Scott Daniel Ellison is an American painter based in the Hudson Valley, in New York State.

He draws inspiration from multiple sources - starting with his time spent as a youth wandering the woods and isolated trails of rural New York - later, from photographers such as Diane Arbus and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, as well as horror films and early punk/gothic music and imagery.

Rattle Snake by Scott Daniel Ellison

His paintings depict obscured narratives with child-like fervour and imagination, driven by strange yet endearing characters that linger on the edge of becoming. His is a world of goblins, trolls, witches and forest creatures - often hiding in the shadows yet with tender vulnerability.

Their ghost-like presence speaks to the materialisation of memory, both personal memories of the artist and the collective memory of myths and ancient epics, of bedtime stories and campfire tales. Friendly faces with ambiguous intentions are given precedence, created with care, and made accessible.

Sea Witch by Scott Daniel Ellison

His simple style combined with complex layering makes these characters iconic, so much so that Ellison was selected as a featured artist by luxury French label Celine last year, emblazoning his creatures throughout the "Cosmic Cruiser" menswear collection 2021. You can also find his work on the album art of many Marionette record label releases. 

Scott Daniel Ellison | Julian Sartorius on Marionette

Ellison has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, in Stockholm and now Australia. He's been awarded several fellowships including the esteemed "Fellowship in Painting" by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work is held internationally in private collections.

Scott Daniel Ellison


10 AUG 2022 • DEA East Presents Scott Daniel Ellison: 10 Paintings
Sarah Norris for Sydney Broadsheet

18 OCT 2021 • Scott Daniel Ellison: “I Like Awkward, Uncomfortable Images”
Louise Benson for Elephant


We've been following Scott's career for many years, and we're thrilled to be able to present a selection of his work at DEA. 


24 JAN 2024 New Friends

After two previous sell-out shows, we have slowly been preparing a new body of Ellison's work. We are now excited to present 12 new paintings as our first exhibition for 2024. 

29 OCT 2022 • Tender Monsters

In a happy confluence of Halloween with the arrival of new work by Scott and new ceramic sculptures by Lihnida Krstanoska-Blazeska, our latest show is a celebration of our favourite monsters and a time to hug our demons.

13 AUG 2022 • 10 Paintings 

After being delayed for several years due to COVID 19, our long awaited solo exhibition of Scott's work was finally able to go ahead at our new gallery space at DEA EAST.