David Elliot

Award-winning illustrator & writer

david elliot

David Elliot is an award-winning illustrator and writer of children’s books. He has worked with many New Zealand writers including Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Jack Lasenby and Janet Frame. Internationally he has illustrated books in the Redwall fantasy series (recently purchased by Netflix) and the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

David has created 10 picture books of his own. Henry’s Map and Oink received starred reviews in Kirkus Magazine. In 2017, Snark won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and a ‘White Raven’ from the International Youth Library. David's first board book, Bumblebee Grumblebee, received a 'White Raven' and was selected by Kirkus as one of the six best board books in the USA for 2022!

David was born in Ashburton in New Zealand’s South Island. For the last 35 years he has lived and worked in Port Chalmers near Dunedin, where the Southern coastline and its wildlife are a continual inspiration for his work.

David reads Bumblebee Grumblebee to his granddaughter

David's Art

Read more about David Elliot's art here or click on the most recent posts below.

FLYING whale gallery


We sell David's original drawings PLUS his art on cards, prints, t-shirts, tote bags and more. Unique gifts for all ages!


We are located in Dunedin's historic Port Chalmers township: 13 George Street, Port Chalmers


Wed - Sun | 11am - 4pm and all Cruise Ship Days (extended hours)

Flying Whale Gallery

Beautiful art, prints, cards and gifts by children's book writer and illustrator, David Elliot