Ellis Gallagher

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Ellis Gallagher is known primarily for chalk drawings made by outlining shadows in New York City. Gallagher was born on September 9, 1973. He is a native New Yorker living in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.[citation needed] Before his chalk drawings he was a graffiti writer, working in NYC mostly.[citation needed] He was arrested for this in 1999 and given community service and probation.[citation needed] He stopped doing traditional graffiti writing in 2001 after the death of Hector Ramirez (a friend and writing partner), who was hit by a train while painting in a Brooklyn subway tunnel.[citation needed] Gallagher started his chalk drawing in early 2005, the first drawing being an outline of a fire hydrant after days of being fixated with shadows.[citation needed]

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Gallagher's chalk work are outlines of objects on the street and often outline simple solid shadows, typically his bicycle[1] setup in front of an existing light source. Works have lasted as long as a month.[citation needed]

Gallagher was once arrested for drawing and signing his name in chalk. Charges were dropped, but he spent 17 hours in jail for which he sued the city, claiming false arrest and unlawful imprisonment.[citation needed] Paul Hale, Gallagher's lawyer, claims using chalk on the sidewalk is legal.[citation needed]

Ellis Gallagher is a native New Yorker. As a former graffiti writer, his work can be found in New York City and beyond, in Autograf: New York City's Graffiti Writers by Peter Sutherland (Powerhouse Books), in The Street Art Book: 60 Artists In Their Own Words by Ric Blackshaw and Liz Farrelly (Collins Design), also in the art textbook Making Art Connections: Visual Arts years 7 and 8 (McGraw-Hill Education), as well as in numerous newspapers, magazines, on television and in films.[citation needed] Gallagher's work has also appeared in numerous publications and features.[citation needed]


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