Ellis Gallagher – ephemeral graffiti from chalk outlined shadows 1

Ellis Gallagher, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 2008

Ellis Gallagher, who signs his works Ellis G., creates temporary art by outlining shadows in chalk to create ephemeral graffiti images that last until the rain washes them away. A New Yorker who resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Ellis was born in 1973 and started out as a graffiti artist until he had a run-in with the law that resulted in probation and community service. In 2005 his interest in shadows led him to start outlining shadows from street lights and sunlight. He has been profiled widely including in this 2005 NY Times article, and has shown his work in museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide. Oh, and of course, on many, many public sidewalks.
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Ellis Gallagher, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 2008

Ellis Gallagher, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 2008

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Ellis Gallagher, Tree, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NYC 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Tree, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NYC 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Shopping Cart, Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Shopping Cart, Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Newspaper Boxes, South Beath, Miami, FL 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Newspaper Boxes, South Beath, Miami, FL 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Hudson St. West Village, Manhattan, NY 2006

Ellis Gallagher, Hudson St. West Village, Manhattan, NY 2006

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Ellis Gallagher, Garbage Can, Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Garbage Can, Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Downtown L.A. Parking Lot 2008

Ellis Gallagher, Downtown L.A. Parking Lot 2008

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Ellis Gallagher, Smith and Dean, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NYC 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Smith and Dean, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NYC 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Brooklyn, NY Organic Still 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Brooklyn, NY Organic Still 2007

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Ellis Gallagher Barcelona Barrier 2007

Ellis Gallagher Barcelona Barrier 2007

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Ellis Gallgher, Don't Walk Sign and Garbage Can, Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

Ellis Gallgher, Don't Walk Sign and Garbage Can, Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FLA 2007

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Ellis Gallagher, Sunlight Utilization, Brooklyn, NY 2007

Ellis Gallagher, Sunlight Utilization, Brooklyn, NY 2007

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