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Elly Smallwood  Toronto, ON, Canada


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About Elly

Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood moved to Toronto to pursue her love of art at OCAD University. She graduated with her BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2011. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Elly explains her work by saying, “I aim to break down my own personal boundaries and push myself to use abandon when I would normally use caution, to destroy those marks which I begin to hold as precious. These pieces are an exploration of the innocent and the grotesque; delicate figures become unnerving and soft colours are smeared across figures. In my works I see a twisted view of self, a visceral representation of how I view humanity, particularly in regards to my own body.”

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1 comment from the artist

"Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the support!"

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"I believe her art looks into more souls than we care to believe. Too many people are so despondent. I love her work and it so captures the humanity of today"

"Nice work, very well done. Though the unhappy expressions may make them more suitable for a gallery or museum instead of a office or home."

"this is beautiful..."


"is this a zombie princess"


"the art really searches into my soul and touches my heart"

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