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Ellen Groth Reddie - Oval House Cafe Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of work by Ellen Groth Reddie, her first solo show in London, will be on display in the Oval House Cafe Gallery from January 15 to February 16, 2008.

Ellen Groth Reddie (Artoony) was born in Norway and is now living in the UK. Having studied art at Einar Granum Kunstfagskole in Oslo, she experiments with different ways of expressing herself, using traditional oil painting, water colour, silk painting, and sculpturing with papier maché.

She has travelled across the USA and Europe, and lived in Berlin as the wall came down. As a result, her inspiration comes from an abundance of sources.

Recently, Ellen has embraced technological advance in her work and uses the computer screen as a canvas, still freehand drawing but with the tools of today. Ellen loves vibrant colours and is keen to create artwork that makes people feel good. Her works are only available as limited edition prints and she’s never released more than 100 of the same design, regardless of size or output media.

Ellen’s greatest fascination has always been with the early surrealists like Dali and Magritte as well as with 60’s pop art – Roy Lichtenstein is her favourite. These lead her to describe her work as “pop art with a dash of the surreal”.

Current exhibitions include The Art of Digital – Ellen’s work was one of 104 chosen by Paul Benezra (Director of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art) from nearly 3,000 entrants for a six week display in the Lyceum Theatre in the trendy Gaslight centre of San Diego.

“Artoony” was born in March 2006 when Ellen started artoonfactory. Artoony is Ellen’s avatar on myspace and other online galleries – a fantasy figure she created to market her work. She changes her look as she pleases and loves to experiment with a mixture of popart and surreal art.

Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW.

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday – 3pm to 9.30pm.