Eleri Mills lives and works in rural Mid Wales, where she was born and brought up. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including the Museums of Modern Art Kyoto and Tokyo, Museu Textil d’Indumentaria, Barcelona and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid.
In 2011 she won the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Wales Ambassador award followed by a three month residency in New York at Columbia University and a showing at SOFA NYC (the international art fair for Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) at Park Avenue Armory.
Eleri has exhibited with Ruthin Craft Centre at Collect, the international art fair organised by the Crafts Council, firstly from 2004 to 2008 at the Victoria and Albert Museum and most recently in 2017 and 2018 at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Her work is featured in national collections which include the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
She is an elected member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and her work has been represented by the Thackeray Gallery, London since 2000.
“Landscape has remained at the heart of my work from the beginning – there are often mythic and cultural associations in my mind as I create, whether the inspiration is my familiar ancestral landscape here in Mid Wales, or a distant far off landscape such as the Himalayan foot hills I recently encountered during a residency in India. These can be real or imagned places – landscapes of the mind – landscapes without borders….
My instinct has always been to embrace different materials and methods i.e. painting, textile and printmaking traditions and enjoy working in all these areas. However, I regard the process or medium as incidental in the end, as it is the content of the work which is my main concern.
The recent series of ink drawings on paper, challenge me in terms of scale, technique, emotional content and tempo. In these works I am representing a layered landscape, and a sense of belonging to a place. There are risks involved when working with ink with no room for error – my concern is always dealing with balance and rhythm. It is an intensely physical and gestural process…..a form of choreography and personal mapmaking which celebrates an old familiar landscape.”
“… Eleri Mills stands alone as poet painter. Eleri records her love of her native land and she records it with great sensitivity and talent: for she is a superb draughtsman and this is at the heart of all that she does. In her art Eleri Mills has a voice which is seldom heard, for it is a tender voice and far removed from the cacophony of the art world today.”
Sir Kyffin Williams RA