Richard Hambleton

Jumper, 1990
Acrylic and graphite on paper
60 x 36 in (152.40 x 91.44 cm)
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Hand-signed "R. Hambleton" bottom right

Considered a "godfather" of Street Art, Richard Hambleton is one of the few survivors of the 1980s' revolutionary art movement which spawned from New York's Lower East Side. This work is an excellent early example of his shadowy figures, which blanketed buildings throughout New York (and eventually many cities across Europe), purposefully painted life-size in dense black and positioned in dark alleys to inflict maximum surprise and terror on the unsuspecting viewers who were confronted with them. Hambleton's choice of figural subjects over the tag-based aerosol graffiti (Jean-Michel Basquiat's "SAMO"), as well as the public text art of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger pre-figured the transition towards the Street Art imagery and installation seen decades later in work by Banksy, KAWS, Barry McGee and countless others.

Jumper by Richard Hambleton
Jumper by Richard Hambleton

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