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the flying whale gallery

David Elliot's imaginative illustrations selling as original art, on cards, prints, t-shirts and more.

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About the Artist

David is an internationally recognised illustrator. In 2017 his fabulous 'Snark' won two national awards: the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration. A couple of years earlier, 'Henry's Map' (about a fastidious, map-making pig) was listed among the top 20 best picture books for children in the USA's School LIbrary Journal.

As well as writing and illustrating his own books, David has illustrated books for UK fantasy writer, Brian Jacques - illustrations from his Redwall series are available here - and ecologist T.A. Barron from the USA (Great Tree of Avalon). Back home in New Zealand, David has illustrated books by Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley and Janet Frame. In 2019 he illustrated Tessa Duder's fabulous 'First Map'.

David lives with his wife Gillian in Port Chalmers. This small port township in the deep south of New Zealand has been his home for almost 30 years.

To find out more about David and his books

New Zealand Book Council

The New Zealand Arts Foundation - check out the 5 minute video of David 

About the Gallery

The Flying Whale Gallery opened in Nov 2017 in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand. The plan was to sell David's amazing illustrations locally to a whole new audience, beyond young book readers.

Setting David's illustrations 'free' proved so successful that we decided to share his art even more widely.

We hope you enjoy David's art as much as we enjoy sharing it!

Gillian and David Elliot 

The Flying Whale Port Chalmers


David is the artist, illustrator, and writer. All the art you see on this website and in The Flying Whale gallery is his work.

Gillian manages everything else, including the gallery, website and all the admin.

We love where we live and work and we make a pretty good team. 


 If you enjoy David's art we can sell it to you on paper, as a card, a quality print, a high quality limited edition or why not buy the original artwork?

We also sell David's art on fabric - on t-shirts, tote bags, tea towels and more...

Free shipping in New Zealand for purchases over NZ$20.00

Discounts on pick-ups


Visit us!

Open: Thurs - Sun and all Cruise Ship days in Summer

Hours: 11am-5pm

13 George St, Port Chalmers


New Zealand