Ptolemy Elrington – Artist’s biography and work
Ptolemy was born in the south of England but grew up in the north. He studied art and design to degree level at Bradford and Ilkley Community College in the mid-eighties. He has travelled extensively and has worked at a variety of jobs including theatre set and stage design and construction, large scale community art sculptural projects and all whilst pursuing his own artistic agenda.
He concentrates on creating sculpture of natural forms from found and re-cycled materials which include shopping trolleys, scrap metal and car wheel trims which he re-shapes into a variety of life forms. All the hubcaps are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. I believe these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate.
He has exhibited several times in London, also in Brighton, Haslemere, Rutland, Salisbury, Scotland, Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Greece. He currently lives and works in Brighton.
Ptolemy Elrington’s artwork for Gyosei
Ptolemys’ work for Gyosei is also made from re-cycled materials. Using one of the themes of the Art Trail – insects and invertebrates, he has transformed redundant and abandoned materials into a creature found around bodies of water especially canals. Shown resting on a pole but seen against the sky, it replicates the light and delicate form of a beautiful dragonfly.