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Biography

Ellen Hausner in studio

My work changes and moves constantly, which is a reflection of my international background, my constant travels, and my personal quest. Born in New York City, I spent my primary school years in Asia and my secondary school years in Africa. After university in the USA, I lived ten years in Stockholm, Sweden before moving to Oxford, England, where I now live.

An active member of the Oxford art community, I am an elected Associate of Magdalen Road Studios (MRS), an artist’s cooperative in East Oxford; I was MRS’s Artist of the Month in January 2019 and August 2016. In 2018 I was selected as an Associate of OVADA, the Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency.

Various projects relating to the arts have augmented my artistic practice. I participated in an arts collaboration project between MRS and Shadowlights artists, who have learning disabilities. I was a studio assistant to Richard Hunt, an artist with Down’s Syndrome and a member of Shadowlights, during his residency at MRS. Our collaboration resulted in his winning the Shape Open 2017; a film about his residency in which I feature can be found here. Another major project was an exhibition I curated called As Above, So Below which ran alongside the Oxford University academic conference Art and Articulation: Illuminating the Mystical, Medieval and Modern; I also took part in an artist’s panel at the conference.

From 2003-2015, I was an assistant in conservation and restoration studios in Ireland, England, and Sweden, working with original artwork from the sixteenth century to the present.

Some of my work is currently on display at the Attic Gallery, Corfu, and Golden Bow Designs, Texas. My paintings, drawings, and prints are in private collections worldwide: in England, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Australia, and the USA (New York, California, and Texas).

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

2019: Featured in ‘The Art Edit‘ pages of House & Garden in their November 2019 Art Special issue.
2016: Magdalen Road Studios Artist of the Month interview.
2016: Dislocate exhibition catalogue.
2016: As Above, So Below exhibition catalogue interview.

ARTISTIC EDUCATION

Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, London, UK, 2012.
Studieframjandet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008.
The Art Students’ League, New York, New York, 1999.
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York, 1998.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 1995. Awarded the Incentive Award Merit Scholarship.
The Art Students’ League, New York, New York, 1983.
Private tutorship under Lee Barslaag, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1975 -1983.