Graffiti legend Chris “Daze” Ellis is no stranger to the Mass Appeal family, and recently he’s been building buzz in Boston as Phillips Academy’s Addison Gallery of American Art artist in residence. Daze’s campaign includes his latest show, “Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue With the Collection,” in addition to being a spirit guide for students at the Phillips Academy, as well as Andover’s Lawrence High School.
The Boston Globe sat down with Mr. Ellis and delved into his beginnings in graffiti and what ultimately sparked his transition into visual art, despite the outside world not fully accepting him as such. The Addison Gallery of American Art’s curator of contemporary art and photography, Allie Kemmerer, commented:
“He’s part of a long legacy of artists who have found inspiration in the urban scene, George Bellows, John Sloane, Robert Frank, especially Robert Marsh,” she says. “His paintings are hybrids. They bridge the convention of street writing and easel painting. It’s not just graffiti, it’s not just the ’80s. He’s a really skilled painter.”
Read the rest of the Boston Globe profile on Chris “DAZE” Ellis here, and if you are in the Boston area, be sure to check out the show, on display till July 31.