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, 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. Several have been translated into Chinese and Korean and 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, was a finalist in the 2022 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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. Visit the contact page to get in touch.

Flying Whale Gallery

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