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Elise Hurst (born 1975)

"They blew me away. They are timeless" – Michael Foreman, November 2023

Elise Hurst was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. Her grandparents were English and so she recalls being ‘raised on a diet of Enid Blyton, Celtic Mythology and BBC programmes’. Other early influences include her grandfather and mother, both keen painters.

Elise Hurst trained traditionally as a fine artist herself yet found the genres of still life and landscape painting less engaging. She was more drawn to portraiture and the characters that come with it, so she turned her hand to illustration where her imagination could flourish.

While growing her career as an illustrator, she began a series of personal works, executed in either oils or finely detailed pen, in a vintage alternate reality.

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