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Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a professional seller and ships from Lambertville, New Jersey

Hambleton painted this in his basement studio at 2nd Avenue & 2nd Street.

Condition Notes: Work is in very good condition and has been rolled for storage. Sheet has been hand-cut by artist and therefore shows irregular edges. Few …

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Signed and dated to lower right ‘R. Hambleton 02’

Richard Hambleton, referred to as the “godfather of street art,” was a pioneering Canadian street artist. He is recognized as a pivotal intermediary between Abstract Expressionism and the popular “art for the masses” graffiti that boomed in the 1980s. Hambleton is best known for his grisly “Shadowmen” and “Horse and Rider” figures, which he tagged in alleyways and drug-dealing hotspots in Lower Manhattan throughout the 1970s and ’80s. Despite finding early success in New York and showing at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and ’88, Hambleton was largely forgotten in the ’90s and early 2000s, when his personal battles with addiction alienated him from the art world. Hambleton’s work saw a resurgence in the 2010s, with solo shows, major museum retrospectives, and documentaries taking a new look at the seminal role he played in the history of street art.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Richard Hambleton: ShadowmanChase Contemporary
Richard Hambleton | ShadowmanCastle Fine Art
2018
Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970s-1990s, Curated by Marc H MillerJames Fuentes
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Standing Shadow, 2002

Acrylic on Paper
27 3/4 × 23 5/8 in
70.5 × 60 cm
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Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a professional seller and ships from Lambertville, New Jersey

Hambleton …

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated to lower right ‘R. Hambleton 02’

Richard Hambleton, referred to as the “godfather of street art,” was a pioneering Canadian street artist. He is recognized as a pivotal intermediary between Abstract Expressionism and the popular “art for the masses” graffiti that boomed in the 1980s. Hambleton is best known for his grisly “Shadowmen” and “Horse and Rider” figures, which he tagged in alleyways and drug-dealing hotspots in Lower Manhattan throughout the 1970s and ’80s. Despite finding early success in New York and showing at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and ’88, Hambleton was largely forgotten in the ’90s and early 2000s, when his personal battles with addiction alienated him from the art world. Hambleton’s work saw a resurgence in the 2010s, with solo shows, major museum retrospectives, and documentaries taking a new look at the seminal role he played in the history of street art.

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