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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present a new work in The Box by British artist Tom Ellis.

Ellis will show one small painting, The Little Shoemakers No. 1, the original study that generated the body of work currently on view in his solo exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London.

Comprising nine large paintings, each work in The Wallace Collection exhibition depicts an image of a shoemaker appropriated from a work by seventeenth-century Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger. Using this recurring motif, Ellis explores the sense of detachment that can be achieved through repetition. By presenting the study for this body of work within The Box, the artist serves to highlight the act of scaling up in creating the feeling of emptiness and indeterminacy which pervades his larger paintings.

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis was born in London in 1973 and studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1992–95. He has exhibited at galleries and museums around the world. In addition to the exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London (2016), other solo shows include those at MOT International, London (2012, 2011, 2007); Bloomberg Space, London (2011) and Kunsthalle Winterthur (2010).

About The Box

Designed as a micro-project space by Simon Dance, The Box is a hollow white cube (45 x 45 x 45 cm) which hovers at the back of a narrow black passage alongside Pippy Houldsworth Gallery’s main gallery. Initiated in 2011, the programme of projects to date in The Box has included Ai Weiwei, Martha Rosler, Daniel Arsham, Olaf Breuning, David Batchelor, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nathan Coley, Jessie Flood-Paddock, Susan Hiller, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Polly Morgan, Bedwyr Williams, Zarina Bhimji, Tania Kovats, Jane & Louise Wilson, Shezad Dawood, Paul McCarthy, Shana Moulton, Barthélémy Toguo, Dean Levin, Alina Szapocznikow, Gavin Turk, Arlene Shechet and Bill Woodrow.

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Tom Ellis
The Little Shoemakers No. 1, 2016
oil on board and wood
24 x 17 cm
Installation view: The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 2016