Richard Hambleton is one of the greatest talents to emerge from the 1980s “Neo-Expressionist” movement. Described as the “godfather of street art,” Hambleton’s omnipresent shadow figures splattered on brick walls in the East Village and Soho were dubbed “street realism” by the art press of the period. The lone survivor of the triumvirate of Haring, Hambleton and Basquiat, the artist has not yet achieved the stratospheric price points of his late contemporaries. His most popular subjects include the shadow figures, seascapes and the much sought after rodeo riders or Marlboro Men. No one since Pollock has flung paint with such passion and chaotic control.
Photo Source: Life Magazine, May 1985, "The Art Scene, Far Out’s In: Young Artists Paint New York’s East Village Golden," photograph of Hambleton’s “Paint Tossed Waves”.