Sir Shadow’s ‘One-Line’ Gallery Show on the Bowery

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 at 5:02 am by

Sir Shadow at the Whitehouse Hotel, March 2011

Sir Shadow, prolific artist and one of the last living souls in the Whitehouse SRO on the Bowery, is currently showcasing his unique one-line artwork (aka “flowetry”) at a gallery exhibit this week.

The event kicked off this past Tuesday at 222 Bowery, the onetime YMCA building colloquially known as “The Bunker.” Sir Shadow will be there tonight for live drawings, with guitar accompaniment by Bowery resident John Campo.

The gallery installation concludes tomorrow.

For Sir Shadow – given name, Thomas Allen Paxton – it’s been a couple months under the spotlight. The New York Times ran an exhaustive piece in December about the 6-foot-4 resident who’s been living at the century-old Whitehouse (340 Bowery) since 1995. He and five other holdouts refuse to leave or collect buyouts, stymieing any short-term opportunities to redevelop the property. Now it’s a morbid waiting game for owner Renautus Group.

As we’ve previously chronicled, Sir Shadow decorated nearly every surface – hallways, boarding rooms, the reception desk – drawing his familiar music poses without lifting the pen. Check out the clip we filmed back in 2011…

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