Mark Elliot-Ranken

has been an artist and art educator both nationally and internationally for 40 years. His work is included in collections in Singapore, USA and Australia. Email: markelliotranken@yahoo.com.au

Being There

Being There
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Green Space

Green Space
oil on canvas 153 x198 cm

Galapagos

Galapagos
180 x 180 cm acrylic on canvas

Gethsemane

Gethsemane
acrylic on canvas 140 x 180 cm

Dark Angel

Dark Angel
acrylic on canvas 180 x 150 cm

Rimlands

Rimlands
acrylic on canvas 1 m x 2 m

Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers
1.5 x 1.5 m acrylic on canvas

Snow Dragon

Snow Dragon
1.2 x 1.2 m acrylic on canvas

Tracks

Tracks
1200 x 1200 mm acrylic on canvas

Fugitive Memories

Fugitive Memories
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Salt and Iron

Salt and Iron
1.4 x 1.8 m acrylic on canvas

Affinities

Affinities
Affinities 120 x 120 cm acrylic on canvas

Dark Landfall

Dark Landfall
acrylic on canvas 125 x125 cm

Kodoko

Kodoko
acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

White Study

White Study
White Study 60 x 60 cm acrylic on canvas

Salt River

Salt River
acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Salt Ground

Salt Ground
180 x 150 cm acrylic painting on canvas

Ariadne's Thread

Ariadne's Thread
Acrylic and ink on paper

The Dry Country

The Dry Country
50 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas

Threads Artist talk

Threads Artist talk

Blue Study

Blue Study
25 x 30 cm acrylic on canvas

Threads solo exhibition at Disorder Gallery

“Suppose you came as an explorer into an unknown country with a language quite strange to you. In what circumstances would you say that the people there gave orders, understood them, rebelled against them and so on. The common behaviour of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.” Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations


Wittgenstein's words inspired Mark Elliot-Ranken's latest series of abstracts, varied in scale, subject matter and in the unique approach of Mark's distinctive visual 'language'.

According to Mark “To do as Wittgenstein asks us to do, that is create or at least try and interpret that ‘unknown language’ especially in regard to the terrain of our inner world is to pick up the threads of our own self…that which makes ‘our-self’. Such a language is a tool for exploration rather than simply communication.”

Mark Elliot-Ranken's Threads opens Thursday June 6th from 6-8pm and runs through Saturday June 22nd at Disorder Gallery corner Stanley and Bourke Street Darlinghurst.

Tao

Tao
1 x 1.5m acrylic on canvas

Ochre Study

Ochre Study
25 x 30 cm acrylic on canvas

The Incident

The Incident
1 x 2 m acrylic on canvas

The Swan and Leda

The Swan and Leda
acrylic on canvas 1.5 x 2.5 m

Sign and Portent

Sign and Portent
acrylic on canvas 1m x 1m

Untitled

Untitled
50 x 70 cm acrylic on canvas

Signature

Signature
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Salt Country

Salt Country
60 x 60 cm acrylic on canvas

Skin Deep

Skin Deep
acrylic on canvas 1200 x 200 mm on consignment Graphis Art and Framing

Black Horse Country

Black Horse Country
acrylic on canvas 2 metres x 1.4 metres

Shadowland

Shadowland
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Trace and Transience

Trace and Transience
Acrylic on canvas 130 x 150 cm

Lightning

Lightning
acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Response

Response
100 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas

Liminal Trace

Liminal Trace
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Salt Narrative 2

Salt Narrative 2
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Touch and Trace

Touch and Trace
122 x 152 cm acrylic on canvas

Now and Tommorrow

Now and Tommorrow
acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Big Industrial Painting

Big Industrial Painting
acrylic on canvas 180 x 180 cm

Flag

Flag
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Luminous

Luminous
180 x 180 cm

Bamboo

Bamboo
acrylic on canvas

Jade

Jade

Edge of the Known World

Edge of the Known World
'Edge of the Known World' maquette by Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith

Points of Departure

Points of Departure
Points of Departure installation by Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith at University of Sydney

Random Acts

Random Acts
installation variable dimensions

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim's Progress
Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith's entry to the 2017 Harbour Sculpture prize in Woolwich

The Navigators

The Navigators
Art on the Greenway installation, dimensions variable

Erasure

Erasure
acrylic on canvas

Smithrankenart Studio

Smithrankenart Studio
Art by Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken

Sold Works

SOLD WORKS - THE PAINTINGS BELOW ARE SOLD. Commissions are available on request.

