b. Raleigh, North Carolina, 1971
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Collaborations
  • New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA. “Constant Flow
  • Webb's, Auckland, New Zealand. “Oxblood
  • Red Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. “Dawn's Early Light
    curated by Matthew Mascotte; catalogue essay by Carlo McCormick (pdf - o o o o o o )
  • Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Motion Paintings
  • Rice University Gallery Houston, TX. “Conversation” (site - o o )
2005 Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY. “Orchestrion
  • Lump Gallery Raleigh, North Carolina. “Boars Head / Wars Head” ( o )
  • 222 Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Beat Box / A Painting is a Drum” ( o )
2003 Agnes B Homme, New York, NY. “Request Line
  • Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY. “Like the Motion of Water
  • Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. “David Ellis
  • Tidal, Osaka, Japan. “Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love
  • Gas / Dyezu Experiment, Tokyo, Japan. “Roots, Branches, and Leaves
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. “Inner/Outer Space”, Curated by Dara Meyerss-Kingsley
  • Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. “Transformers
  • Publico, Cincinnati, OH. “2003-2008
  • Publico, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Music Show” ( o )
  • Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina. “Good & Thuggy
  • Space Gallery, Portland, Maine. “Salvage + Assemble
  • Monkeytown, Brooklyn, New York. “Live Scores
  • South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina. “Motion Barn
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Casita
  • ResFest, International film festival. “Letter to the President
  • P.S. 1 / MoMA, Long Island City, NY. “Greater New York 2005
    (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Robert Nikkas, Amy Smith-Stewart with catalogue)
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. “GADGET: Mechanics and Motion in Contemporary Art
    curated by Matt Distel; Orchestrion installation exhibited alongside Fernand Léger and George Antheil's “Ballet Mechanique, 1923-24
  • Savannah Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia. “Digital Cotton” (curated by Matthew Mascotte)
  • SPAZIO P4 Milan, Italy “Urban Edge
  • Atlantic Avenue Artwalk Brooklyn, New York “360
  • MoMA QNS, New York. “Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love
  • AIGA Move Conference, New York, New York. “Barnstormers Selected Films
  • NADA Art Fair, Miami, Florida (under the auspices of Jessica Murray Projects)
  • Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York. “2004 Studio Artists: 9X
  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii. “Psych-Opus, and B-Stormers Mural
  • South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina. “Motion Paintings
  • Urbis Museum, Manchester, England. “Ill Communication
  • Jessica Murray Projects, New York, New York. “Grotto 2
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Beautiful Losers”, Aaron Rose ( site )
  • Studio Number 1, Los Angeles, California. “Compost, Doze Green and David Ellis
  • Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, California. “Unseen Messages
  • Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, North Carolina. “Hive Mind Sound System
  • CWC Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. “Smudge Good
  • Galerie Du Jour, Agnes B., Paris, France, “NYC Now
  • Cuchifritos, New York, NY. “Bazaar
  • Punch Gallery, San Francisco, California. “Coast to Coast
  • Res Fest, International film festival. “Letter to the President
  • Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan/ “Apostrophe
  • Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, “Live Painting with John Ellis Quintet
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Art Nights
  • Apart, London, England, “Streetwise One
  • Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY, “Grotto
  • Ex'Realm, Tokyo, Japan, “Final Modification 001
  • Lance Fung, New York, NY, “Painting is Dead... Or Is It?
  • Bronx Museum, Bronx, New York, “One Planet Under a Groove
  • Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, “No Condition is Permanent
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “San Francisco, California, Rappers Delight
  • Downtown Arts Festival, New York, New York, “The Art of Breaking
  • P.S. 1, Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY, “Clocktower Show
  • Kent Gallery, New York, NY, “Vox
  • 2000 Downtown Arts Festival, New York, New York, “Cirk and Watching Paint Dry
    Selected Public Projects
    2005 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, “Bound
    2003 Altoids Sponsored Wall of Fame, Brooklyn, New York
    • The Number 9, The Letter 0, and Zero”, Sesame Street
    • Mother Mural, London, England
    2000 GSSA, Osaka, Japan, “Mural and Gourd-Speaker Installation
    1996 Village Vanguard, New York, New York, “Mural
    • The Spitune Juice Project”, Walls and trucks throughout the greater New York area
    • Barnstormers Barn Painting Project”, Cameron, North Carolina
    • B-boy Floor Mat Roto-Relief and Video Project”, Bronx, New York
    • Theory Icon Project, New York, NY David Ellis - Flyway
    • The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (upcoming, February 08)
    • Metal, Liverpool, United Kingdom (upcoming, Summer 08)
    Selected Bibliography
    • Art Review, Future Greats Issue, March 2008 by Mark Rappolt
    • Jim and Karla Murray, Burning New York : Graffiti NYC, Ginko Press
    • SHAFT: David Ellis & Doze Green (San Francisco: Fifty24SF)
    • Tactile - High Touch Visuals (Die Gestalten Verlag)
    • BLK/MRKT Gallery 2 by Jana Des Forges & Dave Kinsey. (Die Gestalten Verlag)
    • "David Ellis" by Joey Garfield. (Juxtapoz magazine, March 2007)
    • Visionaire Sound Issue
    • Irene Shum, "David Ellis" Greater New York Book, P.S.1 / MoMA
    • Christopher Chambers, "David Ellis/ Jessica Murray Projects" Flash Art, November-December 2005
    • "David Ellis/ Jessica Murray Projects," Tema Celeste, November/December 2005
    • Heartney, Eleanor, "Report from New York 1..." Art in America, June/July 2005
    • Kimmelman, Michael, "Youth and the Market," New York Times, March 18, 2005
    2004 Chang, Alexandra, "Urban Improv..." Art Asia Pacific, March, 2004
    2002 Glickman, Adam, "Disobedients," Tokion Magazine, April 2002
    • Garfield, Joey, "Barnstormers," Tokion Magazine, June 2001
    • Erickson, Emily, "Color Coded," ArtForum, May 2001
    2000 Turner, Grady, "Barnstormers," Flash Art, Summer 2000
    1998 Smith, Roberta, "Brooklyn Haven for Art..." New York Times, Friday, Nov. 6 1998
    1994 BFA, Cooper Union, New York, NY

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