Ellen Tovey was born and raised in Rural Somerset , now painting from her studio in East London.


2001- 2004   Falmouth College of art – Fine art Degree, Graduated with First class Honour’s

1997- 1999   Strode College – National Diploma in art and Design

Selected Exhibition History


National Open Art competition – London

Royal West Academy show – Bristol

Olympic Village Exhibition – London

Murmurations – joint Exhibition with Le Roy Harris – Bow arts , London

1000 postcards Exhibition – Black Swan , Frome

The Affordable art fair – Battersea Park, London


Open studios – Bow Art’s – London

Olympic Village exhibition, London


Collective – west bank gallery, London.

The Royal institute of oil painters – The Mall Galleries, London

Collective show – Stour space, London


Wake – solo show – Stour Space, London

Drawn – Royal West Academy, Bristol

Being Woman exhibition – Being Human Warehouse, Frome

Seed Gallery – Black Swan, Frome


Small exhibition – Black swan, Frome

Joint exhibition with John Robinson – Open studios, Frome

Mono no ware Exhibition – Bo Lee Gallery, Bath


The Affordable art fair – Hampstead Heath, London

Shadow side – Bo lee gallery, Shoreditch London

Frome festival – open studios, Frome


The Holborn Portrait prize – Chapel Row Gallery, Bath

Joint show – In the The Mill at Rode, Rode

Solo show – Somerset art weeks, Glastonbury

Solo show – Frome festival Open studios, Frome

Open competition – Black Swan Gallery Frome


Open competition – Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

Figuratively speaking – group show Atkinson Gallery, Somerset


Joint Exhibition – Strode Theatre, Street


Cann Art Festival – Prizewinner Webster Award

Open competition, commended Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

Open exhibition – Royal west Academy, Bristol


London Inspired Art Fair – Spitafields, London

Solo Show – Somerset Art Weeks, Glastonbury


Published in Celeste Art prize catalogue

Group show – Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

Group show – Arts Way Gallery, New Forest

Open exhibition – Royal West Academy, Bristol


Jamaica Street Open Studios, Bristol

Group show – Chalk House Gallery, St. Ives

Falmouth College – Degree Show, Cornwall


Open competition – Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

Falmouth College – mid-stream show


Group show – Atkinson gallery, Somerset


Solo Show – Strode Theatre gallery, Street

Open Competition – Atkinson Gallery, Somerset


Windsor and Newton Award – Royal institute of oil painters, The mall Galleries, London.

Cann Art Festival – Webster Award

Atkinson Gallery – First place prizewinner

Atkinson Gallery – commended

Three times Short-listed for the BP portrait awards.


2012     Artist in residency – Gillingham school Wiltshire

2009 -2011 Exhibition steward, assistant to curator – Black swan gallery, Frome


Private commissions have made up a large amount of my working studio practice.

I have completed numerous portrait and landscape commissions each year from 2004 – 2016.

I have also painted book covers and album covers.