Theo Ellison is a visual artist whose work confronts the continual tension between our desires and internalised ideals. Delving into the relationship between human behaviour and aesthetics, his imagery works to expose our vulnerability to the power of the image. Underpinning this is a recurring friction that simultaneously indulges in and questions the voyeuristic aspects of visual representation, where the distinction between observation and voyeurism is no longer apparent. Using references to art history as recognisable points of contact, he looks to construct scenarios that blur the line between attraction and repulsion in order to deconstruct our relationship to the image.
Ellison graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London; Quad Gallery, Derby; and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.