For over thirty years I have made collages as points of departure for my paintings. In recent years, these studies have evolved into small dioramas, such as Study for Blue Wave. These shadow boxes are related to cabinets of curiosity and also to the theatre,in which the poetic drama of staged imagery can play out. The title is an obvious reference to the water at the lower left but also to flapping butterfly wings, the gesticulation of the flying ghost, and, more generally, the sweep and scanning of the spectator’s eye as it visits and revisits the various components of the collage.
David Elliott was born in 1953 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He has lived and worked in Montreal since 1977. One of the principal Canadian artists associated with the return to figuration in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Elliott has exhibited his paintings both nationally and internationally for over thirty-five years. His large-scale canvases are included in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Elliott’s work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. This support includes senior artist residencies in New York City (2010) and Paris (2013).
Elliott has had four solo exhibitions (2004, 2007, 2009, 2013) at Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montreal.