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David Ellingsen

b. 1969, Campbell River, BC, Canada

Lives and works in Victoria, Vancouver and on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

David Ellingsen is a Canadian photographer and environmental artist creating images of site-specific installations, landscapes and object studies that speak to the natural world and Man’s impact upon it. Employing different photographic techniques for each of his thematic series, Ellingsen acts as archivist, surrealist and storyteller as he calls attention to the contemporary state of the environment both directly and through subversive commentary about our consumerist society. As both a conceptual and humanistic photographer, Ellingsen’s images engage questions around the transience and temporality of existence and his thematic subjects are marked by simplicity, empathy and a wounded sense of humanity’s fate.

Ellingsen’s photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, the Dana Farber Cancer Centre at Harvard University and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and have been shortlisted for Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award, awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and First Place at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles.

Ellingsen began his artistic career studying the craft of photography at a trade institute, through apprenticeships and then working as a freelance editorial and advertising photographer with clients that included the New York Times Magazine, Mens Journal, CBC Radio Canada, Telus and MTV/Nickelodeon. Simultaneously, Ellingsen was exhibiting his personal artwork within public and private galleries in Canada, the USA, and Asia and lectured at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Langara College and
the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts where he still lectures on a regular basis. He continued this hybrid path for 12 years and then in 2013 focused fully on his artistic practice.

Ellingsen lives and makes his work in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, moving between Victoria, Vancouver and the farm where he was raised on the remote island of Cortes.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS | SELECTED

2016 Anthropocene, Winchester Gallery (upcoming) Victoria, BC David Ellingsen,  Winchester Gallery Victoria, BC
2015 The Last Stand, Initial Gallery, Capture Photography Festival Vancouver, BC
2013 SeaLife, British Columbia Law Courts Vancouver, BC
2012 SeaLife, Beaty Biodiversity Museum Vancouver, BC
          Hibernus, Akasha Art Projects Toronto, ON
2009 Hibernus, Galerie BMG Woodstock, NY
Hibernus, Camerawork Gallery Portland, OR

TWO + THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017 The Sublunary World, with Meryl McMaster and Tim Shaw, The Baldwin Gallery
(upcoming)
London, UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS | SELECTED