Inversion

Inversion
150 x150 cm

Infinite

Infinite
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Southwest by West

Southwest by West
acrylic on canvas 150 x 220 cm

Secret

Secret
acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

The Written Word

The Written Word
140 x 180 cm acrylic paint on canvas

Ancestor Boat

Ancestor Boat
1.5 x 3 metres acrylic on canvas

Testament

Testament
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Snake Dancing

Snake Dancing
acrylic on paper 450mm x 600mm

Inflexion

Inflexion
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

The Norns

The Norns
100 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas

salt and Ice

salt and Ice
1.5m x 1.5m Acrylic on canvas

Limitless

Limitless
acrylic on canvas 145 x 200 cm

Resurgence

Resurgence
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Convergence

Convergence
150 x 150cm acrylic on canvas

Salt Shore

Salt Shore
1.5 x 1.5 cm acrylic on canvas

Deep Blue

Deep Blue
1.5 x 1.5 m acrylic on canvas

Dark Harbour

Dark Harbour
130 x 130 cm acrylic on canvas

Variant

Variant
acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Whale Song

Whale Song
acrylic on canvas 1.5 x 1.5m

Yunnan

Yunnan
acrylic on canvas 140 x 140cm

Salt Trace

Salt Trace
120 x 120 cm acrylic on canvas

Immersion

Immersion
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Dark Horse Evocation

Dark Horse Evocation
acrylic on canvas

Revelation

Revelation
150 x 150 cm acrylic on canvas

Saltlands

Saltlands
acrylic on canvas 1.6 x 1.8 m

Reducto 4: The Salt Sea Road

Reducto 4: The Salt Sea Road
160 x 180cm acrylic on canvas

Aqueous

Aqueous
120 x 120 cm acrylic on canvas

Salt

Salt

Salt Road

Salt Road

Salt Seas

Salt Seas
180 x 180 cm acrylic on canvas

Secret Country

Secret Country
160 x 180 cm acrylic on canvas

Oct 6, 2012

Aesthetic Transgressions show at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Aesthetic Transgressions 
exhibition of new imagery from Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown  www.smithrankenart.com

Aesthetic Transgressions at Chrissie Cotter Gallery is a two person exhibition of painting and photo media from October 10th to 21st October. Mark Elliot-Ranken and Bernadette Smith are artistic partners now based in Sydney. They spent many years living and working overseas where the influence of travel and diverse cultural experiences have found expression in an expanded sensibility. Both contemporary artists share an affinity although their aesthetic processes differ. Meet the artists in person and share in their creative insights.



Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken’s work has seen a steady refinement towards a minimalist aesthetic concentrating on surface, language and the exploration of space. His current works are large enigmatic canvases with a restricted palette concentrating on the act of painting and the ongoing creation of visual language exploring the terrain of the sub-conscious. Mark sees his work as dynamic expressions of space explored through the language of poetic mark-making. “This is the language of liberation - a state we all need to obtain to live rather than simply exist.” says Mark Elliot-Ranken.

Bernadette Smith MFA investigates the sensual depths of impasto surfaces and the viscous fusions that can occur through oil painting. Her paintings follow a finely honed aesthetic exploring the materiality of paint and surface structure where skeins of paint are pushed and pulled to reveal their quintessence.  In her experimental photography she plumbs psychosocial depths as imagery emerges out of the shadows into light. In both art forms Bernadette explores the core embodiment of the media. “Form becomes content representing synthesis in this process-based art research. The traces that remain are like an alchemical residue.” says Bernadette Smith.

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