Chalk Expressionism

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Graffiti art is a morally questionably to some and considered artistically beautiful to others. New York native “Ellis G” (grandmother friendly name: Ellis Gallagher) is one of the most notorious graffiti artists in the NYC area. His style and name are both well known and recognized among street-art devotees.

After several run-ins with the law and jail time, he switched his medium from spray paint to chalk. He traces shadows of everything around the boroughs of New York. Shadows of bikes, fire hydrants, cars, shopping carts. The work itself in my opinion seems to be done out of spite to the law, which in some sense you have to admire. I think its amazing that someone is adding color along otherwise monotonous streets and sidewalks, and making a statement among New York.

Recently there seems to be a change in his method, and it now includes spray paint and fire. Yeah, I’m thinking its probably as dangerous as it sounds. The picture shows it to be on a white board though – or maybe it’s a wall – either way still cool.

Jessica Granato

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2 Responses to “Chalk Expressionism”


  1. 1 Antonio April 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Mikhail and I saw his stuff in brooklyn, had no idea who he was. Thanks!

  2. 2 Ryan April 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    wow this is awesome. good looks


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