Whimsical Etchings from Spain – Welcome Mariann Johansen Ellis!

Mariann Johansen Ellis - The Perfect Spot

“I love stories, they are not only what we are,

but who we are going to be”.

 Kindergallery adores the divine, detailed and dreamy prints from Danish Artist Mariann Johansen Ellis. Based on the coast of Spain and accomplished not only as an artist but a teacher too, Mariann creates exquisite prints for children and young hearts, weaving stories together with her loveable characters, vivid colours and whimsical dreamlike settings. A bunch of creatures aboard a boat, a hot air balloon floating through the night sky, a magical old daisy tree on a hill or a stack of loveable little elephants are just some of the pictures you might expect to see in Mariann’s Kindergallery collection.

“It is important for me to tell a story in each print, or rather, give you the opportunity to explore the stories that you see in the images. Storytelling is one of the great traditions of mankind, and I can remember vividly listening to the adults around me as a child. My images are meant to be heirlooms, that your children will hand down to their children, bringing with them their own memories of the stories told to them’.

Indeed, elements of Mariann’s own joyful upbringing on her grandparent’s farm by the sea can be found peppered throughout her works, demonstrating to us the wonderful, omnipresent nature and hold of our childhood memories. Mariann’s colourful adventures as a grown up also inform her work, from her years living in Europe, South East Asia and Australia – creating, exhibiting and teaching with great passion.

Etchings are handmade original prints, each image being etched with a fine point onto a copper plate with the help of acid. Once the plate is etched, each plate is inked up by hand and printed with an etching press onto special printmaking paper. This of course means that each print is unique, and that there can be small differences from print to print. This is what makes etchings originals, rather than mass produced prints. The inks used in the etching process are inks especially made for printmaking, and are totally light resistant.

Each etching is an edition. This means that the number you see in the left hand corner, for example 2/40, tells you that this is the second edition of a print of forty. After the edition has been completed the print is deliberately scratched so that it cannot be used again. This wonderful process creates beautiful results – the splendour of which never ceases to delight when the etchings are experienced in their tangible form.

Kindergallery’s collection consists of small, medium and large etchings by Mariann, with a range of works bound to capture both your imagination and your heart. We hope that you will enjoy exploring Mariann’s collection below, and that you may even find ‘The Perfect Spot’ in your nest to delight in one of your own!