English. b 1969
Ele Pack received her degree from Loughborough College of Art. She now lives and works in Brighton. She has exhibited her paintings both nationally, and internationally. Her work has been exhibited by various UK galleries, and overseas in Germany, Sweden and the US.
Her work has also been published as fine art prints by Rosenstiels publishers, and The Art Group. She is represented by Josie Eastwood Fine Art, and The &Gallery in Edinburgh. She has work in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.
"I try to create beautiful spaces.
I see my paintings existing like music or poetry. There is not a clear narrative in the paintings, instead they are visual experiences to be felt on an emotional level. I believe in the power of ART to lift and transcend. Using an abstract language of mark making that is both personal and universal.
There is a primitive sensitivity involved in mark making, and what these marks communicate to us. Sadness happiness joy frivolty grief. Or maybe a humanity.
I believe that visual language has a potent power, like music or literature. And it has the power to lift, communicate and transform.
My recent work has taken inspiration from the ocean, nature and the natural world. I seek to make images that have a feeling of light and space, the landscape and the sea, without being a literal representation.
Living on the coast in Brighton has had a definite influence, with much of the new work conveying the openness and feel of space, depth and water.
An imaginary floating world is created with hidden spaces, things half-shown and suggested. Like Rorschach inkblots, the viewer is invited to find and interpret their own symbols in the ambiguous visual field. Clouds, reflections, elements of landscape and the coast have all been observed.
Using pattern and mark to create rhythm, I use a range of materials; paint, pencil, fabric, collage, metallics, and build up my paintings in a very organic way. I overlay layers of paint, mark and collage to build up the pictorial space. This creates glimpses, hidden spaces, things half_ shown, suggested. I use delicate layers of texture, drawing and colour to create an ambiguous space. The image is then worked and re_worked until the image is “found”. Only when a balance and integration is achieved I feel that the painting is finished.
I like to think of them as “visual poems”. This sensual world is one to be absorbed, felt, and enjoyed.