Tim Ellis


I look at life through a cinematic lens with the view to telling stories. ”

Tim Ellis immortalises everyday scenes of Far Northern Queensland’s small rural towns with a hyper-focused brushstroke and digital rendering tools.

His large-scale paintings affectionately capture an eccentric panorama. Working predominately across painting and film, Ellis’s experience as an art director in the UK film and television industry informs his artistic practice. Ellis has lived in the Far North, working in creative leadership roles in Port Douglas and Mossman, since emigrating to Australia in 2005. He uses a film-framed aesthetic and approach to compose his paintings and experiments with common image and video editing applications to create digital artworks.

Ellis first studied art and design at the Winchester School of Art, UK and holds a Bachelors degree (with Honours) in Fine Art from Newport Art College, Wales before attaining a Masters degree in Fine Art from Jan Van Eyck Academie, Holland. He has worked as a sessional lecturer within the Creative Industries Department at James Cook University.


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Tim Ellis

Folk Stories

2 March — 18 April 2020


10:30 am — 2:00 pm

29 February — 29 February 2020


General Event

Bulmba-Ja Community Welcome Day

Come and celebrate the opening of Cairns' revitalised arts centre - Bulmba-ja. Bulmba-ja (formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts) is a theatre, gallery and creative development space that plays a vital role in the thriving Cairns arts scene. Bulmba-ja supports Far North Queensland arts and culture with a focus on showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal […]


6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

28 March — 28 March 2020

Opening Event

NorthSite Artists’ Party – POSTPONED

Following 18 months of renovation and transformation, we're home!!! New spaces and fresh faces with an everlasting commitment to creativity and community. The NorthSite Artists' Party brings the arts community together under this one roof again. The Centre of Contemporary Arts has been transformed by the State Government into Bulmba-ja - an inclusive new incubator […]