Eelus Portrait

Eelus /   Unknown

United Kingdom 1979


United Kingdom
March 18, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Eelus (b.1979) is a mysterious stencil artist. His work is often both beautiful and haunting, humorous and sinister, a daring mixture of light and dark. After moving to London 10 years ago, Eelus was almost instantly snatched up by master printmakers Pictures On Walls. 

Eelus started his commercial art career at the tender age of 9 when he started selling hand drawn pictures of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ for 5p plus VAT in the torturous playground of a Wigan primary school.

Eelus graduated to drawing various monsters and dinosaurs describing his college portfolio as “pretty similar to what you’d find under a serial killers bed”. After realizing his college tutors were wrong and there could be a chance he could make a living from painting pictures, he threw the towel in on his design career and hasn’t looked back since.
Now working from a spider infested shed in his garden in Hastings Eelus has been developing his style more on canvas than on walls for a while now.

However Eelus’s temporary absence from the streets hasn’t reflected his absence from the scene and in the last couple of years he’s taken part in a number of highly successful group shows in London, Bristol, Norway, Los Angeles and Atlanta as well as being asked to paint in Japan and New York. He’s produced work for leading London galleries, painted a canvas for Green Day and has worked and exhibited alongside some of the world’s best contemporary masters.

Eelus is a master of the modern, graffiti-led art world. He combines his background in design and illustration with images of sci-fi, B-movies, housing estates, girls and the bizarre. 

Eelus’s early works like ‘Chewbarber’ and ‘Shat At’ were heavily influenced by the movie Star Wars. He has also collaborated with 75 of the hottest underground painters, artists and designers on the Vader Project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.  

After moving to London fromEelus home town of Wigan he was inspired by the graffiti art he saw on the streets to take the work in his sketchbooks and display it to a wider audience. In 2006 he gave up his day job and is now working full time as a graphic artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Horrorshow Ink_d Gallery. Brighton, UKSolo
2013LA ContrabandBlack Apple Art. Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013Into the DarkVictoria Tunnels with Unit-44 Gallery. Newcastle, UKGroup
2013The Official Bad Robot Art ExperienceGallery 1988. Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013Write & RepeatStolen Space Gallery. London, UKGroup
2012CuriousBlack Book Gallery. Denver, CO, USASolo
2010Paradise LostBrooklynite Gallery. Brooklyn, New York, USASolo
2010The Colour Out Of SpaceBlackall Studios. London, UKSolo
2010Never Judge...?Stolen Space Gallery. London, UKGroup
2010Temwa Art for AfricaDreambagjaguarshoes. London, UKGroup
2010No Time Like The PresentLacoste Flagship store. London, UKGroup
2010Wide Open Walls – An Art SafariCurator and participant. Kubuneh Village, The GambiaGroup
2010L'Art UrbainAddict Galerie. Paris, France Group
2009Green Day – Art of RockStolen Space Gallery. London, UKGroup
2009MuTate ‘One Foot in the Grove'Under the Westway'. London, UKGroup
2008Electrik EelElectrik Sheep Gallery. Newcastle, UKSolo
2008Stella Dore Group ShowSebastian Guinness Gallery. Dublin, IrelandGroup
2008Cans FestivalLeak St Tunnel, Waterloo, LondonGroup
2007Cement Gallery LaunchAda St Gallery, LondonGroup
200712 Days of ChristmasThe Old Police Station. BristoGroup
2007The GrindFoundation One Gallery. Atlanta, USAGroup
2007Planet PatrolCargo, LondonGroup
2007The Vader Project9 venues worldwideGroup
2006Santa’s GhettoPictures on Walls. - London, UKGroup
2006NuartStavanger, NorwayGroup