Chris DAZE Ellis
Chris Daze Ellis began his prolific career painting the gritty New York subways in the mid-1970's while attending the High School of Art & Design. He is one of the few artists from that period to make the successful transition from the subways to the studio.
Exhibiting alongside Artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, in the now legendary group show “Beyond Words” at the Mudd Clubb in 1981, Daze sold his first painting, an impromptu collaboration with Basquiat.
Daze’s premiere solo show was held a year later in 1982 at Fashion Moda, a gallery in the Bronx. Since then he has had countless solo exhibitions in such cities as Monte Carlo, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Beijing, Chicago, and Singapore. His work has also been included in numerous group shows and museum surveys internationally. Alongside these museum and gallery exhibitions Daze has also completed many public art projects over the years: a mural for the Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong; lectures at Hofstra University and the Bronx Museum; has designed an entire train station in Hannover, Germany alongside fellow artists Lee Quinones and Crash; youth workshops with kids during the Hutuz festival in Rio de Janeiro; and completing a mural for the Vivo City shopping center in Singapore. Daze's paintings have found themselves in the private collections of Madonna and Eric Clapton among others.
Chris Daze Ellis’s work can be found in the permanent collections of such museums around the world including MOMA, New York; The Brooklyn Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; The Groninger Museum, Netherlands; and The Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany. Daze continues to live and work in New York City.
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