Zavier Ellis

Artist / Collector / Gallerist / Publisher

Biography

CV

Education

2003-2005MA Fine Art (Painting)City & Guilds of London Art School
1993-1996BA (Hons) History of Modern ArtUniversity of Manchester

Professional Experience

2007-presentFounder and DirectorCHARLIE SMITH LONDON
2007-2017Co-founder and DirectorEllis Rumley Projects
2006-2007Founder and PartnerCHARLIE SMITH london
1998-2006Founder and PartnerClapham Art Gallery

Exhibitions: Curated

2018Transcript (with Hugh Mendes)CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2017In Memoriam Francesca LoweOld Truman Brewery, London
2017Part III: InteriorityCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2017Part II: The Turning WorldCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2017Part I: Street SemioticsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2017Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2016Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London & Griffin Gallery, London
2015Black PaintingsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2015THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley)Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
2015Das UnheimlicheCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2015Die English Kommen! – New Painting from LondonGalerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt
2015Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London & Griffin, Gallery, London
2014Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson)B1, Victoria House, London
2014Cultus DeorumSaatchi Gallery, London
2014The Great WarCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2014Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London & Griffin, Gallery, London
2013Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson)B1, Victoria House, London
2013Das UnheimlicheVOLTA09, Basel
2013The Order of ThingsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2013Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London & Griffin, Gallery, London
2012Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson)B1, Victoria House, London
2012Polemically Small (with Edward Lucie-Smith)Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham
2012The Id, the Ego and the Superego (with Marcela Munteanu)Galerie Braubachfive, Frankfurt
2011THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small (with Edward Lucie-Smith & Simon Rumley)CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2011Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley & Rebecca Wilson)B1, Victoria House, London
2011Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London & Griffin, Gallery, London
2011Polemically Small & 3 Worlds in 1 (with Edward Lucie-Smith)Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipeda
2011THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small (with Edward Lucie-Smith, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley)Torrance Art Museum, Torrance
2010THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley)Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2010Young GodsCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2010New British Painting (with Pilvi Kalhama)Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki
2010PapyrophiliaCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2010DemonologyCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2009Future or RuinCHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London
2009THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley)Old Truman Brewery, London
2009New London School (with Simon Rumley)Galerie Schuster, Berlin
2008THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley)Old Truman Brewery, London
2008Hugh Mendes: an existential itch (with Simon Rumley)Old Truman Brewery, London
2008The Past is History (Part 2) (with Simon Rumley)Changing Role Gallery, Rome
2008The Past is History (Part 1) (with Simon Rumley)Changing Role Gallery, Naples
2008New London School (with Simon Rumley)Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles
2007THE FUTURE CAN WAIT (with Simon Rumley)Old Truman Brewery, London
2006New Figurative RealismClapham Art Gallery, London
2005Young Gods edition IIIClapham Art Gallery, London
2005Hand in Hand we Walk AloneClapham Art Gallery, London
2004Young GodsClapham Art Gallery, London
2004Forever BeautifulClapham Art Gallery, London
2003Young GodsClapham Art Gallery, London

Exhibitions: Consultant

2011Video in Britain Today (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith)Bermondsey Project Space, London

Exhibitions: Artist

One Person
2014Type 1 Zealotry (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith)Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London
2000New PaintingsClapham Art Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018The DiscontentsBermondsey Project Space, London
2018Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus (Fiona Robinson & and Nathalie Levy)Royal West Academy, Bristol
2018Face Value2Old Truman Brewery, London
2017In Memoriam Francesca LoweOld Truman Brewery, London
2017Political GesturesGalerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt
2017Expressive GesturesGalerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt
2017Back to Basics: Text (curated by Artemis Potamianou)ENIA Gallery, Pireas
2016Black Paintings (curated by Heike Strelow)Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt
2016Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part III (curated by David Hancock)Dean Clough, Halifax
2015Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part I (curated by David Hancock)Paper, Manchester
2015An OdysseyTorrance Art Museum, Torrance
2015Cult of the Concrete (curated by Alexis Milne)Joey Ramone Gallery, Rotterdam
2014The Opinion Makers 2Londonewcastle, London
2014Cultus Deorum (curated by Zavier Ellis)Saatchi Gallery, London
2014Cathal Smyth: A Comfortable Man (curated by MC Llamas)Wilton’s Music Hall, London
2014WATCHMEN: Surveillance and The Flâneur (curated by Max Presneill and Lisa DeSmidt)Torrance Art Museum, Torrance
2014Stations of the Cross: Above and BelowSt Marylebone Parish Church, London
2013First Come First ServedLion and Lamb, London
2013London AbsraktGalerie BRAUBACHfive, Frankfurt
2013Macmillan De’Longhi Art AuctionRoyal College of Art, London
2013I Love You Because (curated by Chloe Mortimer & Harry Pye)A-side B-side Gallery, London
2013Photo & PrintCharlie Dutton Gallery, London
2012AlterVEGAS, London
2012Contemporary VisionsBeers.Lambert Contemporary Art, London
2012The Impossible HeapGalerie8, London
2011London International (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith)Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipeda
2011The Future Can Wait presents: Polemically Small (curated by Zavier Ellis, Edward Lucie-Smith, Max Presneill & Simon Rumley)Torrance Art Museum, Torrance
2011Polemically Small (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith)Garboushian Gallery, Beverley Hills
2011Stockholm Syndrome (curated by Alexis Milne)Studio B3.2, London
2010Rizing Stars of BethnalhemHigh Roller Society, London
2010PressArt: Die Sammlung Annette und Peter NobelMuseum der Moderne, Salzburg
2010The Term “Reality”Paul Stolper, London
2008Kappelmeister Pulls a DoozySeven Seven, London
2008Swap MeetRaid Projects, LA
2007Dorian Gray Project: Happy Days (curated by Infinity Bunce & Katherine Lubar)John Jones Project Space, London
2006Obsession (curated by Robin Mason)Sartorial Contemporary Art, London
2006Wish You Were HereA.I.R. Gallery, New York
2006The Mouse That Roared (curated by Kieron Dennis)Project 133, London
2006The Circus Show (curated by Marcus Cope & Stephanie Moran)Three Colts Gallery, London
2005Young Gods edition III (curated by Zavier Ellis)Clapham Art Gallery, London
2003100 Sale of the CenturyThe Arts Theatre, London
2003Gallery Artists 2002-2003Clapham Art Gallery, London
2003100Studio Voltaire, London
2002SV OpenStudio Voltaire, London
200014×14Mafuji Gallery, London

