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Richard Hambleton (American/Canadian, b.1954)
LOT ID: 80503
Untitled (Cat), ie. circa 1985

Mixed Media, tinted gel acrylic on plexiglass
64 х 24 in. (162.56 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, lower left
Lot description
With his “Shadowman” figure paintings, Richard Hambleton developed a unique and arousing form of public art that engaged the viewer’s psyche through the element of surprise. Splashed on buildings and in alleyways, Hambleton’s shadows seem to jump both at and in reaction to the passerby. Translating his shadow cat figure onto plexiglass, Hambleton elevates the sensation of movement and energy as the colors and tones transform in the glass as the viewer’s perspective changes. Here, Hambleton creates a stimulating and eerie illusion of a startled cat.

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. 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 (Cat) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Cat) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Cat) by Richard Hambleton
  • Untitled (Cat) by Richard Hambleton
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