"New York Rooftops I," spray paint, 8 x 14 ft, 1984
       
     
 Elwes used a derelict building on West 56th Street and 7th Avenue as a studio
       
     
"New York Rooftops II," 8 x 16 ft, 1984, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Fish," Earls Court Road, London 1985
       
     
"Derelict house near the Post Office Tower in London," 1985
       
     
"Camden Town," 1985
       
     
Bombay Beach Biennale 2018
       
     
"Kitchen," 2018
       
     
"Meditation," 2018
       
     
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"New York Rooftops I," spray paint, 8 x 14 ft, 1984
       
     
"New York Rooftops I," spray paint, 8 x 14 ft, 1984

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
       
     

Elwes used a derelict building on West 56th Street and 7th Avenue as a studio

"New York Rooftops II," 8 x 16 ft, 1984, Damian Elwes
       
     
"New York Rooftops II," 8 x 16 ft, 1984, Damian Elwes

English art dealer Robert Fraser came to New York looking for graffiti artists for an exhibition called "Paris/New York."

"Fish," Earls Court Road, London 1985
       
     
"Fish," Earls Court Road, London 1985

Back in London Robert Fraser introduced Elwes to Jean Michel Basquiat

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"Derelict house near the Post Office Tower in London," 1985
       
     
"Derelict house near the Post Office Tower in London," 1985

Fraser began to represent Elwes and exhibited his work with Basquiat

"Camden Town," 1985
       
     
"Camden Town," 1985
Bombay Beach Biennale 2018
       
     
Bombay Beach Biennale 2018
"Kitchen," 2018
       
     
"Kitchen," 2018

Elwes was invited to paint graffiti on 4 buildings

"Meditation," 2018
       
     
"Meditation," 2018
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