Elli Schlunke


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.

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