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Elly Smallwood
🏫 EducationOntario College of Art & Design University
💼 Occupation
Known forPainting
MovementContemporary art
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Elly Smallwood is a Canadian artist who often creates large, figurative works in oil and acrylic paint.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Elly Smallwood was raised in Ottawa, Canada.[2] With the support of her parents, Smallwood began experimenting with many different artistic mediums early in life.[3] She moved to Toronto to attend Ontario College of Art & Design University.[4] She graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting.[4] She is currently based in Ottawa.[1]



Elly Smallwood's work depicts images of female sexuality and LGBTQ sexuality, often exploring imagery that has traditionally been attached to femininity, such as floral patterns.[5][6][2]


Her work has a painterly style, utilizing large, unblended brushstrokes and sometimes letting aggressive strokes of charcoal drawing and writing show through.[7] She often paints at a large scale, and has noted that the confrontational quality of larger pieces appeals to her.[2][5] Smallwood mixes all of her oil and acrylic hues from a limited palette consisting of the primary colors.[8]


Due to its themes of sexuality, Smallwood's work often garners intense reactions and has been considered controversial by some.[3] The artist reports that she has received threats of physical violence in response to her work.[3]

Smallwood's work mainly sells within the traditional gallery setting.[3] However, she has also accrued a large social media following, which has helped her work spread.[3][8]


Smallwood has been exhibiting her work since 2010 and has exhibited in Canada, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and across Europe.[2]

Major Exhibitions[edit]

In 2017, she had a solo exhibition at the Benjamin Eck Galerie in Munich.[6][9] That same year, Smallwood exhibited at the Massey Lyuben Gallery in New York.[1][5]

Smallwood's work was in three exhibitions, You + Me, A Collection of Favourites, and Small Works II, at the Navillus Gallery in Toronto in 2015.[1][10]

She had a solo exhibition, Bare, at the Goodfellas Gallery in Toronto in 2014.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Elly Smallwood | About". elly-smallwood. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Redekop, Joel. "Elly Smallwood, Exploring Human Emotion on a Grand Scale". Ottawa Life Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Artist Elly Smallwood Lets Curves Lead". Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Drawing and Painting by Elly Smallwood". Art People Gallery. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Elly Smallwood dipinge quadri NSFW pieni di sensualità |". Collateral (in italiano). 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Elly Smallwood". Wall Street International. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  7. "Elly Smallwood". Blanc Magazine. 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  8. 8.0 8.1 134851139863553; 134851139863553 (2017-02-08). "Visit the Toronto studio of art star Elly Smallwood". OCAD UNIVERSITY. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  9., 4th motion GmbH. "ELLY SMALLWOOD". Galerie Benjamin Eck München. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  10. KyleClements. "Small Works at Navillus Gallery | Kyle Clements". Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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