In 1983 Keith Haring met Elwes in New York City and encouraged him to become a painter.
Elwes used a derelict building on West 56th Street and 7th Avenue as a studio
English art dealer Robert Fraser came to New York looking for graffiti artists for an exhibition called "Paris/New York."
Back in London Robert Fraser introduced Elwes to Jean Michel Basquiat
Fraser began to represent Elwes and exhibited his work with Basquiat
Elwes was invited to paint graffiti on 4 buildings