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Richard Hambleton
Ice Cream, 2016

Starting bid: $200,000

Painted 1977 Chevy Van, black acrylic on aluminum, fiberglass and glass, neon

190 x 74 x 107 in (482.6 x 188 x 271.8 cm)

Edition 1 of 1

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artist biography

Richard Hambleton is the pioneer and godfather of Street Art movement and was one of the most important figures of the downtown New York 1980s art scene, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. As a conceptual artist, Hambleton produced work using the urban canvas to evoke public reaction. He was reputed to be an elusive genius. Richard Hambleton is the original Pop Expressionist, creating unforgettable images that have permeated our collective consciousness for over three decades. By the start of the 1980s Hambleton expanded his street art to a successful studio practice with his artworks outselling even those of Basquiat and Haring. In the late 1980s, however, Hambleton retreated from the art world, refusing to be commercially represented. But his reputation as one of the few living masters meant that his escape from the spotlight would always be short-lived. In the past few years, interest in his work has seen a major worldwide resurgence in reaction to his clear genius. Hambleton is the subject of an important documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival just a few weeks ago.

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