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Richard Hambleton
The first American Pop Expressionist

Richard Hambleton, The ArtistsJumping Shadow (Sonic Shadowman)
Portrait of Richard Hambleton

Born in Tofino, Vancouver Island, 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.

Reed Enger, "Richard Hambleton, The first American Pop Expressionist," in Obelisk Art History, Published May 31, 2018; last modified January 28, 2019, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/richard-hambleton/.

Richard Hambleton was a Canadian Street Art born on June 23, 1952. Hambleton contributed to the Post Modernist movement, worked in the United States and died on October 29, 2017.

I Only Have Eyes For You, Richard Hambleton

I Only Have Eyes For You

1980
Fountain of Youth, Richard Hambleton

Fountain of Youth

1982
Dusseldorf, Richard Hambleton

Dusseldorf

1982
Naples, Richard Hambleton

Naples

1982
Frieiburg, Richard Hambleton

Frieiburg

1982-1983
Jumping Shadow, Richard Hambleton

Jumping Shadow

1983
Vienna, Richard Hambleton

Vienna

1983
Jumping Shadow (Sonic Shadowman), Richard Hambleton

Jumping Shadow (Sonic Shadowman)

1983-1984
Marlboro, Richard Hambleton

Marlboro

1984
Shadowman Amsterdam, Richard Hambleton

Shadowman Amsterdam

1984
Shadowman Berlin, Richard Hambleton

Shadowman Berlin

1984
Rain, Richard Hambleton

Rain

1985
Wave, Richard Hambleton

Wave

1985
Wave Length, Richard Hambleton

Wave Length

1985
Jumping Shadow (3 red -lined boxes, sonic spinners), Richard Hambleton

Jumping Shadow (3 red -lined boxes, sonic spinners)

1986-1988
Magic Man, Richard Hambleton

Magic Man

1993
Bloodscape, Richard Hambleton

Bloodscape

1992-1994
Bloodscape, Richard Hambleton

Bloodscape

1992-1994
Bloodscape, Richard Hambleton

Bloodscape

1992-1994
Gang of Three, Richard Hambleton

Gang of Three

1984-1994
Shadow Cat, Richard Hambleton

Shadow Cat

1999
Magdalena, Richard Hambleton

Magdalena

2007
December Horse and Rider, Richard Hambleton

December Horse and Rider

2014
Shadow Head Portrait, Richard Hambleton

Shadow Head Portrait

2014

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