Dana Ellyn   www.danaellyn.com

  Dana Ellyn
      - Painter -
Bio
Dana Ellyn is a DC resident and full-time painter who lives and paints in her studio in a subsidized artist housing unit in downtown Washington DC. Ellyn committed herself to full-time status in 2002 when she decided to leave her corporate job and pursue painting. Her work is exemplified by a risk-taking vision, strong content, and colorful critiques of social norms.

Ellyn's style sits on the fence between social realism and expressionism. Having spent her childhood and college years honing her skills and striving to be technically correct, during the past 12 years she has tasked herself with unlearning those restrictive habits. Ellyn strives to infuse more emotion and meaning in to each new painting she creates.

Ellyn's paintings have stories to tell and opinions to profess. She delivers hard slaps to myths of all kinds - from religion, to politics to what it means to be a woman. Ellyn's goal is to employ humor when holding a subject up to her artistic scrutiny. But, humor is as subjective as art and Ellyn's brand of humor has tended to be a polarizing factor in her art. Love it or hate it, she definitely starts a dialogue.

From childhood until about the age of 30, Ellyn was quiet and reserved. She has now found her voice and she is making up for lost time.
Exhibits/Shows
October 2015: P Street Gallerie, SPECIESISM, Washington, DC (SOLO)
July 2015: AMP Gallery, Happiness Is..., Provincetown, MA (SOLO)
July 2015: Galeria Artevistas, Deja Vu, Barcelona, Spain (2 person)
June 2015: Gallery 50, VegFest, Rehoboth, DE (SOLO)
April 2015: 410 GooDBuddY, (Self)Made in DC, Washington, DC (2 person)
March 2015: Jane Hisoka Gallery, Alchemic Vessels, Washington, DC
November 2014: 19Karen Gallery, All-American Girl, Mermaid Beach, Australia (SOLO)
July 2014: AMP Gallery, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Provincetown, MA (2 person)
May 2014: 19Karen Gallery, Michael Jackson Tribute Show, Mermaid Beach, Australia
March 2014: Jane Hisoka Gallery, Alchemic Vessels, Washington, DC
March 2014: FOE Gallery, Fun with Dick & Jane, Northampton, MA (2 person)
November 2013: Art Prichal, Vegan Art Exhibit, Kiev, Ukraine
November 2013: The Dunes, "Thought Crimes", Washington, DC (2 person)
November 2013: Arlington Arts Center"Dia de los Muertos", Arlington, VA
October 2013: ArtDC, "RED", Hyattsville, MD
August 2013: AMP Gallery "Take No Prisoners", Provincetown, RI (2 person)
June 2013: Adah Rose Gallery "Bar Crawl", Kensington, MD (2 person)
May 2013: Art Enables "Domesticated", Washington, DC (2 person)
April 2013: Bodzin Gallery "Resistance Through Art", Fairfax, VA
May 2013: Arts Club of Washington , Washington, DC (SOLO)
April 2013: Habor Gallery (UMASS) "Defiled", Boston, MA (2 person)
March 2013: ArtDC, "Who Dunnit", Hyattsville, MD
February 2013: 410 GooDBuddy, "Meat-Free", Washington, DC (SOLO)
January 2013: Art Enables, "Inaugural Visions", Washington, DC
December 2012: Gallery 555, "Sesow et Ellyn", Cruseilles, France (2 person)
December 2012: The Dunes, "Artpocalypse 2012", Washington, DC
October 2012: FOE Gallery, "See Something, Say Something", Northampton, MA (2 person)
September 2012: Montpelier Art Center, "See Something, Say Something", Laurel, MD (2 person)
September 2012: Greater Reston Art Center, "Campaign/Reform", Reston, VA
August 2012: McCutchan Art Center, "A Man Worthy of Your Attention", Evansville, IN (SOLO + Book Launch)
August 2012: Garner Narrative, "A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures", Louisville, KY (SOLO)
April 2012: Adah Rose Gallery, "The Birds and The Bees", Kensington, MD (2 person)
April 2012: The Fridge, "Stocking the Fridge", Washington, DC (2 person)
April 2012: Adah Rose Gallery, "The Birds and The Bees", Kensington, MD (2 person)
April 2012: Artisphere, "Yuri's Night", Rosslyn, VA
March 2012: FOE Gallery, "Year of the Dragon", Northampton, MA
February 2012: Waverly Street Gallery, "23+23", Bethesda, MD
February 2012: The Dunes, "Tight Fit", Washington, DC
January 2012: Mr. Rain's Fun House (AVAM), "Fun House", Baltimore, MD (SOLO)
December 2011: The Dunes, "Dystopia", Washington, DC (2 person)
November 2011: ArtGallery, "Storytelling", Norfolk, VA (Solo)
June 2011: Galerie Belage, "Outisde Art in the Hamptons", Westhampton Beach, NY
April 2011: Artisphere, "Yuri's Night", Rosslyn, VA
April 2011: Galeria Artevistas, "Midlife", Barcelona, Spain (Solo)
February 2011: Cre8space, "Love Stains and Memory Remains", Washington, DC
January 2011: Tryst, "The Art of Dating", Washington, DC (Solo)
December 2010: Baked & Wired, "Baked", Washington, DC (Solo)
June 2010: MLK Library, "BANNED", Washington, DC (Solo)
May 2010: Studio Gallery, Summer Show, Washington, DC
February 2010: Long View Gallery, "Till Death Do Us Part", Washington, DC (2 person)