Collections

Julian & Stephanie Grose, Adelaide
Werner Grub, London
Ann Lewis, Sydney / New York
Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich
Soho House, London
Private collections in Denmark, France, Germany, United Kingdom & United States

Bibliography

2016‘PressArt: Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel Vol. II’, Stämpfli, 2016 (ISBN 978-3-7272-1459-2)
2011‘London International’, Catalogue, Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipeda, 2011
2010‘PressArt: Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel’, Stämpfli, 2010 (ISBN 978-3-7272-1134-8) 

Publishing

2016‘John Stark’s DoL Po’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2014‘100 London Artists: Volume 2’, iArtBook with Edward Lucie-Smith 
2014‘Young Gods’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2013‘100 London Artists: Volume 1’, iArtBook with Edward Lucie-Smith 
2013‘The Future Can Wait’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2012‘THE FUTURE CAN WAIT’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2011‘The Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2011‘Apiculture – John Stark’, Exhibition Catalogue 
2008‘THE FUTURE CAN WAIT’, Exhibition Catalogue 

Selection Committees

2015-presentLondon Art Fair, London 
2020RWA Annual Open, Royal West Academy, Bristol 
2018Emerge, United Kingdom 
2016Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winner Eva Masterman 
2015Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winner Beatrice Haines 
2014The Other Art Fair, London 
2014Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winners Florian Heinke & Ben Woodeson 
2013Griffin Art Prize, London 
2013Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winner Robert Crosse 
201220/21 London Art Now, Lodge Park, Cheltenham 
2012Griffin Art Prize, London 
2012Outside the White Cube, Bermondsey Project Space, London. Winner John Williams 
2012Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winner Eric Manigaud 
2011Anthology, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Winner Tom Ormond 
2009Vauxhall Collective Style Council, Whitstable Biennale, Whitsable. Winner Katie Paterson 
2008Vauxhall Collective Style Council, Hayward Gallery, London. Winner Matthew Darbyshire 

Lectures, Seminars & Symposium

2018Professional Art Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London 
2018Aesthetica Magazine – Future Now Symposium, York 
2015Curatorial Practice, The Arts University College at Bournemouth 
2014Professional Art Practice, The Arts University College at Bournemouth 
2013Professional Art Practice, Griffin Gallery, London 
2013Demystifying the Gallery System, King’s College, London 
2013Professional Art Practice, The Arts University College at Bournemouth 
2011Professional Art Practice, The Arts University College at Bournemouth 
2009Professional Art Practice, City & Guilds of London Art School 
2008Professional Art Practice, City & Guilds of London Art School 

Bio

Zavier read History of Modern Art at Manchester University (1993-1996) before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School (2003-2005). He lived and worked in London from 1998 before moving to Windsor in 2015. Zavier is the founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in the heart of Shoreditch that specialises in showing and representing emerging to mid-career artists. He is also co-founder and co-curator of the 10-year project THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, an independent museum-scale exhibition that was initiated to support emerging to mid-career artists. THE FUTURE CAN WAIT was the largest exhibition of its kind globally and was organised in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations between 2011 and 2014. Zavier also curates an annual exhibition called Young Gods, which is his personal selection of London graduates and postgraduates.

Zavier has curated exhibitions internationally including in Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome; and continues to place work in notable collections globally. Known as an acute talent spotter Zavier has identified and exhibited a number of important young artists directly from Art College who have gone on to considerable success with galleries, museums and collectors.

Zavier also collects and maintains a studio practice. He has exhibited widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London.

In 2014 Zavier published his first iArtBook 100 London Artists with renowned art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith.