Chris Ellis best known by his street name, Daze- began writing graffiti in the New York City subway in the mid-1970s. Hailed as one of the most important graffiti artists of his generation, DAZE turned to canvas in the early 1980s, successfully making the transition from street to studio.
In 1981 his work was featured in the Mudd Club group exhibition “Beyond Words,” alongside work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Using spray paint in combination with acrylic and oil, DAZE's paintings capture the grittiness and spontaneous energy of city life. Having exhibited internationally, his work can be found in prestigious permanent collections worldwide.