If you have been following our Artist Spotlights since the launch of Tins for Tots, we have been highlighting the participants contributions to both our event and the art community. In our eyes they are all equally incredible, but in some cases their accolades speak for themselves. Chris Ellis, or Daze, was one of the most influential figures in the graffiti movement in New York in the 70’s and 80’s. Through his visionary and symbolic works, he helped to transition the negative perceptions associated with street art and earned him notoriety in galleries and back alleys. Needless to say, we are eternally grateful that he lent his support to our event. His fenders are second to none and one of a kind. Visit his site and see more of his legendary art and commercial projects >> HERE
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.