerging art events Barcelona Showcase features contemporary fine art by selected international artists showcased in Antoni Gaudi’s world famous Casa Battlo building in the heart of vibrant Barcelona.

This one-day pop-up art exhibition features works from top emerging contemporary Artists & Galleries from all over the globe with over 3600 visitors, a record breaking number of visitors.

HANAKO EXHIBITION - ART INSPIRED BY THE PERFORMANCE

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE FESTIVAL, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND BELLOO CREATIVE



BILLBOARD EXHIBITION - NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS 

In 2012 Ellen was invited to take part in a very exciting pop up billboard exhibition for the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival.

A curated selection of 20 international artist from Italy, Spain, Australia, The UK, Sweden, USA and more exhibited their artwork on giant billboards flanking the major Mardi Gras parade route.


Billboard space used normally for advertising became a feature of a mix of urban and contemporary art with a diverse range of techniques and influences enhancing the city's unique cityscape with even more color during the most festive time of the year.

Running alongside the billboard show was an exhibition of the artist's original works at Gallery Orange based in the heart of the French quarter, with a launch event on the 3rd February and a Mardi Gras style party on the 19th February.

AMSTERDAM SHOWCASE

On 1st December two-hundred of the most talented artists and art galleries exhibited a wide variety of styles and high quality contemporary art pieces at de Oude Kerk (Amsterdam's famous historical church) for Amsterdam Showcase 2012.

Artists traveled from as far as Japan, USA, The UK, China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and even from Australia to exhibit, show and sell their amazing works at this exclusive art event.

This one-day event in the heart of vibrant Amsterdam attracted over 2500 visitors giving the art-loving crowd in the Netherlands (and rest of Europe) the opportunity to meet World’s most amazing and top emerging artists. 

OXFORD INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR

The Global Art Agency's first ever "Oxford International Art Fair" held in February 2014 was a huge success. Nearly 4000 people visited the art fair many sales were made and a huge amount of excellent press reviews were received including a feature on BBC Two's 'The Culture Show'.


Ellen Stapleton's skateboard comission for 'The Artboards' was exhibited alongside Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait and Sunflowers and Nini Martini's contemporary Artboards.

The event started with an opening preview on Friday night, featuring music and live painting sessions and continued over the weekend. All of the artwork shown was available to buy, giving Art Collectors and Art Enthusiast a rare opportunity to buy directly from the artist - some travelling from as far as Japan, Russia and India to exhibit their artwork at the Oxford International Art Fair in the stunning Oxford Town Hall, a jewel at the heart of the historic city of Oxford.

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM - LIVE PAINTING

In April 2012 Ellen was invited to travel to Sydney to paint live at 'Lock up Your Sons' held at the Australian Museum as part of Jurassic Lounge. 

PRESS RELEASE: Lock Up Your Sons! Why? Because Jurassic Lounge this Tuesday is going to be swept beneath a tidal wave of creative XX chromosomes (with a few XYs for good measure).


In the Atrium we've got African dancing with Aicha, stunning burlesque beauties Frankie Faux and Kiki Coriander, boylesque bandit Dear Bobby and bellydancer Jamil.



Toucan and Bec Sandridge will be making music in the Theatrette while Clare & Co 'Stitch & Bitch' in the arts and crafts area.

Ellen Stapleton will be creating Live Art, Claire Hooper from Good News Week will be on hand to participate in Storytelling, and most exciting of all - Speed Hating (AKA Speed Romancing) is back, with three sessions hosted by Bonnie Heat!.

ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR

Rotterdam, designated Cultural Capital of Europe, welcomes talented artists from around the world for Rotterdam International Art Fair curated by the Global Art Agency. This two day art extravaganza on 12th to 13th September 2014, is a showcase of modern and contemporary art in the beautiful setting of the city’s only remnant of the medieval "De Laurenskerk".


Must Sees: Several works by the famous British street artist Banksy, artwork by the famous hollywood artist Filippo Loco. There will also be regional artists such as the maxim Rotterdamse Osseman and visitors have the chance to win artwork by the Australian Global Art Agency award winner Ellen Stapleton. 

BERLIN PILLAR OF ART

ART BELOW EXHIBITIONS 2010 & 2011

In both 2010 and 2011 Ellen was selected to showcase her artwork to a audience of thousands of commuters in the London Underground as part of the 'Art Below' exhibitions.

Large high quality prints of her artworks 'Waiting for the Sunrise' and 'Sunday Morning' were displayed at Baker Street Station and Old Street Station each for a period of two weeks.


Art Below creates a public gallery in London's most iconic underground stations, using billboard space to display the work of top emerging and highly acclaimed international artists; 'Turning Ad Space Into Art Space'.

Art Below's mission: To enrich the everyday lives of the traveling public by giving fresh insight into the very latest in contemporary art.


Art Below has played host to a rich and diverse portfolio of talent including Banksy, Alison Jackson, Paul Fryer, Mat Collishaw, Antony Micallef, Charming Baker, Billy Childish, Ben Eine, and Max Hattler.

PRESS

"Directional art with an unorthodox backdrop lends Art Below it's fresh, original edge that's currently causing a creative awakening amongst commuters" -THE GUARDIAN

CURVY EXHIBITION & BOOK LAUNCH, MORI GALLERY SYDNEY & NINE LIVES GALLERY BRISBANE

Curvy is an international favourite amongst lovers of art and supporters of female artists. It presents a handpicked selection of the most exciting female graphic designers and illustrators in the world today.

Over 120 next-generation, established and underground female artists are featured from design capitals including Paris, London, LA, New York, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo and Sydney - and from countries as far afield as Ecuador, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, Brazil, Indonesia, Norway, Malta and Israel.

Below: Curvy featured in Yen Magazine - Australia's #1 independent magazine for women.

Curvy continues to be a best-selling publication and cult phenomenon around the globe. This edition, the sixth in the annual series, builds on the exciting momentum of previous years and introduces the next wave of female talent set to break boundaries.

CURVY COLLABORATION MURAL, NINE LIVES GALLERY BRISBANE

Above: Artist Collaboration Mural at Curvy Brisbane by Ellen Stapleton, Elena Mullaly, Emma Bertoldi, Bel Johnson and Yuki Nakano.

SELECTED PRESS

CONDIGN ART MAGAZINE

Issue #04 Vol II January 2014 

DICHTBIJ MAGAZINE

Ellen Stapleton featured in a dutch magazine for ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, September 2014

"On September 12 and 13 works by more than 200 artists and galleries from all over the world will exhibit paintings, photographs and sculptures.
Must-Sees: Several works by the well-known British street artist Banksy will be exhibited. Also works by The Funky Art Gallery of famous hollywood artist Filippo Loco.
There are also regional artists such as the maxim Rotterdamse Osseman and visitors will have the chance to win artwork by the Global Art Agency award winner Ellen Stapleton.”

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Winners of the Barcelona Showcase Artist Awards 2012

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