December 11, 2005

Portrait of an Artist

Ellis Gallagher, a 32-year-old Brooklynite, began as a graffiti artist, but quit after a friend was struck by a train while painting in a subway tunnel. Then Gallagher was mugged by a guy wielding a machete. The traumas somehow led Gallagher to invent the genre of shadow art: he goes around Brooklyn with sidewalk chalk, outlining the shadows of common objects such as stop signs and bicycles.

Read about him here.