My name is Ella Bril, I am a dutch painter. I currently live in a Amsterdam. I make large-scale paintings which are often figurative and inspired by people who I encounter in my everyday life. I recreate them on canvas in their own realm, sometimes staring out at the viewer and other times gazing softly into an undefined space. The figures appear alone or in groups, and are surrounded by expansive planes of bright color, abstract imagery, and heavy gestural marks. Themes of nature, movement, and color also surface in my work.
In ways, these figures and their surroundings are rooted in both reality and imagination. The elements of my compositions merge together to form a space that resembles our world but remains slightly elusive. I often think about why we as humans navigate our lives the way we do—what makes us do something or not do something. Humans are fascinating, beautiful, wise, and frustrating; I explore this intrigue through my visual language. I channel both the positive and negative in my paintings; the atmosphere of the final works can be ambiguous, full of both recognizable yet distant imagery.
I bring these characters to life with bold colors and play with perspective. For example, decorative elements in the background are often pushed forward to a place of significance beside a figure, and the dramatic colors I use sometimes serve as subjects in and of themselves.
2023 | The Story of Us | Virtual exhibition | Visionary Projects | NYC
2023 | My True Nature | Solo show | Nationale8 Gallery | Brussels
2023 | MAZA #3 | Group Auction | Madrid
2023 | Group show 'Women's Day' | Fosbury & Sons | Amsterdam
2023 | Opening Group Show | Mees van de Wiele Gallery | Ghent
2023 | Eve Presents Number Three | Eve Leibe Gallery | London
2022 | Auc Art
2022 | Double Dutch duo exhibition | Galerie Mees-Van De Wiele | Belgium Aalst
2022 | Plasticity | GALERIA AZUR | Madrid
2022 | Vision of Figure | Badr El Jundi Gallery
2021 | As in Façade Group Exhibition | Janet Rady Fine Art
2021 | LEVENSLANG Group Exhibition | Lokaal Lokaal Amsterdam
2019 | Group exhibition | Sexyland Amsterdam
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