Presenting a new short film created in partnership with Frieze, documenting the parallel practices of dunhill Creative Director Mark Weston and American photographic artist Ellen Carey.

One of the world’s most influential art fairs, Frieze London focuses only on contemporary art and living artists. Sharing our values of integrity and community, Frieze champions the most exciting artists working today – from the emerging to the iconic. With a legitimacy that resonates beyond the art world, it was a natural choice to partner with this preeminent organisation to tell the story of Mark and Ellen’s creative collaboration.

Exploring how Weston and Carey came to work together on the dunhill Spring Summer 2022 collection, ‘IDENTITIES’, the film dissects the concurrent themes that link both creators’ work. Connecting digitally from either side of the Atlantic, Mark was immediately drawn to Ellen’s curious approach to process, experimentation, and discovery. With the freedom to reinterpret pieces from her existing catalogue, the collaborative result sees selected works applied to dunhill silhouettes, punctuating the collection with bold, colourful prints.

“PROCESS AND ITS POSSIBILITIES ARE AN ON-GOING FASCINATION FOR ME, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUSTING INSTINCT WHILE EMBRACING THE ACCIDENTALS. THE PAINTERLY COLOURS, PATTERNS AND TEXTURES THAT RESULT IN ELLEN’S WORK REMINDED ME OF SIMILAR TEXTILES AND TREATMENTS I WORK WITH. IT JUST SEEMED LOGICAL TO ASK HER TO WORK WITH US AT DUNHILL – AND IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT SHE AGREED.”

MARK WESTON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Known for her experimental approach to lens-based art, photography and technology, Carey investigates minimal and abstract images using a large-format Polaroid 20 X 24 camera – one of only five in the world. Her photogram work is darkroom-based and camera-less; it parallels her Polaroid less-is-more aesthetic. Both practices subvert the photograph’s conventional status through the innovative exploration of light, exposure, and paper.

These limited edition Ellen Carey x dunhill pieces, comprising ready to wear, sneakers and accessories – including the new era Lock bag – launch in full from February 2022 as part of our Spring Summer 2022 collection.

Frieze London Art Fair 2021 runs from 13th-17th October in Regent’s Park.