Born in 1985, Ed Elliott was highly creative from a very early age. His formal studies began with a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire, in Cheltenham before going on to study at the Cardiff School of Art & Design, in their leading contemporary Sculpture department of that time, and graduating with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art: Sculpture in 2008.
Working closely with a Cardiff Gallery and his late mentor - who was renowned for his work behind the lens - Ed was selected for his first international exhibition in New York City during his second year of University.
Ed became one of the founding members of the former artist collective BRG (British Racing Green). The collective over time developed from being a non-geo specific arts collective into an artist-led research group that specifically focused on collaboration and synergy.
Shortly after university, a pivotal moment occurred when a piece of work was sold to his first art collector: an experience and endorsement that gave him the confidence to continue making the art he wanted to create, and he hasn’t looked back since.
In 2010, Ed travelled across nine countries to embark on a post-graduate apprenticeship in New Zealand, another experience that helped shape the man and artist he is today.
Next, he was selected for an Artist Residency back in the UK the following year that was taking place at a rural artspace in Wales. This project hosted ten artists from different backgrounds, and initiated an interesting dialogue between rural and urban art. He has continued to work full time as an artist since his return.
Ed Elliott’s first large scale public piece of work was commissioned by The National Trust for their ‘Angel Garden’ sculpture exhibition at the Mottisfont Estate in Hampshire. This was his second large recognisable ‘Greer’ Angel sculpture, carved from large sections of a London Plane tree sourced from the Estate. This impressive piece of work was an over life-size 4ft crouching figure, supporting a 14ft wingspan. This celebrated work received national acclaim, was visited by more than 15,000 people in two months, as well as being seen on BBC News and featured in The Times. The work sold to a prestigious collection in the UK, including work by Antony Gormley, Thomas Heatherwick and Elisabeth Frink.
Recognised for his large-scale ambitious pieces, Ed was selected for two more projects with The National Trust for further Public Commissions at Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire, UK and then the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, UK.
Ed has since completed two Public Garden commissions in London, showcased his work 40 floors up in the Southbank Tower and launched one of his large-scale pieces in the ‘Angel series’ at the Chelsea Waterfront in 2018.
His celebrated large scale ‘Greer, Guardian Angel’ piece received the award for ‘Sculpture of the Year 2020’ at the Cotswold Sculpture Park and was then the feature piece in the Winter Sculpture Exhibition at RHS Rosemoor in Devon, UK.
With a vast experience in privately commissioned works, Ed rises to the challenge of working with the qualities of each location to realise the aspirations of individual owners who wish to enhance a specific space. Ed enjoys the opportunity to work closely with his clients and create bespoke projects for indoor and outdoor settings.
Exhibiting widely across the UK and abroad, his large-scale figurative work has attracted nationwide attention in the UK with public work in six counties. Ed Elliott’s work is collected globally and his growing Bronze collection as well as original work is becoming more and more sought after by art collectors all over the world.