Original Fairytales & Folklore Mythology Pop Surrealism Imaginative Realism Dark Fantasy Big Eyes Detailed Textures & Sensory Experiences Curious Creatures Expressive Women Vibrant Face Paint & Intricate Ornamentation Nature & Floral Motifs Portraiture Illustration
FAYBEL (Ellie Nesbitt) is a self-taught digital painter, gallery and cover artist. She currently resides in the Great Lakes lowlands of Ontario, Canada.
Her digital paintings are sensory symphonies: textures distilled from acute tactile experiences and melodious memories, extrapolations of her heightened-sensory life on the autism spectrum.
FAYBEL’s digital portraits feature compelling expressive eyes, at times quite large, with surrealist flare. Her painted works derive from tales that sing of peoples and creatures from uncanny realms and misbegotten places. From a collection of original narratives, she laces her fantastical characters with careful brushwork into digital colour spaces.
Addled by severe osteoporosis and multiple compression fractures, Ellie uses the digital medium for meditative and expressive release. In the supine position, she paints with a suspended monitor, engaging steadfastly with those who enjoy her creations and follow her journey on social media (Instagram).
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Big expressive eyes introduce the viewer to the dynamic personalities of FAYBEL’s (Ellie Nesbitt) fairytale characters, while detailed textures evoke sensory experiences beyond the visual form.
Nature and floral motifs, colourful face-paint and intricate ornamentation are infused with vibrant palettes with fervent reference to mythology and folkloric elements.
Original fairytales with notes of strange sci-fi to the dark fantastical are underpinned with characters, intricate magical objects and curious creature companions in artist FAYBEL’s (Ellie Nesbitt) digital portrait works. Whether from the tale of an animate undercity dwelling rag doll and her suspect baking overlord or the narrative of an android princess from a realm interred in the gullet of a sleeping kaiju-like monster, these uncanny paintings are a glimpse into themes of friendship, devotion and endurance in FAYBEL’s (Ellie Nesbitt) collection of unpublished original fiction narratives expressed through contemporary, (pop) surreal, imaginative realism and (dark) fantasy art styles.
FAYBEL’s (Ellie Nesbitt) works have been published in notable magazines, books and online sources including Infected by Art Book Vol. 11 (prepublication), Marvelous Art Magazine, Marvelous Art’s Top 50 Artists to Watch in 2022 & 2023, Bourbon Penn Issue 28 and Infected by Art Book Vol. 10.
Awards and Acknowledgements
Selected for Inclusion: Infected by Art 11 for “Little Wolf”
Inspirational Entry: Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize for “The Covenant of the Rose”