Behind the Scenes “Magical Circus of Dreams”
by artist Ellie Hesse
These is a series of open edition prints of paintings that form part of a collection of 8 large works in a series entitled “The Magic Circus of Dreams” by artist Ellie Hesse.
Ellie Hesse explains that the reference to a circus is not meant as literal but rather as a metaphor for a mental space we can enter into, leaving our daily concerns behind us and experience another dimension. A different reality, where the horse represents our connection to our own vital energy, passion and spirit.
The acrobats, only faintly visible in the paintings, do not exert any form of control over their steeds but rather move over the horses as if riding the waves of the sea, with lightness, harmony and joy.
In the creation of this collection of paintings, the artist was inspired by the circus paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and chose to include pieces of collage from vintage French newspapers dating back to the early 1900s.
A feeling of movement and energy is evoked by the gestural, loose style of drawing visible in these highly original, mixed media pieces.
Ellie has given us more insights how she got inspired. Please watch the video or just read the story.
Hi, welcome to my Magical Circus of Dreams Collection of paintings. Well today, I would like to share with you some of the creative processes I have used to produce these paintings. I actually started off, by picking eight large wooden panels that I eventually used in a real circus tent that I created myself, a circus tent installation. On these wooden panels I layered pieces of collage. Some of the collage is actually from old French newspapers that I chose to evoke a little bit of the French atmosphere of Toulouse-Lautrec’s circus paintings that I am so inspired by. Over these collage pieces I then painted quite bold colours. The bold red paint of the circus ring is very apparent in the paintings. Then the horses themselves are drawn with charcoal in a very loose and gestural style, hopefully evocative of the energy and the movement of the horses in the circus ring. In the act of creating these paintings, I almost felt I was in the tent with the horses myself. I could actually feel the energy. I felt so very uplifted by the process of creating the horses themselves, almost as if they were representing my own vitality and creative forces. I sincerely hope that this collection will be equally uplifting, to you the audience. If so, I would love to share with you my brand new collection of fine art prints that beautifully reproduce the vibrancy and atmosphere of the originals.