Joshua Ellenberg Art CV and Biography

Joshua Ellenberg is a Melbourne based Artist and Educator, Born in Melbourne 1972
Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University B.F.A (Sculpture) 1994
Monash University Grad.Dip.Ed. (Visual Arts) 2003


Ellenberg has held exhibitions in Australia and Internationally and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Unites States of America. Joshua has achieved widespread recognition for the immediacy of his art and his unique and distinct abilities in two and three dimensional art making. Be it drawing, sculpting, painting or digital printmaking, his command of tachism, crosshatching, composition, colour and extraordinary technique involving new and dynamic material have created work that is expressive and engaging.


Ellenbergs work explores through originality and imagination artworks that are truly complimented by his sensitivity to the ‘face’ as a vehicle for expression, tolerance, understanding and individuality. The female faces are instantly accessible, emotional and captivating while transcending age, race and ethnicity to reveal the visage of true beauty and the human experience. It is through the various manifestations- the obscure and untouched- the worked and detailed- the delicate balance of abstraction and figuration that creates these portraits. Employing a variety of media and techniques to produce these most intense and seductive faces that immediately grab and hold the viewers eye.


“I prefer to paint through design and accident, paint stroke and drip spill. The mixture of different solvents, inks and paints helps produce the most delicious gradients and unpredictable crawling’s.”
Ellenbergs drawings are expressionistic and often use surreal imagery. They dance the line between beauty and the grotesque. Fine art mixed with graphic design, the ink works provide a comedic and sometimes personal response to the world. Ellenberg has created a universe and dimension in which these characters and objects born of imagination, art and science fiction


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2015 Without Peir Gallery Bay Rd Cheltenham Melbourne
2013 Mu’uMu’u Heaven Gallery, Kailua Hawaii USA
2011 Smart Artz Gallery, Alfred Pl, Sth Melb, Melbourne
2007 Alafia Gallery Ormond Rd, Elwood, Melbourne
2002 Delshan Gallery High St ,Armadale, Melbourne
2000 Delshan Gallery High St Armadale Melbourne
1999 Sika Contemporary Gallery Ubud Bali Indonesia
1996 Jackman Gallery Gray St, St.Kilda, Melbourne
1995 St. Martins Gallery St Martins Lane, South Yarra, Melbourne
1995 Emerald Hill Gallery, Bank St, Sth Melb, Melbourne

Collections
BHP Petroleum Melbourne Australia
Soundfirm Melbourne Australia
Monash Visual Art Department (Clayton Campus) Melbourne Australia
Various private collections USA, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Australia