Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Date: Old
Area: Image
Location: Lower right
Notes: Minor separation of canvas from board, lower right
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: Connecticut, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 23.25 x 19.5 in. (59.06 x 49.53 cm.)

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