Chris “DAZE” Ellis

The City is My Muse

April 23 - June 19, 2016

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    Chris “DAZE” Ellis (b. 1962) entered the world of art via graffiti writing, painting on the city’s streets and subway system in the late 1970s. In the early ‘80s, Daze turned his attention from the street to the studio, creating works on canvas that merged elements of street style with figurative painting. The City is My Muse presents recent works by this lifelong New Yorker that depict the vibrancy and vitality of the city he loves, combining abstract and representational forms to capture the energy of Times Square, the popular amusements of Coney Island, and the everyday people and places that inspire him.


      • "Paintings of ex-street artist at New York's City Museum" Associated Press
      • "Street Artist Christopher “Daze” Ellis Reveals Solo Show at The Museum of the City of New York" Untapped Cities
      • "Chris “Daze” Ellis ‘The City Is My Muse’ at MCNY" Mass Appeal
      • "Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City is My Muse November 18, 2015 – May 1st, 2016" YRB Magazine

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