December 2009: Evolve Urban Arts Center, "Divinely Irreverent", Washington, DC (Solo)
October 2009: R. Courey Gallery, "Sequestered", Savage, MD (Solo)
September 2009: Design Studio Gallery, "Horse of a Different Color", Hyattsville, MD (Solo)
August 2009: Mayer Fine Art, Group Show, Norfolk, VA
June 2009: Artomatic, Washington, DC
June 2009: Aroma, "Under the Influence", Washington, DC (2 person)
May 2009: Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
April 2009: ArtDC Gallery, "12x12", Hyattsville, MD
April 2009: Warehouse Gallery, "Yuri's Night", Washington, DC
January 2009: H&H Fine Arts, "Art & Politics", Mt. Ranier, MD
December 2008: Access Gallery, "Bad Santa - No Cookie", Denver, CO
December 2008: Long View Gallery, "Holiday Show", Washington, DC
September 2008: Gallery Plan B, "BrushFire", Washington, DC
September 2008: Gallery Plan B, "BrushFire", Washington, DC
August 2008: Long View Gallery, "Made in China", Washington, DC (2 person)
August 2008: Access Gallery, "Sign of the Times", Denver, CO
May/June 2008: ERA Gallery, "Up for Discussion", Wilmington, NC (Solo)
May/June 2008: Artomatic, Washington, DC
March 2008: Baked & Wired, Washington, DC (Solo)
March 2008: MLK Library, "Women's History", Washington, DC
February 2008: "DC Green HeART Exhibit", Washington, DC
December 2007: Aroma, "Under the Influence", Washington, DC (2 person)
December 2007: Gallery Plan B, "Gallery Group Show", Washington, DC
December 2007: Long View Gallery, "Holiday Show", Washington, DC
September 2007: Gallery Plan B, "Go Figure", Washington, DC
June 2007: Long View Gallery, "I Call Shenanigans", Washington, DC (Solo)
June 2007: Warehouse, "Art in Heat", Washington, DC
March 2007: BritishInk, Washington, DC
March 2007: Gallery RFD, "Bloodlines", Swainsboro, GA
March 2007: Splash Contemporary, Asbury Park, NJ
December 2006: Warehouse, "Art Romp", Washington DC
December 2006: Pamela Skinner Gallery, Group Show, Sacramento, CA
December 2006: Qbix Gallery, "Now", Philadelphia PA
November 2006: Warehouse, "Shock & Awe", Washington DC
October 2006: Warehouse, "Freak House Art", Washington DC (2 person)
June 2006: Studio One Eight, "Remastered", Washington DC
June 2006: Neptune Gallery, "Driven", Bethesda MD (2 person)
March 2006: Studio One Eight, "Art of War", Washington DC
March/April 2006: Asylum, "Girl in a Bar", Washington DC (Solo)
February 2006: Neptune Gallery, "Cupidity", Bethesda MD
December 2005: Warehouse Gallery, "Art Romp", Washington DC
November 2005: Studio One-Eight "A Girl, A Guy & A Gay", Washington DC
Oct - Nov 2005: Alcove Gallery, "Date Night", Atlanta, GA (2 person)
Sept - Oct 2005: Edison Place Gallery, "Voices", Washington DC
Aug - Sept 2005: Inside Out Gallery, "Learning to Crawl", Cleveland OH (2 person)
July 2005: Alcove Gallery, "The Fruit Bowl", Atlanta GA
March 2005: MLK Library, "Downtown Girl, Uptown Boy", Washington DC (2 person)
December 2004: Warehouse Gallery, "Art Romp", Washington DC
Oct - Nov 2004: Hoopla Traders, "News Flash", Washington DC (Solo)
July-September 2004: CD Warehouse, Washington DC (Solo)
July - August004: DCAC, "1460 Wall Mountables", Washington DC
August 5-16, 2004: MOCA, Washington DC
May - June 2004: "Anonymous", Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC
March-May 2004: "Art in the City", Bodzin Art Gallery. Fairfax, Virginia (Solo)
April 3rd 2004: "Who’s It Gonna Be" Show to benefit NARAL (Solo)
March-May 2004: "Takin' Over the Art Store", Washington DC
Dec. 2003-Jan. 2004: Habitat, Washington DC (Solo)
December 6 2003: "B-Side Relauch", Washington DC
December 14 2003: "Curious", Washington DC
October 11 2003: "Light in October" Arlington, VA
September 5-18: Meridian Center, Washington DC
July-Sept 2003: DCAC, Washington DC - "1460 Wall Mountables" Show
June 2003: The Flemming Center, Washington DC
June 2003: The Art Store, "Taking Over", Washington DC
February - May 2003: America Oh Yes!,"Insider/Outsider", Washington DC
March - May 2003: CDW, "Creative Sincerity", Washington DC
Feb. 21 - March 9 2003: MOCA, "Lady Brain Mind Meld", Washington DC
Feb. 15 - March 2003: Khoja Gallery,"Love & Eroticism", Arlington VA
Feb. 28 - March 1 2003: Kalorama Emerging Artist Show, Washington DC
Nov. - Dec. 2002: Khoja Gallery, Arlington VA
November 2002: NZen, "Nudes" Washington DC (Solo)
Aug 7 - Sep 8 2002: Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC (Honorable Mention award)
August 8-11 2002: DCAC, "LadyFest DC", Washington, DC
July 2002: Gallery 325, Washington, DC
Nov. 2001: Aroma, Washington, DC (Solo)
June 2001: Wilson Gallery,"Intermission", Washington, DC
May 2001: Wilson Gallery, "Smoke and Mirrors", Washington, DC
March 2001: Wilson Gallery, "Far Away Places", Washington, DC
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