Richard Hambleton
Richard Hambleton
Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton was a Canadian-born artist, also known as “the godfather” of street art. He was a surviving member of a group that emerged from the New York City art scene during the booming art market of the 1980s, which also included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hambleton’s early works include a public art series called Mass Murder (1976 – 1978) in which he painted “chalk” outlines around the bodies of volunteer “homicide victims” in public areas. Finished with a splash of red paint, these works gave the viewer an impression of a realistic crime scene. After creating roughly 15 of these works around New York, he continued using the city as his canvas for his second street art collection and most notable work – The Shadowman (1980).