RICHARD HAMBLETON

Untitled

  • medium Acrylic and Gel on Paper
  • edition 1
  • size 29.50w x 71.50h in
  • created 1985
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Exhibition History:

Collection Note:

Richard Hambleton’s Untitled (Shadowman) is a dramatically close up example from his iconic Shadowman series, a body of works that grew out of his crime scene street outlines of the 1970s. On monochromatic backgrounds, these works depict dark silhouettes of unidentified males void of defining characteristics. The male head in this mature work faces straight to the viewer and sits atop elegantly slanted shoulders. The top of its skull bursts with exponentially rising energy, reflecting the critical consensus of Hambleton’s heads as often strikingly “explosive”.

Richard Hambleton achieved broad success throughout the urban art boom of the 1980s, painting directly on New York and international streets alongside Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born in Vancouver, the artist studied at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design before beginning his quest to cover cities with striking imagery referencing crime in red and white splashed paint. The artist remains most celebrated for his Shadowman works that blossomed in the 1980s, an immediately coveted group of works presenting shadowed silhouettes as symbols of New York masculinity.

Hambleton’s work has been included twice in the Venice Biennale and with frequent eminence in exhibitions at galleries in New York, as well as in museums and galleries throughout the rest of the United States and Europe. His pieces stand in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

“They could represent watchmen or danger or the shadows of a human body after a nuclear holocaust or even my own shadow” (Richard Hambleton quoted in The New York Times, November 3, 2017, online).