Ellie Yannas in the studio over the years
Ellie Yannas was born in Istanbul and educated in Athens. She studied Painting at Chelsea School of Art and, later, trained in Performance at Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Advanced Theatre Practice) and at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

After 32 years, during the lockdown, Ellie moved from 401 ½ Studios in Stockwell, to a purpose built studio in Battersea, not far from the RCA. At that same time, teaching and other academic activities came to an end so she could, for the first time since art school, concentrate on painting.

She started using oil paint and wax, painting on canvas rather than board, and the work became more fluid and painterly. Her work, while still concerned with personal memory and loss, is a response to the anxieties and trauma experienced by many in these troubled times, in war zones, or in climate change disasters.

Ellie has worked for a variety of private, corporate and public art clients on projects and commissions, and her work is found in collections in England and abroad.