Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School. He has lived in London since 1998.
Zavier is the founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH london, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in the heart of Shoreditch that specialises in showing and representing emerging to mid-career artists. He is also co-founder and co-curator of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which is currently organised in partnership with Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations. THE FUTURE CAN WAIT is the largest exhibition of its kind globally.
Zavier has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome; and has placed work in many notable private collections globally including the Saatchi Gallery, Peter Nobel, Jean Pigozzi, David Roberts and Thomas Rusche. Known as an acute talent spotter Zavier has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists directly from Art College including Steven Allan, David Blandy, Oliver Clegg, Tessa Farmer, Sam Jackson, Monica Ursina Jäger, Annie Kevans, Alexis Milne, Nika Neelova and Douglas White.
Zavier also collects and maintains a studio practice, and as such has exhibited in recent years at Paul Stolper Gallery in London and Museum der Moderne in Salzburg. His work is featured in many private collections including the Peter Nobel Collection.www.charliesmithlondon.com www.zavierellis.com
Simon Rumley founded the auspicious New London Kicks in 2005. An annual show sponsored by the oldest and largest art fair in the US, The Armory Show, and art Bible, Art Review. New London Kicks promoted contemporary and emerging artists in New York in collaboration with Soho House NY and Wooster Projects, featuring some of the country's top emerging young artists such as Gordon Cheung, Stella Vine and Katie Moran. After the success of this, he was invited to curate shows in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Rome and Berlin. Most recently, Simon co-curated a show at the Torrance Art Museum.
Simon is also one of the UK's most prolific independent film directors whose films have premiered in festivals such as Toronto, SXSW and Rotterdam. Sight & Sound called him "one of Britain's most important and intelligent film-makers.' Films include: Red White & Blue and the infamous horror anthology The ABCs of Death. Simon is currently shooting his first 'Hollywood' feature, a curse movie based on true events, The Last Word, in Louisiana.
In 2007 together with Zavier Ellis, Simon established Ellis Rumley Projects Ltd, and in 2007 launched THE FUTURE CAN WAIT - the UK's largest annual survey show of London based emerging artists.www.simonrumley.com