Samantha Ellis Fox (Northern Irish: b1969) has long since been one of the leading artists in the North West where she has an easily recognisable style. Samantha has been predominantly known for her oil based landscapes but her work has shifted over the last three years towards drawing and portraiture. She has sold her work world wide and recently had a highly successful solo exhibition with the Hambly & Hambly Gallery “A Broken Beauty” where she truly shone in showing the viewer the high level of artistic ability across portraiture, drawing, landscape and abstraction.

In 2021 Samantha Ellis Fox exhibited at the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries London.  In 2019, Samantha has had work accepted at three Royal Art Academies; The Royal Hibernian Academy, 189th Annual Exhibition, Dublin, Royal Ulster Academy 138th Annual Exhibition, Belfast and The Royal Scottish Academy, 193rd Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh.  In 2022 Samantha’s work was accepted at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London where she was overall regional winner for Northern Ireland.  Her work is held in private and public collections including that of the Office of Public Works and the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel.   Her work has also been recently included in The Public Catalogue Foundation “Oil Paintings in Public Ownership”.  Over the “Lock Down” period Samantha was involved in Portraits for Heroes initiative,and the “The Drawing Box” initiative where she created five A5 small pieces on paper and these have travelled together with other international artists worldwide including New Mexico, Australia, Lithuania, Scotland and Belgium.  A large drawing on paper has also travelled to Mumbai, India for exhibition there.  

Samantha’s portrait work is mainly based around the young female child, where innocence, obstinance and fun abounds.  A moment captured.

“With my portrait work I want to create an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject.   I have made the decision to concentrate on a single figure with an empty background both for the simplicity of the visual effect and because it forces the viewer into an immediate dialogue with the subject.  A figure becomes timeless when their environment is removed.   I want to focus the viewer’s gaze on the subject so that they can allow themselves an emotional reaction to what they see; possibly recognizing & remembering the child in themselves!  To look upon a single figure creates a dynamic between the viewer and subject that becomes much more intimate.  Having a figure in an empty space can create mood without being a distraction”.

A selection of Samantha’s work is currently available exclusively through Hambly & Hambly.
All enquiries to:

Dunbar House
143 Lough Shore Road
Enniskillen BT74 5NW
Northern Ireland
Tel +44 (0)7808010327

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