Shadowman, directed and written by Oren Jacoby. (USA)
Now showing at Hot Docs Film Festival April 27 – May 7th 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
In the early 1980s, Richard Hambleton was New York City’s precursor to Banksy, a rogue street artist whose silhouette paintings haunted the sides of Manhattan buildings. Like so many other geniuses of his time, he fell victim to drug addiction, even as his work continued to rise in both demand and value. Shadowman doubles as both a time capsule of a forgotten New York City era, and a redemption story.
The strange, almost menacing shadow done in black paint on the wall gave us an electrifying jolt – recalls Alessandro Riva of GallerySalvatore Ala, while remembering the New York in the 1980s, and his first encounter with Richard Hambleton art. The artist who rose to fame in the 1980s came to NY from Vancouver in the late 1970s. The city he arrived into was a hub for new art, one that will take the world by storm in the next few decades and will be defined as Street Art. With a documentary film about Richard Hambleton ready to be premiered this month in the USA, Woodward Gallery joins in the celebrations of this unique visual creative with the exhibition I Only Have Eyes for You.
Read the full article by Eli Anupur here.
In the early 1980s, a series of shadowy street paintings — life-size monsters and cowboys — loomed large over the East Village. Anticipating the works of Banksy by more than a decade, the unsigned figures were created under cover of darkness on buildings and bridges. They weren’t mere graffiti, but painterly works reminiscent of Jackson Pollock. Downtown residents buzzed about who could be behind them.
The art world knew who it was: a soft-spoken Canadian — often clad in a cravat and sunglasses — named Richard Hambleton.
Read the full article by Raquel Laneri here.
April 4 – May 5, 2017
Richard Hambleton arrived in New York City from Vancouver in the late 70s. His public art of Image Mass Murder on city streets across North America (Chicago, New York, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Banff, Victoria, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles), his play on the Marlboro cigarette man as a Horse and Rider of the ‘80s, and his silhouettes of shadowy figures touring the globe splattered on city streets have brought Hambleton an infamous, cult -like fame. Richard Hambleton traveled to all the European capitals from London to Paris passing through Milan intently placing his Shadowman on the city walls with black paint.
Best expressed by his first reaction to Richard Hambleton’s Shadowman figures around 1984-85, Alessandro Riva of Gallery Salvatore Ala recalls: “We were all more or less in our 20s and that strange shadow worked in black paint with the decisive gesture in the darkest corner of the street the one where we pissed at midnight- was more or less halfway between Abstract Expressionism and a cartoon. That strange black threatening shadow gave us an electrifying jolt! (It was) a clear demarcation from the simplicity of the written graffiti to the beginning of a new era in which everything in the arts, and politics, and everyday life would become much more confused, intertwined, intriguing and threatening in a more subtle, less definitive way.”
The highly anticipated World Documentary Premiere of SHADOWMAN by Oscar nominated director Oren Jacoby opens on April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival! In the early 1980s, Richard Hambleton was New York City’s precursor to Banksy, a rogue street artist whose silhouette paintings haunted the sides of Manhattan buildings. Like so many other geniuses of his time, he fell victim to drug addiction, even as his work continued to rise in both demand and value. SHADOWMAN doubles as both a time capsule of a forgotten New York City era, and a redemption story.
Woodward Gallery exhibits a historical selection of paintings by Artist Richard Hambleton to coincide with the film. The public is welcome to visit 24/7 throughout the exhibition and view original artwork from their Lower East Side Gallery’s street level windows, thereby allowing us to connect with the Shadowman as is the Artist’s vision. Individual requests will be accommodated through private appointments. More work can be seen on RichardHambleton.art.