SAATCHI ART

featured in the Celebrating Cartier-Bresson: Black and White Photography Collection on Saatchi Art

featured in the Celebrating Cartier-Bresson: Black and White Photography Collection on Saatchi Art

Featured in the Celebrating Cartier-Bresson: Black and White Photography Collection on Saatchi Art.
Curated by Bridget Carron, Associate Curator and Art Advisor at Saatchi Art.

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FINE ART – EXHIBITION – OLD SCHOOLHOUSE GALLERY, CORTES ISLAND

The Last Stand exhibition invitation

 

The last operating one-room schoolhouse in British Columbia stands here on Cortes Island and, while of course not in operation as a school anymore, is now converted into a beautiful art gallery. I’m proud to have my new series The Last Stand open today here in my hometown…or island.

 

The Last Stand
2014

Statement

As a youngster on Cortes Island, in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, I walked daily through the woods to catch the school bus, passing by remnants of the old growth forest. These giant looming stumps, peering through the second growth trees as far as I could see, seemed an ominous presence. They remain so.

Five generations of my family have been a part of the forest industry in British Columbia from falling old growth trees and clear cutting to contributing to local sustainable harvest initiatives and environmental responsibility. My great grandfather and great uncle, in providing for their families and future, fell many of the actual trees whose remnants you now see in these photographs.

It was in this familial context, filtered through the contemporary environmental crisis and thoughts of my responsibilities in that regard, that the seeds of this series were sown.

As this project began these iconic remains of the old forest first served as a meditation on the human-altered landscape but soon evolved into a metaphor for the natural world that supports me, the contemporary globalized culture I am an active part of and the essential incompatibility of the two.

The cognitive dissonance arising from this dilemma of participation in, and yet responsibility for, the fouling of one’s own nest was a dominant theme guiding the creation of these photographs. This discomfort resulting from holding two conflicting beliefs or ideals, and perhaps more importantly where it leads one, remains a key motivator in my work.

Although the pattern of progress and disaster has been repeated throughout human history, the urgency I now feel in our globalized world is one of scale…a scale said to be so vast, perhaps nearing a point of no return. No doubt evolution is progressing as it should, which brings some measure of comfort, yet I cannot help but feel apprehension for the life my family will lead in the not-too-distant future.

CATS…AGAIN

advertising photograph for petcurean on the guardian from vancouver photographer david ellingsen

The campaign that keeps on keepin’ on.

FINE ART – SEALIFE – “EDITOR”S PICK” ON LENSCULTURE

SeaLife on Lensculture. Contemporary art photography project on the environment,  the ocean and the creatures within.

CORPORATE ADVERTISING – SILVER WHEATON ANNUAL REPORT

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NEW WORK AT TORONTO’S ART INTERIORS GALLERY

New work at Art Interiors Gallery, Toronto

See new work at Art Interiors Gallery, Toronto

PORTRAITS – CHELSEA

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FINE ART – INTERVIEW – HIBERNUS

Short interview with Hollyhock's Greg Osoba about the Hibernus photographs.

Short interview with Hollyhock’s Greg Osoba about the Hibernus work.

A very short interview here on Cortes Island about the Hibernus series with Hollyhock’s Greg Osoba.

FINE ART – NOW REPRESENTED BY MONTREAL’S PRINT ATELIER

David Ellingsen's fine art prints at The Print Atelier

David Ellingsen at The Print Atelier

I’m proud to announce new fine art representation after recently partnering with The Print Atelier.

MORE TREVOR LINDEN…

Trevor Linden for Vancouver Magazine

Trevor Linden for Vancouver Magazine

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