“A perpetual holiday is a 
good working
definition of hell.”
George Bernard Shaw
Intimate, comical and quietly disconcerting, Wish You Were Here uncovers the eccentric side to the British holiday, as well as a yearning for nostalgia and a simpler life that once was. Based on classic seaside imagery from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the works reveal hidden narratives from the daily routine of holiday life, while retaining the original charm that characterised the great British getaway.
The creative process used by Ellis-Brown including paint, ink, varnishes and drum scanning captures the original character of vintage picture postcards, as well as the authentic saturated colours and dot patterns from early offset lithographic postcard printing.
Carefree Holiday.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Carefree Holiday. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Continental Cuisine.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Continental Cuisine. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Daily Jollity Programme.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Daily Jollity Programme. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Daytrippers.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Daytrippers. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Fancy A Dip?  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Fancy A Dip? Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Fun At The Seaside.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Fun At The Seaside. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
General View From The Pool.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
General View From The Pool. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Holiday Romance.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Holiday Romance. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Theatricals Welcomed.  Mixed General View from the Pool.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm Media on Arches Aquarelle. 57 x 82 cm
Theatricals Welcomed. Mixed General View from the Pool. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm Media on Arches Aquarelle. 57 x 82 cm
Nice Wheels.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Nice Wheels. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Nightly Performances.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Nightly Performances. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Photo Opportunity.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Photo Opportunity. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Pleasure By The Pool.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Pleasure By The Pool. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Seaside Jaunt.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Seaside Jaunt. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Tastefully Furnished.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Tastefully Furnished. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
The Outdoor Life.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
The Outdoor Life. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Theatricals Welcome.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Theatricals Welcome. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Waiting for Mr Whippy.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Waiting for Mr Whippy. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Wish You Were Here.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Wish You Were Here. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Putting On The Style.  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Putting On The Style. Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 57 x 82 cm
Having A Lovely Time I (480 postcards).  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 105 x 75 cm
Having A Lovely Time I (480 postcards). Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 105 x 75 cm
Having A Lovely Time II (480 postcards).  Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 105 x 75 cm
Having A Lovely Time II (480 postcards). Mixed Media on Arches Aquarelle rag. 105 x 75 cm
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