Ellen Mitchinson’s work explores the infinite mutability of the human body. Throughout the 20th century, figurative art created by male artists enhanced the attention of female purpose and representation. Without the understanding of being a woman the concept of a distorted view became physical. Mitchinson’s work pays homage to the inaccurate ideals of females within art, offering entities that are both familiar and abnormal, allowing the body to become a construct of an object with its ability to reform.

Through strong influence of the surrealist movement, the work aims to create illusional fragments of a human replica with misinterpretation often attached. Working with a variety of styles, Mitchinson uses oil paint as visually demanding sectional representations, to reclaim the female figure in art. The changeability of the bodies within the work’s layers explores a chosen censorship between what is seen and what is hidden.


Ellen Mitchinson, originally from Dunfermline, is a working artist residing in Glasgow. Graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2020, Mitchinson has since been awarded the RSA John Kinross Scholarship, the SSA New Graduate Award, and the John Milne Purvis Prize for ‘outstanding painting and drawing’.