Heather Jane Ellis

Artist Statement

Heather Jane was borne in Mt Eiza Victoria. Following school in Melbourne nursing training       later was invited to teach crafts which continued for 17 years. In spare time Heather started exhibiting her ceramic pieces. First exhibited in late 1970’s. In 1982 she discovered that bronze suited her work and subject matter.

Acquisitions and Commissions

2016   ‘Spoonbill’ Coolart Bird Sanctuary.

2011 ‘Peace’ Flock of 21 doves Remembrance Garden Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

2003 ‘Egret’ (life size) ‘Graham Pizzey Memorial’ Coolart Bird Sanctuary.

2002 ‘My Fiend’ ‘Joan Law Smith Memorial’ Como House.”

2001 ‘Mother and Baby Dolphin’ Queenscliff ferry terminal.

1999 Groups of girls and boys depicting scholastic pursuits. ‘Music, Art and technology

1997 ‘Mother and Baby’ St Vincent’s Private Hospital Entrance.

1995 Bronze Crucifixes for foyer and individual wards the new St Vincent Public Hospital.

1991 ‘Morning Flight’ depicting a flight of Ibis Coolart Reserve.

1991 Golfing figures in 1891 dress Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

1990 ‘Pan’ Carey Grammar School.

1988 ‘Platypus’ presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II when she opened the Victorian Museum

during her visit to Australia for the bicentenary.

1988 ‘Wednesday’ Three school girls, Lauriston Girls School.

1987 ‘Trust’ Life size bronze in the grounds of the Royal Children’s Hospital

1981 ‘School Girls’ Four life size figures at entrance of Lauriston Girls School.

Various family portraits.

Five musicians (maquettes) Launceston Grammar School.

‘Startled Heron’ Elgee Park

‘Picking Roses’ Shoreham Park.

Other private collections in Australia and overseas including USA, Canada, France, Germany,

Russia, UK and Hong Kong.

Represented in Regional Galleries at Hamilton, Mclelland and Naracoorte.


Exhibitions Awards and Recognition

Five awards including ‘Loyd O’Neil award’ for best exhibit in any medium. Wild Life Art

Society exhibitions 1984 to 1990.

Three highly commended certificates. .Victorian Art Society. 1988 to 2012.

MSWPS: Contance Wu Art Prize 2012, Danks Trust Award 2013.

Exhibited in small and large group exhibitions since 1979