Brooklyn street artist Ellis Gallagher aka © Ellis G. takes us on a personal ride through his creative process and the defining moment that led him to his signature style of shadow-based outlines.
Ellis Gallagher aka Ellis G. is known primarily for chalk drawings made by outlining shadows in the streets of New York City. Gallagher was born in 1973, and is a native New Yorker living in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Before his chalk drawings he was a graffiti writer, working in NYC mostly. He was arrested for this in 1999 and given community service and probation. 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. 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.