September 8 @ 10:30 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm
This recommended exhibition celebrates the work of illustrators and artists Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, whose artistic partnership spanned five decades. Their creative output included iconic book cover and poster designs and wonderful watercolours recording the Bath Blitz.
Down – Green Line (Kestrel), poster, London Passenger Transport Board 1933
Clifford Ellis is known for his work as head of the pioneering Bath Academy of Art. Based at Corsham Court from 1946, the Academy had a pioneering programme, with some of the best artists of the day teaching in an environment where the emphasis was on training future art teachers.
Their imagery reveals an overwhelming interest in, and love of, the British countryside and the creatures that inhabit it. Signing their work simply ‘C&RE’, they also shared a love of fresh bright colour and bold design.
Jacket artwork, The Yellow Wagtail, Collins New Naturalists Monographs 4, gouache 1950