While the Wallace Collection in London is famous for its rich collection of classic paintings, armours, porcelain, erotic drawings, sculptures and furniture, the British institution has also been engaging with contemporary art for over a decade. Dialogues with contemporary artists contribute to view the permanent collection through a different angle, and that’s exactly what Tom Ellis is trying to achieve with the presentation of new installations and paintings – which will be unveiled in September. Ellis has spent the last four years working in the space and creating new paintings.
His artistic practice places paintings and furniture side by side, to create parallels within the gallery space. Combining both furniture and paintings, Ellis explores concepts of public and private spaces, archicture and connections between pieces of furniture. The show offers a new perspective on how to present artworks, and invites the viewers to moments of contemplation, what the French call “rêverie“.