Daze

Latest Post - Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:56 am

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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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"The writing's on the wall", CBS morning show

By Daze - Monday, March 31, 2014

For those of you who missed the CBS morning show’s segment on “The City As Canvas” exhibition at The Museum of The City of New York here’s a link:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-museum-honors-the-glory-days-of-graffiti-art/. Personally I thought that “Art vs. Vandalism” argument is old and redundant at this point.Whatever it is the work speaks for itself at this point. Some people hate it, but there are just as many if not more who love an identify with it.  » Read more about: "The writing's on the wall", CBS morning show  »