"Populating the work are many familiar cultural icons: Pacman and Ms Pacman, R2D2 and C3PO, A Gene Simmons inspired face and even a creepy hobo all remind you that Ellis will play with images that we all hold dear, bending them and amplifying their sexual intent."
"While jarring at times, Ellis’ paintings are not meant to provoke, so much as to spark a dialogue among viewers. Both playful and dark, via bits of familiar pop culture, Please Fuck Me explores various concepts and circumstances that collide within sex and sexuality."
"Ellis incorporates a pop art aesthetic that uses the visual language of advertising – putting ordinary moments and objects in the spotlight."
“Just this morning, waiting for the water taxi I realized I wouldn’t make it unless I acted fast. I bolted to a friends condo in the nearby Edge building and went both number one and number two in luxury. Thank God, I thought to call a friend. Major relief, although I felt bad ’cause it dawned on me I still had yet to return some of his Tupperware from a dinner party, after he had sent me home with some anchovies…Oh, ya, so lemme give you a tour of the studio.”
"Since those youthful days in Canada, David has grown a creative professional career that has had him wearing many hats: designer, actor, writer, musician, and artist. He’s played and recorded with numerous rock groups, has been featured in ad campaigns for Diesel Jeans, and has been photographed by Terry Richardson (to cherry-pick a few of his laudable achievements). "
"The work is playful, full of punch, in a flat perspective. I collect art myself and have for sometime gone by a simple rule of thumb. I only buy art, that I would be happy to look at on a daily basis. All of Dave’s work easily passes this test."
where to go: New Paintings by david ellis
Posted by The Brooklyn Paper | January 7, 2015
"When the Mafia proposes a prospect to be a “made man” it is said that “they opened the books for him.” While David Craig Ellis is not a Mafioso he did at one time own and operate a Pizza joint, and for that matter, was a regular at many Soprano’s cast events so I will run with this metaphor for better or worse. "