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Richard Hambleton (American/Canadian, b.1954)
LOT ID: 78528
Untitled (Blood Flowers), 2003

Mixed Media, Blood on paper
51 х 33 in. (129.54 x 83.82 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right
Lot description
This rare and distinctive painting by Richard Hambleton was specially created by the artist for the present owner. Known for his bold “Shadowman” figure paintings and vigorous splashes and brushwork, Hambleton displays the range of his artistry with this intricate still-life. Delicate and precise, the bouquet of flowers exudes a sense of stillness, demonstrating an elusive restraint from the artist, whose work often engages through abruptness, shock, and movement. While seemingly straightforward, Hambleton’s still-life plays with the viewer’s perceptions as he challenges the demure composition by rendering the flowers in his own blood. Provocative, witty, and stimulating, this unique painting provides an intriguing representation of the artist and his artistic approach.

Richard Hambleton (b. 1954) is a Canadian painter 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 his “Shadowman” paintings. The “Mass Murder Concept” was a series of works where Hambleton would paint the police chalk outline around 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. Hambleton painted these “Shadowmen” in other cities as well, including in Paris and, as some believe, on the Berlin Wall. 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."
Untitled (Blood Flowers) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Blood Flowers) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Blood Flowers) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Blood Flowers) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Blood Flowers) by Richard Hambleton
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