Born in Cornwall in 1965, Jason Ellis studied sculpture at the University of Chichester under Alan Saunders, a former student of Anthony Caro. Following his degree he spent 20 years as a sculpture conservator, firstly in London then in Ireland, having moved to Dublin in 1994. Stone became his master over the years and he began carving his own work, finally leaving conservation in in 2006 order to focus on his practice full time. Today, his sculptures feature in numerous public, private and corporate collections. Several commissions also exist in the public realm.
Ellis joined the Oliver Sears Gallery in 2011. He had his first solo show there is 2013 and in 2014 he was invited into the National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland. 2016 saw his second solo gallery show and his participation in both Sculpture in Context, Dublin and the RUA Annual Show, Belfast as an invited artist. In 2017 he exhibited at the RHA Annual Show in Dublin as an invited artist and the following year was shortlisted for the RHA/Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s Art Award.
In November 2019 he had his third solo show at the Oliver Sears Gallery. In 2021 he won an RCSI competition to produce ten versions of the Cameron Centenary Award for services to public health. His most recent commission was for the dePaor Architects retrospective at VISUAL Arts Centre, Carlow in May 2022.
He lives and works in Dublin.
Butler's Grove limestone 20 x 45 x 30 cm Unique, 2011
Shelly black limestone 15 x 85 x 23 cm Unique, 2012
Italian limestone 23 x 46 x 15 cm Unique, 2013
Connemara marble alabaster, bronze Ht 38cm, 2016