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Richard Hambleton (American/Canadian, b.1954)
LOT ID: 78536
911, 2001

Colored Pencil, Pastel, Acrylic, on watercolor paper
32 х 24 in. (81.28 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right; titled, lower center
Lot description
In this unique work on paper, Richard Hambleton employs his distinctive "Shadowman" style of painting to an image of the Twin Towers, in memory of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Executed in pastel, acrylic, and colored pencil, the black, faded shadows of the buildings appear as ashes against a billowing pink sky. Fragile and faint, Hambleton’s vanishing representation of the iconic New York emblem is a haunting yet apt portrait of the city. This work was given to the present owner by the artist on the anniversary of September 11th.

Along with close friends Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Canadian-born painter Richard Hambleton (b. 1954) pioneered the 1980s Lower East Side art movement in New York, generating buzz with his "public art" painted on unexpected street corners as well as his street art-inspired canvases, which were exhibited in major galleries. Using cryptic imagery and dark aesthetics, Hambleton has explored a "Mass Murder" concept with his police chalk outlines and victim inspired paintings, which led to the development of his "Shadowman" paintings. Hambleton studied Painting and Art History at the Emily Carr School of Art in Vancouver, Canada, earning his BFA in 1975. That same year he founded the gallery and performance space the Pumps Centre for Alternative Art in Vancouver, Canada. In 2011, Andy Valmorbida and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld presented a retrospective of his work in New York, NY. His work was also featured in the seminal 2011 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA exhibition "Art in the Streets."
911 by Richard Hambleton
  • 911 by Richard Hambleton
  • 911 by Richard Hambleton
  • 911 by Richard Hambleton
  • 911 by Richard Hambleton
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