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Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis was born in England in 1929 and came to New Zealand in 1957.

He spent his early years in compulsory military training in the RAF in the aerial survey division. His artist's eye was influenced by this prolonged exposure to a vertical perspective. He arrived in Auckland, bought his first car and became fascinated by roads and created his Motorways series (1963 -1974).

In the 1980's Ellis worked on another set of drawings depicting a sacred Maori hill, Rakaumangamanga. His most recent works include symbolic images that dominate the foreground over layered backgrounds that convey his strong conservationist ethic.

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