Scarecrows and Creatures both real and imagined are set in landscapes that may bring to mind an old horror film set left abandoned or a place that exists only when you walk to end of a long dirt road. In Iowa, Ohio Scott Daniel Ellison (b. 1973) creates a storybook world where the viewer is often placed in an uncertain or precarious situation, the darkly humorous works are often sparse and enigmatic, suggesting but never completely offering extended narratives. The collection of paintings featured in Iowa, Ohio are drawn mostly from his childhood memories in rural Upstate, New York.
Scott Daniel Ellison's paintings have been shown extensively in New York City as well as abroad. Most recently his work has been featured in Dazed and Confused and the renowned art journal Esopus. Ellison was also rewarded with a solo show at Pulse, Miami in 2010 and a Fellowship in painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012. He is currently represented by CLAMPART in New York City.