Elli Schlunke

PAINTINGS

I've always painted.  A few years ago I was a bit obsessed with painting faces, but when I realised I was filling my house with "people" I suddenly lost interest. I loved doing the Gum Zen series, playing with photos with patterns made by gum leaves. I've also painted a few murals, some quite large, but I prefer the excitement of starting on a fresh blank canvas, or indeed a new start over the top of an old painting, which always brings nice surprises when the underpainting shows through.

I've been doing more sculpture than painting in recent years, but at times I crave to paint just so I can play with colours, or more colours than I tend to use in sculpture.

GUM ZEN LABYRINTH
GUM ZEN LABYRINTH

1800 x 1200, acrylic. One of my favourites, NFS

GUM ZEN FREE
GUM ZEN FREE

763 mm square, acrylic on canvas. NFS

GUM ZEN GENTLY
GUM ZEN GENTLY

910 x 910, acrylic. I painted this over an unsuccessful landscape - and stopped after whiting out the background, as I loved the way the underpainting worked. Sold.

GUM ZEN FLOWER SOON
GUM ZEN FLOWER SOON

510 x 1530, acrylic. It wasn't till I blew up the image that I noticed the buds - the leaves were only a small part of the overall original photo. Sold.

SPECTACLE
SPECTACLE

755 x 1015, acrylic. Two friends unwittingly imitating each other while watching a bonfire from a hillside. NFS.

HUNGER DU JOUR
HUNGER DU JOUR

1200 x 1800, acrylic, the result of 2 friends being hams at a fancy dress party. NFS

WORTH
WORTH

915 x 915, acrylic. One of my mentors. NFS

STEVIE
STEVIE

600 x 755, acrylic. NFS

POP 1961
POP 1961

1530 x 1015, acrylic. I had some fun manipulating an old black and white photo of my dad. NFS

COLLINGWOOD MORNING
COLLINGWOOD MORNING

1620 x 1220, acrylic, three of us having a Morning After. The window light is a major element of the composition. NFS

MY GIANT BLACK
MY GIANT BLACK

1800 X 1200, acrylic. Sold.

LUMINOUS COWS AT LARGE
LUMINOUS COWS AT LARGE

1200 x 900, acrylic. I've spent over 30 years staring at this phenomenon - the cows on the other side of the river glow in the late afternoon when the foreground on my side of the valley is in deep shade. Sold. The whole series is sold.