2016 Intervals: Photography in Flux, South Main Gallery, Capture
Photography Festival
Vancouver, BC
2015 Environmental Photographs of the Year, Royal Geographical Society London, UK
2013 Enviromythology, Initial Gallery Vancouver, BC
Photography and Environmental Concern, PhotoPlace Gallery Middlebury, VT
New Year, New Works, Massey Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC
2012 Victoria: Art Collections from the Region, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC
International Photography Awards Best of Show, Smashbox Studios Los Angeles, CA
Sea Inside: Design, Culture and Marine Ecology, Emily Carr University Vancouver, BC
2011 Imprint, Luz Gallery Victoria, BC
Vancouver/Vancouver, Works from the Rick Erickson Collection, Gallery 1965 Vancouver, BC
Kodachrome in Bloom, Luz Gallery Victoria, BC
Elements of Water, The Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, CO
2009 Future Imperfect, Lishui International Photography Festival Lishui, China
Arbor, (online exhibition) Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, USA New York, NY
2008 Boundaries (with artist Michael V. Smith), Kelowna Art Gallery Kelowna, BC
Coastlines, Trunk Gallery Vancouver, BC
2007 Art+ 5, Onepointsix Gallery Vancouver, BC
Tickle Trunk (with Michael V. Smith), Jeffery Boone Gallery Vancouver, BC
2005 25x1, Lumen Gallery Vancouver, BC
Art+ 4, Onepointsix Gallery Vancouver, BC
2004 Vancouver, Exposure Gallery Vancouver, BC
Accrochage II, Aion Art Gallery Vancouver, BC
2003 Art+2, Onepointsix Gallery Vancouver, BC
A Matter of Time, Exposure Gallery Vancouver, BC
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS + PROJECTIONS
2016 The Last Stand (Projection) 3rd Annual Documentary Photography Days
presented by the Turkish Photography Foundation
Istanbul, Turkey
Weather Patterns (Installation) City Hall Skytrain Station, Capture
Photography Festival
Vancouver, BC
2012 Pro'jekt LA II (Projection of SeaLife) Month of Photography Los
Angeles + Chop House Post + Kent Collective
Los Angeles, USA
ART FAIRS
2016 photo l.a. Los Angeles, CA
2015 Art Toronto Toronto, ON
Love Art Toronto, ON
AWARDS | SELECTED
2015 Finalist LensCulture Earth Awards Paris, France
2013 Winner Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards Toronto, ON
Shortlisted Kontinent Awards Uzmir, Turkey
2012 First Place International Photography Awards Los Angeles, CA
First Place Prix de la Photographie Paris Paris, France
Winner Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards Toronto, ON
2011 Shortlisted Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award Portland, OR
Winner PDN Awards New York, NY
Finalist, Top 200 Photolucida Critical Mass Portland, OR
2010 Winner Creative Quarterly Magazine Awards New York, NY
Winner The Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins,CO
Finalist International Arte Laguna Venice, Italy
2009 Winner Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards Toronto, ON
Merit Award Black + White Magazine San Francisco
Honorable Mention Prix de la Photographie Paris Paris, France
2008 Honorable Mention International Photography Awards Los Angeles, CA
MAGAZINES + PERIODICALS | SELECTED
2016 Janna Dotschkal, ‘The Last Stand, Seeing the Trees Through the Forest:
Vestiges of Ancient Woods’, National Geographic Proof, January 27
USA
2015 Anne Grahm, ‘The Last Stand’, Art Reveal Magazine, Issue #7 Finland
2013 Ashley Kauschinger ‘David Ellingsen Interview’, Light Leaked, March 11 USA
2012 Aline Smithson, ‘David Ellingsen’, Lenscratch, January 7 USA
Andrew Nguyen, ‘Obsolete Delete’, CanCulture, September Canada
BOOKS + EXHIBITION CATALOGUES
2016 Intervals; Photography in Flux (Exhibition catalogue)
By Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz
ISBN 9780993662331
Vancouver, BC
2012 Victoria Collects: A View into Private Art Collections from the Region
(Exhibition catalogue)
by Mary Jo Hughes (Curator) Published by the Art Gallery of Greater
Victoria.
ISBN 9780888853677
Victoria, BC
2008 Body of Text by Michael V. Smith and David Ellingsen
ISBN 9781897388280
Toronto, ON
COLLECTIONS
Chinese Museum of Photography Lishui, China
Beaty Biodiversity Museum Vancouver, BC
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, ON
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Boston, MA
The Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, CO
LECTURES + PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2007-
present
Lecturer, Vancouver Institute of Media Arts Vancouver, BC
2013 Guest Speaker, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, BC
Guest Speaker, Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Vancouver, BC
2000-2013 Freelance Assignment Photographer, Advertising and Editorial Vancouver, BC
2012 Guest Speaker, Langara College Vancouver, BC
2007-2012 Lecturer, Vancouver Photo Workshops Vancouver, BC
2011 Guest Speaker, Langara College Vancouver, BC
2008-2010 Guest Speaker, Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Vancouver, BC
2000-2003 Apprentice, Freelance Assignment Photographers Vancouver, BC
2000-2003 Teaching Assistant, Commercial Photography Program, Focal Point Centre Vancouver, BC
2000 Diploma (honours), Commercial Photography Program, Focal Point Centre Vancouver, BC
1998 Certificate Darkroom Studies, Camosun College Victoria, BC
ART DONATIONS
2015 Out In Schools, Fall Gala Event Vancouver, BC
ArtBeat Vancouver, Charity Auction Vancouver, BC
2014 Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Charity Auction Toronto, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery Art Auction Vancouver, BC
SA Foundation, Charity Auction Calgary, AB
2012 Canadian Cancer Society, Charity Auction Vancouver, BC
2005-2010 Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Vancouver, BC
2009 Yaletown House, Assignment Donation Vancouver, BC
2008 Winter Family Ball, Annual Fundraiser Vancouver, BC
2007 Journalists for Human Rights, Assignment Donation Toronto, ON
2001-2007 Art+, Annual Fundraiser Vancouver, BC
COMMISSION CLIENTS | SELECTED
New York Times Magazine, Business Development Bank of Canada, Canadian Medical
Association, CBC Canada, DDB, Eckhart Tolle Teachings Inc., Future Shop, Geist
Magazine, Globe & Mail ROB Magazine, Grey Worldwide, Marie Claire Magazine,
McCarthy Tétrault, Men's Health Magazine, MTV/Nickelodeon, Nettwerk Records, Oprah
Winfrey Network, People Magazine, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rogers Communications,
Telus, Time Inc.
CONTACT
www.davidellingsen.com
david@davidellingsen.com

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