Ellen Ranson

County Durham

Ellen Ranson (b.1996) is an abstract painter who lives and works in the North East of England. She was Paint Fellow at Northumbria University (2018), British Council Venice Fellow (2022) and is shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023.

The physically powerful, expressive works capture the Ranson’s hunger and desire for greater recognition and a rebalancing of female representation and voices within abstract painting — adding to the growing conversation around reclaiming and rearticulating women’s voices. Imagery taken from the artist’s everyday experiences, patriarchal pasts and presents, memories, surroundings, ancient landscapes and other sources are manipulated and abstracted via a seemingly digital process, resulting in a hand-made abstraction. The interrogation of colour, layering, motif, pattern and application of paint simultaneously creates new environments and reflections on the world around us.

CV

Solo Exhibitions
2023
Moonlight Dance on Warm Cement, Gala Gallery, Durham

2022
Ellen Ranson, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough

2020
Under the Eaves, Hartlepool Art Gallery

2019
Pop Up Salon, Parapluie, North Shields

Duo Exhibitions 

2020-21
PB33, Ellen Ranson and Beth J Ross, The Bank, North Shields

Group Exhibitions
2023
Contemporary British Painting Prize 2023, Thames Side Gallery / Huddersfield Art Gallery
X — Contemporary British Painting, Newcastle Contemporary Art

2022
Queer Fringe, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough

2021
BALTIC Open Submission, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Somewhere Between Reality and Obscurity, The Viewing Room, UKNA, curated by Garth Gratrix (online)

2018
Connectivity, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough
I Can Still (Still), Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle
Reveal, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Ladies and Gentlemen, TESTT Space, Empty Shop, Durham

2017
The Long-er Gallery, Newcastle
Powerhouse, Conny, Consett
Abstraction, Conny, Consett

Articles and press

2023
PULSE Feature, The Crack, November 2023
UK New Artists profile
X – Contemporary British Painting (and catalogue)

2022
Interview, NARC, August 2022

2020
Interview, NARC, January 2020

2019
Interview, NARC, February 2019
Radical Gestures, Art Licks, Issue 26

Awards

2023
Shortlist, Contemporary British Painting Prize

2022
Venice Fellowship Programme, The British Council – 59th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia 2022, Venice

2018
John Crisp Prize for Innovative Work in Painting

Self-established
Founder/Director, Conny Art Fest 2017 – 2022

Curation
2019
Conny Art Fest

2018
Ladies and Gentlemen, TESTT, Durham

2017
Conny Art Festival, YMCA, Consett

Education

2020 – 2022
MA Fine Art, Distinction, MIMA School of Art, Teesside University

2015 – 2018
BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class, Northumbria University

Skills & Experience

  • Project management
  • Technique tuition: painting
  • Workshops (family / general)
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