Vancouver, 1954 - 2017

Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton was born on July 23, 1952 in Vancouver, Canada where he also received his BFA in Painting and Art History at the Emily Carr Institute of Art in 1975. Many consider Hambleton, a true contemporary of the foremost radiant children of the booming ’80’s-Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat-to be the undisputed “Godfather of Street Art”.

Hambleton first gained notoriety in 1976 for his Mass Murder series where he painted whitebodied outlines and utilized red paint to act as “blood" to mimic gruesome crime scenes; he had created over 600 outlines in over 50 cities around North America hoping to convince people that there was a real serial-murderer on the loose. Shortly after, Hambleton moved to New York City in the early 1980’s where he began his Shadowman...

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Biography

Richard Hambleton was born on July 23, 1952 in Vancouver, Canada where he also received his BFA in Painting and Art History at the Emily Carr Institute of Art in 1975. Many consider Hambleton, a true contemporary of the foremost radiant children of the booming ’80’s-Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat-to be the undisputed “Godfather of Street Art”.

Hambleton first gained notoriety in 1976 for his Mass Murder series where he painted whitebodied outlines and utilized red paint to act as “blood" to mimic gruesome crime scenes; he had created over 600 outlines in over 50 cities around North America hoping to convince people that there was a real serial-murderer on the loose. Shortly after, Hambleton moved to New York City in the early 1980’s where he began his Shadowman series which depicted ominous, silhouettes painted in unsuspecting corners, alleys, and side streets. He had painted over 400 of these figures across New York and embedded himself in the Lower East Side’s art scene alongside contemporaries like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His early Shadowman period led to shadow images of bucking horses and riders on walls and canvases in 1984, also known as his Marlboro Man series - the cowboy figure whose macho image promoted cigarettes for decades. At one point, he abruptly switched to painting seascapes and colorful landscapes, before eventually returning to his shadowy figures after realizing it was his most successful approach to his artistic practice. At 65, Richard Hambleton passed away on October 29, 2017 in New York City.

Richard Hambleton’s paintings and works on paper have been shown and are continually exhibited internationally in world-class galleries and museums. His artwork has been represented in the Venice Biennale in 1984 and 1988 and his work is part of numerous permanent collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Hambleton also helped found the Pumps Centre for Alternative Art in Vancouver in the 1975. After a career remarkable for its bold creativity, longevity, and constant conflict with the fame his work attracted, Richard Hambleton remains unknown to many, yet his influence is everywhere.

Artworks

19

Six Jumping Shadowmen, 2019

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Acrylic Paint / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Canadian Art / Canvas / Contemporary Canadian Art / Daily Life Experience / Everyday Objects / New York / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Site-specific Installation / Street Art / Using Unusual Tools and Materials

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1975

    BFA Painting and Art History, Emily Carr School of Art, Vancouver, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Chase Contemporary "Shadowman" New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “Richard Hambleton Life on Paper” New York, NY

  • 2018

    The Curtain Club “Shadowman Private Screening” London, UK

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Chase Contemporary “We Were Here | East x West Coast” New York, NY

  • 2018

    James Fuentes Gallery “Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970-1990’s” New York, NY

  • 2017

    Alpha 137 Gallery “Art Ephemera” New York, NY

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Education

  • 1975

    BFA Painting and Art History, Emily Carr School of Art, Vancouver, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Chase Contemporary "Shadowman" New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “Richard Hambleton Life on Paper” New York, NY

  • 2018

    The Curtain Club “Shadowman Private Screening” London, UK

  • 2017

    Woodward Gallery “I Only Have Eyes For You” New York, NY

  • 2013

    Rockefeller State Park Reserve “Beautiful Paintings” Sleepy Hollow, NY

  • 2011

    Phillips de Pury & Company “Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective” New York, NY

  • 2010

    The Diary “Richard Hambleton: The Godfather of Street Art” London, UK

  • Armani at the State Museum of Modern Art of the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

  • “Richard Hambleton New York” presented by Andy Valmorbida, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in collaboration with Giogio Armani Moscow, RUS

  • “Richard Hambleton New York” presented by Andy Valmorbida, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in collaboration with Giogio Armani, Milan, ITL

  • “Richard Hambleton New York” presented by Andy Valmorbida, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in collaboration with Giogio Armani, amFAR Annual Benefit

  • 2009

    “Richard Hambleton New York” presented by Andy Valmorbida, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in collaboration with Giogio Armani and Woodward Gallery New York, NY

  • 2007

    Woodward Gallery “The Beautiful Paintings” New York, NY

  • 2002

    Studio Andrea Gobbi “Shadows and Landscapes” Rome, ITL

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Chase Contemporary “We Were Here | East x West Coast” New York, NY

  • 2018

    James Fuentes Gallery “Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970-1990’s” New York, NY

  • 2017

    Alpha 137 Gallery “Art Ephemera” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “Introducing Woodward Gallery Windows” New York, NY

  • 2016

    ACA Galleries “Paper Through the Ages: Drawings and Prints” New York, NY

  • NYU Kimmel Gallery “Scribble, Scratch, Paint - Once Removed” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “Fall Salon” New York, NY

  • 2015

    Xippas Gallery “Réelles Distorsions” Paris, FR

  • Manny Cantor Center “All | Together | Different” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “20in15” New York, NY

  • 2014

    Woodward Gallery “Sur-Real” New York, NY

  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy “Loisaida” Adonver, MA

  • 2013

    David Phillips and Woodward Gallery “Ghost Girl Corn Maze”Poughquag, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “From the Street Up” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “Print” New York, NY

  • 2011

    Samuel Owen Gallery and Woodward Gallery “On Every Street” Greenwich, CT

  • MoCA “Art in the Streets” Los Angeles, CA

  • Donnell Library Building “Pantheon: A History of Street Art” New York, NY

  • 2010

    The Remy Toledo Gallery “Never Can Say Goodbye” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery “BIG Paper Winter” New York, NY

  • 2008

    Kunsthalle Wien “Punk: No One Is Innocent” Vienna, AT

  • Wilde Gallery “Off the Wall, From Vandalism to Urban Art” Berlin, DE

  • Milk Gallery at Philips de Pury “Stoked Benefit Art Auction” New York, NY

  • Woodward Gallery at Park Avenue Armory “Works on Paper” New York, NY

  • 2007

    Milwaukee Art Museum “Contemporary Art Society Benefit Auction” Milwaukee, WI

  • Ad Hoc Art “Behind the Seen” Brooklyn, NY

  • City of Brea Art Gallery “The Media: Reaction, Reflections, and Comments on the Culture of Media” Brea, CA

  • 2006

    Woodward Gallery “Gallery Artists ’06-’07” New York, NY

  • Grey Art Gallery “The New York Art Scene 1974-1984” New York, NY

  • 2005

    Hal Bromm Gallery “Vintage East Village” New York, NY

  • 2004

    New Museum of Contemporary Art “East Village USA” New York, NY

  • 2003

    Winter Palace “The Green Home Show” Staten Island, NY