What is your ideal office?
My ideal office would consist of a very open space with a huge skylight to allow for sunlight. I wouldn’t need an amazing view because that would allow for a lot of daydreaming. Nothing would get done.
Is New York your city?
Absolutely! New York is not just my city but it’s also my muse! Hence the title for my current show at The Museum of The City of New York, Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City is My Muse.
What idea has made a remarkable impression on you?
I love the idea of Kickstarter. It’s people taking control of their destiny and not waiting for approval. If you have a good idea, and a good cause, people will support you. If not, you’ll know real quick.
How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered most of all for my art. Not just paintings but all of it, murals, working with kids, et cetera. I’m not sure how much I actually influence people but I’ve been told that I’ve inspired many. That alone gives me great satisfaction because I feel as if I’ve ignited a spark.
What is your most treasured belonging?
My wife and two sons.
What is one career highlight that sticks out to you?
There are many but I distinctly remember having a solo show in Monte Carlo in the late 1980s. I really felt on top of the world at that moment.