“I paint intuitively without really knowing where I’m going until I get there or until the painting begins to suggest what it may become-for the most part the paintings seem to stem from my childhood spent in the countryside and my lifelong interest in the mysterious, terrifying and the supernatural” Although Ellison is no stranger to experimentation, what sets Texas apart is the painted surface has been pushed beyond the restrictions of two-dimensions, and transformed into a menacing bas relief. Inspired by the grinning mask of Leatherface from the 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ellison moves his bold graphic sensibility and dark humor into new directions.
Scott Daniel Ellison has shown both nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited at ClampArt, NY, NY ; Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX; University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME; the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Monya Rowe Gallery, NY, NY; Galerie Dys, Brussels, Belgium and Carl Berg Projects, West Hollywood, CA. Ellison has been awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and a solo show at Pulse Art Fair in Miami. His first monograph Iowa, Ohio, was published by Schilt Books in 2014, and a second book, Witch Hazel, was published in 2016 by ClampArt. His work has been featured in Dazed, Esopus Magazine, High Snobiety, Oxford American and other art-related journals and publications.