Five questions to Ele Pack

Five questions to Ele Pack

Ele Pack was born in London in 1969. She now lives and works from her home studio, in the Peak District, UK. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art ( painting ).

Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

Since I was a child I’ve felt the need to express myself through colour. For me, both colour and mark have always been intrinsically linked to emotion. As an adult I gravitated to painting, striving to create a visual language that firstly helps me connect to myself, and to others.

When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?

In the studio, I begin with music, as an attempt to inhabit a flow state, detached from the conscious mind. My aim is to create an intuitive and organic process, that is joyful, sensory and free.

What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?

My studio is in my home which allows me to work whenever I want. This is a freedom that I love, integrating my art and my life. The studio has large glazed doors with far reaching views, giving a beautiful light, and a great sense of connection to the natural world. We have lots of trees in our garden, and I can always hear the birds singing.

Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?

I saw a Giorgio Morandi exhibition at The Estorick Collection, in London. These small paintings were so intimate and the colour relationships were so beautiful and resonant. It was an emotional experience.

On a much larger scale, I love the work of El Anatsui and Jacob Hashimoto's. A few years ago I travelled to Verona to see his amazing exhibition at Studio La Citta.

Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?

I want to continue to make glorious shimmering paintings, that convey an emotional beauty, humanity and truth. That create moments of intimacy and connection.

I’d also like to develop my relationships with European galleries, and continue to find collectors for my paintings all over the world.

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