Two years after graduating from Manchester University with a BA
(Hons) in History of Modern Art in 1996, Zavier Ellis opened his
first gallery in London at the age of 24. Also an artist with a
Masters in Fine Art, Ellis has work in several renowned
international collections including Anne Lewis (Sydney, New
York), Peter Nobel (Zurich) and Helmut Schuster (Frankfurt,
In 2006 Ellis launched CHARLIE SMITH london Ltd, a curatorial
dealership specialising in young, contemporary artists.
Conceived as a platform for emerging to mid-career artists,
CHARLIE SMITH londonís priority is to present work with a
specifically curatorial emphasis at selected art fairs and
events as well as singular exhibitions at alternative venues,
both internationally and in the UK. Ellis is keen to promote
interrelations between artists, curators and galleries on a
global scale while maintaining a priority to show work in its
correct context and providing for progressively-minded
In 2007 Ellis established Ellis Rumley Projects Ltd with Simon
Rumley, and together they launched The Future Can Wait. This
year they have also co-curated exhibitions at Mark Moore
Gallery, LA and Changing Role Gallery in Naples & Rome. They are
also currently planning shows in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich as
well as discussing projects in LA and Hong Kong.
Ellis therefore has extensive experience of the contemporary
scene as curator, dealer, artist, collector and events organiser.
He is also currently writing his first novel, based on the
contemporary London art scene, and is on the selection committee
for the Vauxhall Collective art prize and is a member of the
Lambeth Academy Local Career Advisory Board.