Zavier Ellis
Two years after graduating from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in
History of Modern Art in 1996, Zavier Ellis opened his first gallery in
London at the age of 24. Also an artist with a Masters in Fine Art, Ellis
has work placed in several renowned international collections including
Peter Nobel (Zurich) and Anne Lewis (Sydney, New York). In 2010 Ellis has
exhibited at Paul Stolper Gallery in London with Damien Hirst, Peter Blake,
Simon Periton and others; and at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg with
Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jannis Kounellis,
Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Antoni Tapies and others.

Ellis launched his most recent project, CHARLIE SMITH london, in 2006 as a
curatorial dealership specializing in young, contemporary artists, and
opened a gallery space in Old Street in October 2009. Elliss approach is
collaborative and curatorial with an emphasis on work that challenges,
seduces, confronts and consoles. Beauty, death, horror, sexuality, the
psychological and mythological are core interests. The overall aim is to
discover and promote vital artists and introduce them to local and
international markets, creating a global synergy for like minded and
progressive artists, collectors, galleries and curators.

Throughout his career Ellis has become recognised for his ability to
identify rising talent at an early stage. Artists that Ellis has exhibited,
having identified them directly at art college shows include Jennifer Allen,
David Blandy, Oliver Clegg, Simon Cunningham, Tessa Farmer, Sam Jackson,
Monica Ursina Jäger, Annie Kevans, Peter Jacob Maltz, Nika Neelova, Sarah
McGinity and Douglas White, all of whom have gone onto achieve
great success with galleries and collectors and many have begun to work with
international museums.

Ellis therefore has a broad and extensive experience of the contemporary art
scene as gallerist, curator, artist, collector and events organizer. After
the success of The Future Can Wait, Zavier has co-curated shows at Mark
Moore Gallery (New London School) in Los Angeles, Changing Role
Gallery (The Past Is History) in Rome and Naples, and Galerie Schuster (New
London School) in Berlin. Zavier is also a committee member for the XV
Vauxhall Style Council Collective.