BEACON, N. Y. -- New York artist Scott Daniel Ellison, who has had shows nationally and internationally, is opening his Skull-Ring Necklace show this Saturday at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon.
An opening reception is planned for 6-9 p.m. Saturday for the show, which will go through Nov. 6. This is his second solo show at the gallery, and it features paintings and drawings that represent the artist's interest interest in wildlife and nature along with darker influences of folk tales, mythology and horror movies.
His work was also included in the Myths and Legends of the Hudson Valley show held in November 2015 at the gallery, 436 Main St., Beacon.
Some of his more recent paintings are reflections of dark humor and the culture of his youth, gallery officials said. "Vulture," a painting of a bird with a red head and a human skull necklace, evokes thoughts of ancient Egyptian myths along with some dark humor, gallery officials said.
Another work in the show, "Skater," features a skeleton skater with a spiky mohawk that combines abstract and narrative. It uses minimal color in the background yet details in the subject.
Ellison has exhibited nationally and in Stockholm, Sweden. Ellison shows regularly with ClampArt in New York and had a solo exhibition at Matteawan Gallery in 2014. He has also exhibited at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City.
In 2012, Ellison was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first monograph "Iowa,Ohio," was published by Schilt Books in 2014, and a second book, "Witch Hazel", was published in 2016 by ClampArt.
Ellison received a bachelor's and master's in fine art from SUNY Purchase. For more details, visit the gallery's website .
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