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Richard Hambleton (American/Canadian, b.1954)
LOT ID: 70464
Untitled (Head Shadow), ie. circa 1990

Acrylic, on canvas board
23.25 х 19.5 in. (59.06 x 49.53 cm.)
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Frame size: 24 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches (62.2 x 52.7 cm)

This acrylic on canvas work by Richard Hambleton echoes the artist’s signature “Shadowman” paintings of the early 1980s.

Revered as the godfather of Street Art, Richard Hambleton (b. 1954) is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Lower East side of New York City. Hambleton emerged in the New York City art scene during the 1980s along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Though his work is often categorized as graffiti art, Hambleton classifies his work as public art.

Hambleton is best known for his “Mass Murder Concept” and his "Shadowman” paintings. The “Mass Murder Concept” was a series of works in which Hambleton would outline the bodies of volunteers in chalk, resembling police chalk outlines of “homicide victims,” and then splash red paint within the outlines, leaving behind a near realistic crime scene. His later “Shadowman” paintings of the early 1980s resembled life-sized silhouetted images of strange people, and were splashed and brushed with black paint on buildings or other structures across New York City, startling unsuspecting passerby in dark allies and around a street corners. Hambleton painted his Shadowmen in cities around the world, including Paris, Rome, London, and on the Berlin Wall.
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Untitled (Head Shadow) by Richard Hambleton
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