Richard Hambleton (1952-2017)



Born in Vancouver, BC and relocated to NYC in the late 70’s, Richard Art Hambleton is the Godfather of Public 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 Head Portraits, Horse and Riders, and Beautiful Paintings. Hambleton died on October 29, 2017 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
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Selected Press

  1. The New York Times, “Richard Hambleton, ‘Shadowman’ of the ’80s Art Scene, Dies at 65”, Richard Sandomir, November 3, 2017
  2. The Daily Beast, “Richard Hambleton: The Life and Death of a Downtown Art Star”, Anthony Haden-Guest, November 4, 2017
  3. Artnet, “Richard Hambleton, ‘Shadowman’ Artist Who Mesmerized New York’s Downtown Scene, Dies at 65”, Henri Neuendorf, October 31, 2017
  4. Observer, “MoMA Exhibition ‘Club 57’ Salutes the Art of the East Village”, David D’Arcy, November 8, 2017 
  5. CityLab, “The ‘Shadowmen’ Who Preyed on Urban Fear”, Glenn Dixon, November 10, 2017
  6. Vancouver Sun, “Obituary: Vancouver artist Richard Hambleton remembered for fake crime scene outlines”, Kevin Griffin, November 10, 2017
  7. The WOW Report, “#RIP: Artist, Richard Hambleton”, Trey Speegle, November 5th, 2017
  8. Bedford+Bowery, “Banksy Precursor Richard Hambleton Dies at 65, Days Before MoMA Show and Shadowman Film”, By Daniel Maurer, October 31, 2017
  9. Bedford+Bowery, “Boom For Real Considers Jean Michel-Basquiat While Another Doc Recalls His Shadowman”, Daniel Maurer, October 4, 2017
  10. Eli Anapur, Widewalls, A Historical Selection of Richard Hambleton at Woodward Gallery!
  11. Raquel Laneri, The New York Post, “The epic rise and disgusting flamout of the artist who rules 80s New York”, April 15, 2017
  12. Elif Key, Pazr, “The Shadow Man is Alive”, April 30, 2017
  14. Kristine Woodward,, “Richard Hambleton: The American Pop Expressionist,” Winter/Fall, 2014
  15. Sean Corcoran, MCNY, “Painting the Town Black”
  16. “Richard Hambleton Beautiful Paintings” Exhibition, Art Gallery at Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Hook Magazine, March-April 2013
  17. Jen Carlson, Gothamist, “Photos: Revisiting The Godfather Of Street Art, Richard Hambleton”, October 23, 2013
  18. Valerie Gladstone, Bliss Magazine, “Richard Hambleton Shadow Man Comes into the Light
  19.  “Come back Kid, Richard Hambleton”, The Art Economist, Summer 2011
  20. Anita Hackethal, Design Boom Magazine, “Richard Hambleton New York,” February 2010
  21. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Richard Hambleton: New York, September 9-26, 2010
  22. AMFAR- Hambleton paintings for one million dollars, May 20, 2010
  23. French Vogue, 2009
  24. Muse Magazine, 2009
  25. CNN, “Evolution of an Artist: Richard Hambleton”, 2009
  26. Ken Miller,V Magazine, “Maker’s Mark”, Fall 2009
  27. American Arts Quarterly, “Exhibitons: Richard Hambleton,” published by Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, p. 52-53, color illustration, Fall 2007. Vol. 24, No. 4.
  28. Interview with Richard Hambleton and John Woodward, Let Them Talk, 2007
  29. Michael Small, People Magazine, “Headed for the Galleries, Richard Hambleton Casts His Painted Shadows on New York’s Nightlife”, June 4th 1984
  30. Howard Smith, The Village Voice, “Chasing Shadows”, July 6th 1982