CARSON ELLIS // dillweed's revenge

On view September 8 – October 3, 2010
Opening reception Friday September 10th, 6pm/8pm
Artist talk and book signing Sunday September 19th, 6pm

To celebrate the release of Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic, Nationale proudly presents a selection of Carson Ellis’ original illustrations from this book written by Florence Parry Heide in the 70’s and now published for the very first time by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Filled with nasty characters, beautiful details, and subtle humor, Dillweed’s Revenge has already received two starred reviews as well as a prestigious silver medal from The Society of Illustrators. Delightfully macabre, Ellis’ acclaimed illustrations are a perfect match to Heide’s dark and witty writing style.

"Like Dillweed, Heide and Ellis have worked a little black magic. Together, they've conjured up a delightful tale of revenge... As wickedly fun as Gorey, Dahl, or Belloc." –Lane Smith

Born in Vancouver, Canada in 1975, Carson Ellis was raised in suburban New York and college-educated at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she earned a BFA in Painting in 1998. Illustrator-in-residence for the band The Decemberists, she has created art for their album covers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets since 2001. Throughout the past decade, Ellis has exhibited original artwork at Motel Gallery, PDX Contemporary Art, Basil Hallward Gallery, Core Sample in Portland, OR, and Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA. Now happily a full-time illustrator, providing art for bestselling books such as The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Ellis is currently working with Colin Meloy on Wildwood, a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon. Carson Ellis lives and works in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. Her original artwork is represented by Nationale.

Florence Parry Heide is an award-winning author of more than a hundred children's books, including The Treehorn Trilogy, illustrated by Edward Gorey. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.