Ellen Harvey is a British-born conceptual artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work frequently pairs traditional representational aesthetics with seemingly antithetical post-modern strategies, such as institutional critique, mapping, appropriation and pastiche to explore diverse but related issues such as the political meaning of ornament, the ecological implications of the picturesque and the relationship between art and nostalgia.

She is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Yale Law School and Harvard College and attended the Berlin Hochschule der Kunste in Germany. She is the recipient of numerous awards including most recently a Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

She is the author of New York Beautification Project and her work has both been included in and been the subject of numerous books and monographs. She has completed many large-scale public artworks and has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her work has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, the Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Bass Museum, Miami Beach, the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia and the Whitney Museum at Altria, New York, among others. Her upcoming exhibition The Tourists: Ellen Harvey and J.M.W. Turner will open at Turner Contemporary, UK this year and then travel to the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria.