Oil Painting, Contemporary, Drawing, Watercolor, Landscape

Shaun Ellison

(1984, Durban, South Africa)


Shaun’s contemporary paintings are largely inspired by the textures of the urban landscape, particularly graffiti. Texture in the city breathes and enigmatically shapes the environment where it appears. In his work on canvas, the textures become the subject matter as they form the life of the painting. He is also inspired by African stone carvings and the raw free expression of tribal arts which speak the language of spirit and ritual.

Largely influenced by both abstraction and Neo-Expressionism, particularly aspects related to spirituality and the subconscious. For Shaun, these are the forces that create the painting rather than an impression or conscious ‘idea’. I prefer rather let the painting be the process and the process is born out of life.

Education and residencies

2013 | Painting and Drawing Summer Program at NY Academy of Art in New York, USA
2008 – 2012 | Continuing Education at School of Visual Arts in New York, USA
2002 – 2007 | Bachelor of Business and Philosophy at University of Louisiana, USA


2016 | ‘Hawaii Swim 5.0’ at New Image Art in West Hollywood, USA

2015 | ‘Islanders’ at  Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, USA

2015 | ‘Awkward’ at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 | ‘Yankee Zulu’ at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, USA