X-Y R. Clarke Ellis

Painted Steel
72 × 10 × 17 inches
182.88 × 25.4 × 43.18 cm

Bold, clean lines and vivid colours attract the viewer’s eye to this minimalist sculpture by Robert Clarke-Ellis. The Toronto artist creates expressive pieces forged out of steel. The stick-like figures in bright red and yellow suggest an association with the X and Y chromosomes that determine the biological sex of an individual. “The interaction (internal dialogue) between the sculpture and the spectator becomes at once personal and universal. This becomes the beginning for a new dialogue, event, or memory.” Clarke-Ellis He has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). He began his career as an instructor at NSCAD before completing a degree in education from Queen's University.

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