Born Raleigh, North Carolina
BFA Cooper Union, New York, NY
David Ellis-Flyway, Theory Icon Project, New York, NY
The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
Metal, Liverpool, UK
Animal The University of Texas, Austin, TX
New York 2011 PULSE Prize, New York, NY


Objectified: Sculpture Today at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Texas Contemporary Art Fair with Joshua Liner Gallery, Houston, TX
Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Hudson River Alley at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Go West curated by Joshua Liner Gallery at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA (solo)
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair with Joshua Liner Gallery, Miami, FL
Audio-Visual at the University Gallery at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
artMRKT Contemporary & Modern Art Fair with Joshua Liner Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Sound Quality at GREY AREA, New York, NY
True Value, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
Pulse New York, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York,(solo)
Mola Salsa, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Summer Group Show, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Viva La Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Barnstormers, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Constant Flow, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Oxblood, Webb’s, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
Hopewell (Walter Gropius Series), Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV. Curated by Cate Hammond. (solo)
Oh-oh, Country Club, Cincinnati, OH. Curated by Christian Strike(solo)
Dozens, Roebling Hall, New York, NY (solo)
Inner/Outer Space, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. Curated by Dara Meyerss-Kingsley
Transformers, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003-2008, Publico, Cincinnati, OH
Rubicon Sun: David Ellis and Doze Green, Fifty24 SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Heap (with Swoon and Monica Canilao), Black Rat Press Gallery, London, UK
Animated Painting, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Ensemble, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
50,000 Beda, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Brodeo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (Jun.)
BMG Artists’ Annual ’07, Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Jan.)
Burning House (with Swoon and Faile), New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Faile. (Jan. -Feb.)
Doodle Crush (collaborations with Kiku Yamaguchi), Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC. Curated by Bill Thelen. (May)
10 Curators (10th Anniversary), Colette, Paris, France
Music Show II, Publico and Shake It Records, Cincinnati, OH
Graffiti Stories, MIAM (Musée des arts Modestes) Séte, France
Graffiti Stories, Abbaye d’ Auberives, France
50,000 Beds, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT
Elevator Mural Project, (with Doze Green), 30 Bond St. New York, NY.
Dawn’s Early Light, Red Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. Curated by Matthey Mascotte(solo)
Motion Paintings, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, Philadelphia, PA(solo)
Conversation, Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX(solo)
A Peaceful Land, Gelabert Studios Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Music Show, Publico, Cincinnati, OH
Good & Thuggy, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Salvage + Assemble, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
Live Scores, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
Motion Barn, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC
Casita, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Letter to the President, ResFest International Film Festival
Orchestrion, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY(solo)
Greater New York 2005, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY
GADGET: Mechanics and Motion in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Curated by Matt Distel; Orchestrion installation exhibited alongside Fernand Léger and George Antheil’s “Ballet Mexhanique 1923-24”
Digital Cotton, Savannah Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Urban Edge, SPAZIO P4 Milan, Italy
360, Atlantic Avenue Artwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Boars Head/War Head, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC(solo)
Beat Box/A Painting is a Brum, 22 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA(solo)
Paint on Trucks in a World in a Need of Love, MoMA QNS, New York, NY
Barnstormers Selected Films, AIGA Move Conference, New York, NY
NADA Art Fair at Miami, FL (under the auspices of Jessica Murray Projects)
The Barnstormers, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2004 Studio Artists: 9X, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Psych-Opus, a B-Stormers Mural, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Motion Paintings, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC
III Communication, Urbis Museum, Manchester, UK
Grotto 2, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY
Beautiful Losers, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Compost, Doze Green, and David Ellis, Studio Number 1, Los Angeles, CA. 2003 “Unseen Messages” at Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Hive Mind Sound System, Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC
Smudge Good, CWC Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
NYC Now, Galerie Du Jour, Agnes B., Paris, France
Bazaar, Cuchifritos, New York, NY
Coast to Coast, Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Letter to the President, Res Fest International Film Festival
Apostrophe, Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Request Line, Agnes B. Homme, New York, NY(solo)
Like the Motion of Water, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY(solo)
David Ellis, Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ(solo)
Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love, Tidal, Osaka, Japan (solo)
Roots, Branches and leaves, Gaz/Dyezu Experiment, Tokyo, Japan(solo)
Live Painting with John Ellis Quintet, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Art Nights, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Streetwise One, Apart, London, UK
Grotto, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Final Modification, Ex’Realm, Tokyo, Japan
Painting Is Dead…Or Is It?, Lance Fung, New York, NY
One Planet Under a Groove, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
No Condition is Permanent, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Rappers Delight, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Art of Breaking, Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY
Clocktower Show, P.S. 1, Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY
Vox, Kent Gallery, New York, NY
Cirk and Watching Paint Dry, Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY

Public Collections

The Margulies Collection
The Deutsche Bank Collection
Saatchi Collection
Hadley Martin Fisher Collection


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