Richard Hambleton


Born in Vancouver, BC and relocated to NYC in the late 70’s, Richard Art Hambleton is the Godfather of Street Art who used the urban canvas to evoke public reaction. He is reputed as an elusive genius after the early deaths of his colleagues Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Hambleton is the original American Pop Expressionist with unforgettable images that have permeated our collective consciousness for four decades now. His celebrated works include acclaimed series known as Image Mass Murder, Marlboro Man, Shadow Man, Shadow Portraits, Horse and Riders, and Beautiful Paintings.

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Selected Press

  2. Kristine Woodward,, “Richard Hambleton: The American Pop Expressionist,” Winter/Fall, 2014
  3. Anita Hackethal, Design Boom Magazine, “Richard Hambleton New York,” February 2010
  4. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Richard Hambleton: New York, September 9-26, 2010
  5. “Evolution of the Artist,” CNN feature with Rupa Mikkilineni. Aired November 13, 2009
  6. Ken Miller,, “Maker’s Mark,” August 2009.
  7. Nicolas Trembley, French Vogue, “L’ombre en lumiére,” September 2009.
  8. David Ebony, Art in America, “Richard Hambleton,” with color illustration, March 2008, p. 172-173.
  9. American Arts Quarterly, “Exhibitons: Richard Hambleton,” published by Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, p. 52-53, color illustration, Fall 2007. Vol. 24, No. 4.
  10. Roberta Smith, “Review: East Village USA, Looking Back on the Flurry of the Far Side, “The New York Times, December 10, 2004.
  11. Michael Brenson, “Review/Art; Straitened Landscapes of a Post-Modern Era, “The New York Times, January 13, 1989
  12. Holland Cotter, “Richard Hambleton,” Arts Magazine, September 1985, p. 22.
  13. Michael Brenson,“Art of Protest Attempts to Shock and Mobilize,” The New York Times, April 19, 1985.
  14. Life Magazine, May 1985, “The Art Scene, Far Out’s In: Young Artists Paint New York’s East Village Golden,” Feature article by Todd Brewster with 2-page color photograph of Hambleton’s “Paint Tossed Waves” by Joe McNally, page 1, 48 and 49.
  15. “Allen Ginsberg Posing with a Shadowman Figure,” Photo by Hank O’Neal, East Village, Fall 1984.
  16. People Magazine, Arts Section, June 4, 1984, with illustrations.
  17. Garcia, Esther, “New York: The Greening of Graffiti”, International Herald Tribune, January 8-9, 1983, with illustration of “Fountain of Youth.”
  18. Nina Garfinkel, “Richard Hambleton,” East Village Eye, April 1983