Richard Hambleton  (American/Canadian, 1954) 

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Painter Richard Hambleton (American/Canadian, b.1954) is currently living and working in the Lower East side of New York City. Hambleton is remembered as one of the major artists, who, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, had great success coming out of the New York City art scene in the 1980s. Hambleton’s work is often compared to graffiti art, though Hambleton himself considers this work to be public art. Hambleton is best known for his Mass Murder Concept and Shadowman paintings. Mass Murder Concept was a series of works in which Hambleton would paint a chalk outline around the bodies of volunteer “homicide victims” and splash red paint within the outline, leaving behind a realistic crime scene. His later “Shadowman” paintings of the early 1980s resemble life-sized, silhouetted images of strange people. These silhouettes were splashed and brushed with black paint on buildings or other structures across New York City, in locations that would startle unsuspecting pedestrians, such as in dark allies or just around a street corner. Hambleton painted these “Shadowmen” in other cities as well, including Paris, and, as some believe, the Berlin Wall.

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Richard Hambleton, Red

 

Richard Hambleton
Red
1984

Portico New York, Inc.
Richard Hambleton, Untitled (Tabletop)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (Tabletop)
1987

Portico New York, Inc.
Richard Hambleton, Untitled (shadow painting)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (shadow painting)
1984

Portico New York, Inc.
Richard Hambleton, Untitled (shadow painting)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (shadow painting)
1984

Portico New York, Inc.
Richard Hambleton, Untitled (Black head with orange background)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (Black head with orange background)
Woodward Gallery
Richard Hambleton, Jumper

 

Richard Hambleton
Jumper
1990

Skot Foreman Fine Art
Richard Hambleton, Shadow Figure

 

Richard Hambleton
Shadow Figure
2002

Woodward Gallery
Richard Hambleton, Shadow Figure

 

Richard Hambleton
Shadow Figure
2002

Woodward Gallery
Richard Hambleton, Shadow Figure

 

Richard Hambleton
Shadow Figure
2002

Woodward Gallery
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Richard Hambleton, Dangerous

 

Richard Hambleton
Dangerous, 1984
enamel on found pressed metal sign

 

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Richard Hambleton, Untitled (Shadow Cat)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (Shadow Cat), 2005
Oil on canvas

 

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Richard Hambleton, Untitled (Shadow Cat)

 

Richard Hambleton
Untitled (Shadow Cat), 2005
Oil on canvas

 

