Blanche Ellis

Born in London, I love to travel, but am now living back where I grew up, in Camden Town.

My great love is drawing from life. I draw, scenes, crowds and portraits on public transport, capturing a moment and a movement. Self taught and fascinated by faces and gestures, my studio is most often the London transport system.

Because of this I tend to work in a fast and fluid way which feeds into the, almost always, figurative drawings that come from my mind. Drawing, dancing and music feel akin to me, the arc of a line is the gesture of the body and the sign of a melody. My figurative work often plays along the line of abstraction and I find many of my bodies in a state of metamorphosis.


I’ve also set up and worked on live illustration and community art projects experimenting with writing, symbols and visual language. I’m fascinated by how images and words run together and alongside, and by the writing that patterns our public and private spaces. I am a great lover of handwriting and letter writing. These things in turn, all feed back into my work.

Please contact me if you have any comments or questions about my work, prints, commissions or collaborations!

To view work see the galleries.

Thank you for visiting






Recent Posts

Strange Familiars on Market Day…

Really looking forward to a return to market-life this Wednesday at Baxter Stores Christmas market where I’ll be selling Christmas cards, art prints, originals and framed work…. pop in to get ideas for art-gifts as the inevitable season approaches.

Find many of these things in my Etsy shop

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This guy might be appearing  in an exhibition soon, at 14 Bacon St, with the other Strange Familiars

If they don’t wander off the market stall on Wednesday that is!





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