Born in England in 1929, Robert Ellis is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London and began exhibiting his work publicly during that time. He served for two years in the RAF during World War II, and after teaching in Somerset, arrived in New Zealand in 1958 to take up a lecturing post with Auckland University School of Fine Arts, where he continued his career, retiring as an Emeritus Professor in 1994. A contemporary artist, he held over 60 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows during thoise years.
Robert Ellis is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1979 of 475, of which 330 (69%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $159,850 for Motorway Journey sold by Art+Object in May 2023. This year 29 works have been offered for sale. Works by Robert Ellis are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).
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