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1954   Born Vancouver, Canada
1975   BFA, Painting and Art History at the Emily Carr School of Art, Vancouver
1975 - 1980   Founder and Co-Director “Pumps” Center for Alternative Art, Gallery, Performance and Video Space; Vancouver, BC
  Lives and works in New York City’s Lower East Side
2009   Richard Hambleton New York, presented by Andy Valmorbida and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in collaboration with Giorgio Armani, New York, NY
2008   "Off the Wall, From Vandalism to Urban Art," November 1 - December 13, 2008, Wilde Gallery, Berlin
2008   "Punk. No One is Innocent," May 16 - September 7, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2008   "Stoked Benefit Art Auction," April 5, Milk Gallery at Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
2008   "Works on Paper," Woodward Gallery at the Park Avenue Armory, 20th Anniversary, February 29 - March 3, New York, NY
2007 - 2008   “Behind the Seen,” Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, NY featuring street work by Swoon, Keith Haring, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Lee Quiñones, and others. Curated by Michael de Feo
2007   “The Beautiful Paintings,” Woodward Gallery, New York (solo)
2007   “Contemporary Art Society Benefit Auction,” November 2, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (group)
2007   “The Media: Reaction, Reflections, and Comments on the Culture of Media,” featured with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, May 27 - July 13, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA.
2006 - 2007   “The New York Art Scene 1974-1984”, Grey Art Gallery, New York. Traveling to The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
2006 - 2007   “Gallery Artists ‘06-’07,” Woodward Gallery, New York, NY
2005   “Vintage East Village,” Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
2004 - 2005   “East Village USA,” December 9, 2004 - March 19, 2005, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY.
1986 - 1987   “Public and Private: American Prints Today: The 24th National Print Exhibition,” traveling exhibition: Brooklyn Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, RISD, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, including works by Eric Fischl, Richard Hambleton, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, James Turrell, and Andy Warhol.
1985   Piezo Electric Gallery, New York (solo)
1985   Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York (solo)
1985   Zellermayer Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1985   Museo DeArte Costaricense, Costa Rica, Spain (solo)
1985   “Syndesthetics,” PS 1, Long Island City, New York
1985   “Smart Art,” Toesph Mosheck, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1984   “Of the Streets,” University of Colorado, Aspen, featuring Jenny Holzer, Tom Warren, Richard Hambleton, Lady Pink, John Fekner, CRASH, Daze, Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, Marc Brasz, Spank, Candace Hill-Montgomery, and John Ahearn
1984   “New Talent - New York,” travelling exhibition organized by Sioux City Art Center, Iowa
1984   “East Village Artists,” The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
1984   “East Village Scene,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984   “Activated Walls,” The Queens Museum, New York
1984   “Chill Out,” Kenkeleba House, New York
1984   “Romance and Catastrophe,” Zellermayer Gallerie, Berlin, Germany
1984   “Sculpture Now,” Anna Friebe Galerie, Koln, Germany
1984   “25,000 Sculptors from Across the USA,” Civilian Warfare, New York
1984   “Aperto ‘84,” BIENNALE DIE VENEZIA, Venice, Italy
1984   “Body Politic,” Tower Gallery, New York
1984   “Arte di Frontiera,” Galeria Communale d’arte Moderna, Bologna, Milan and Rome, Italy
1984   “Situation,” Bess Cutler Gallery, New York
1984   “Galleries of the Lower East Side,” Artist Space, New York
1984   “Limbo,” PS 1, Long Island City, New York
1984   “Totem,” Bonnier Gallery, Charles Cowles Gallery, and Germans Van Eck Gallery, New York
1984   “Abstract Persona,” Dramatis Personae Gallery, New York
1984   “121,” Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1984   Anna Friebe Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1984   Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam (solo)
1984   Galerie Salvatore Ala, Milano, Italy (solo)
1984   Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York (solo)
1983   Piezo Electric, New York (solo)
1983   Civilian Warefare, New York (solo)
1983   Limbo Lounge, New York (solo)
1983   Abstract Persona, Dramatis Personae Gallery, New York
1983   Piezo Electric, New York
1983   “Vancouver: art and artists 1931-1983” Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1983   Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York
1983   “Black and White Show,” Kenkelba Gallery, New York
1983   Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York
1983   Galleri Cassandra, Norway
1983   Seventh Annual Forgione, New York
1983   Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York
1983   Tweed Gallery, New Jersey
1983   Weatherspoon Art Gallery, North Carolina
1983   Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina
1983   American Graffiti Gallery, Amsterdam
1983   Group Material- Subculture, New York
1983   Pier 34 Project, New York
1983   International Running Center, New York
1983   “Terminal New York” , Brooklyn, New York
1982   Club 57, New York
1982   5th International Apartment Festival, March 15-21
1982   Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
1982   Pyramid, New York
1982   Cheltenham Art Center, Pennsylvania
1982   Alexander Milliken Gallery, New York
1982   Squat Theater, New York
1982   Sarah Lawrence College Gallery, New York
1982   “Art on the Beach,” Creative Time’s, New York
1982   Second Story Books, Baltimore
1982   “The Real Estate Show,” ABC No Rio, New York
1982   Alexander Milliken- East Village Gallery, New York (solo)
1982   Flavio Belli Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1981   9th Street Survival Show, New York
1981   Club 57, New York
1981   White Columns, New York
1981   ABC No Rio, New York
1981   Public Image Gallery, New York
1980   “Times Square Show,” Collaborative Projects Incorporated and Fashion Moda, New York
1980   La Mamelle, Inc. San Francsico, CA (solo)
1979   Pumps Center for Art, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
1978   Western Front, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
1977   Pumps Center for Art, Vancouver, Canada (solo)