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Very few of prolific graffiti 'writers' who flourished during the 70's and 80's have survived the transition from street to studio. Chris 'Daze' Ellis is among those whose work has provided a powerful and continuing record of an exciting outlaw era of painting. Daze, more than any of the muralists, has successfully conveyed an ongoing message about the mean streets, a segment of the urban cultural experience ignored by more conventional painters. Many of his paintings and watercolors are peopled by characters who at once frighten and amuse. His street scenes are parties where artists, cops, hookers, pimps and musicians mingle. These cartoon-like figures are humorously drawn, but beneath the pleasantness is a more serious subtext. Daze was recognized early on as one of the masters of the graffiti movement. Since then, his work has taken on a new sophistication which depicts the excitement of the street and recreates the spontaneity of the subway paintings which were the direct precursors of the post pop phenomenon.

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Bandiera

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Blue Dream
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Time Square
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Untitled
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The Family Tree
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Quality of Life
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125th Street

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Public Enemy

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Untitled D11
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Gangster Fish III
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Autumn 

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Eye Study # 1
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The Journey Part 2
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This Ass Saved My Life
Born: 1962 New York
 

2004
Paris, France, "Nudes", Galerie Speerstra
2003
Paris, France, "Elevation", Galerie Speerstra
New York, New York, "Daze/Sharp", Diner Bar
Tokyo, Japan, "Daze", Prosper Gallery Tokyo
2002
Paris, France, "The Adgenda Paintings", Galerie Speerstra
Chicago, Illinois, "The Sketchbook Paintings", Eastwicke Gallery
Des Moines, Iowa, "Portraits", Steven Vail Gallery
2001
Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, "Daze & the Kids from the Urban Art Project"
New York, NY, "Works on Paper", Prosper Gallery
New York, NY, "Elevated Stations and Interiors", Modern Culture at the Gershwin
2000
Stockholm, Sweden, "DAZE", Atelier Laderhof
Chicago, Illinois, "The Agenda Paintings and Monochromes",
Eastwick Gallery
1999
Birmingham, Michigan, "WORKS ON PAPER, 1990-99",
Masterpiece Gallery.
Feldkirch, Austria, "DAZE, CRASH, ON THE EXPRESS TRAIN"
Palais du Lichtenstein-Traveled to: Grossmarkethallen,Munchen
Munich, Germany.
Nice, France,"DAZE, CRASH, AMERICAN GRAFFITI" Musee D'Art Moderne et Art
Contemporain.
1998
Basel, Switzerland, "THE CONEY ISLAND PAINTINGS", Gallerie Four
Florence, Italy, "DAZE/CRASH,Recent Works",Pallazzo Enrico Coveri
New York, N.Y.,"DAZE", Ideya
Birmingham, Michigan,"Urban Messages",Masterpiece Gallery
1996
Iowa City, Iowa, "DAZE/DZINE", Summit Street Gallery 
1994
New York, N.Y.,"DAZE & CRASH", York University Gallery,York College 
New York, N.Y. ,"DAZE & CRASH", Club U.S.A. 
1993 
Nice, France,"DAZE", Galerie de la Cathedrale 
Hong Kong, "DAZE WORLD", The Time is Always Now Gallery 
Paris, France, " Decade of Drawings", Gallery Michel Gillet
Monte Carlo,"Decade of Drawings", Gallery B5 
1990 
Bronx, New York,"Daze & Crash", Black and White in Color Gallery 
Montepellier, France, "Daze & Crash", Gallery Structures 
Paris, France,"Daze", Gallery Michel Gillet 
1989 
New York, N.Y."Daze", Museum of American Graffiti 
Monte Carlo, "Daze", Gallery B5 
1987 
New York, N.Y. ,"New Paintings", Alexander Woods Gallery 
1986
New York, N.Y., "Crowd Control", Nada Gallery
New York, N.Y. ,"Daze", Pene du Bois Gallery 
1985 
New York, N.Y. , "DAZE", Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery 
1984 
New York, N.Y. , "CRASH & DAZE", Sidney Janis Gallery 
1983 
Tokyo, Japan, "Daze", Pitekin Thropus Gallery 
1982 
Buffalo, New York, "Daze", Hallwalls 
Bronx,New York,"Daze", Fashion MODA

 

 

 

 

 

Born:
1962, New York City
1983:
"Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
1983:
"Post-Graffiti", Sindey Janis Gallery, NY
1984:
"Arte de Frontiera - NY Graffiti"
Galerie d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
"Graffiti", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
1985:
"Anniottanta", Galeria Communale d'arte Moderna, Bologna
"Fredrick R.Weisman Foundation of Art", Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv
1986:
Held one man exhibition. "Crowd Control", Nada Gallery, NYC
1987:
Held one man exhibition. "New Paintings", Alexander Woods Gallery, NY
1988:
"The Best of the East Village", Nassau County Museum of Art, NY
1989:
"Collection Norman Dubrow", Gronneger Museum, Netherlands
Held one man exhibition. "Selections from permanent collection", Museum of American Graffiti, NY
1990:
"Art Jonction International", Nice, France
1991:
"Graffiti Art, Artistes Americains Et Francais", Paris, France
1992:
"Coming from the Subway, New York Graffiti", Groninger Museum, Groninger, Holland
1993:
"Eight Urban Artists from New York" Gallery Gleditsch 45, Berlin, Germany
1994:
"Aerosoul", Paterson, New Jeresy
1995:
"Drawn on the Museum, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1996:
"Creativity onthe Road", Museo Palazzo Rocca, Chiavari, Rapallo & Museo D'Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy
 

 


                                                  

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