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Richard Hambleton (Canadian, b. 1952–2017)

Richard Hambleton was a contemporary American-Canadian graffiti artist, Often referred to as the “godfather of street art.” Along with his contemporaries Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hambleton painted directly on the streets of New York and achieved success during the art boom of the 1980s. Born in June of 1954 in Vancouver, Canada, he was best known for his Image Mass Murder series, wherein he painted chalk outlines around volunteer “victims” splashed red paint, thereby leaving fictional and violent crime scenes behind in over 15 cities. As time passed, Hambleton gradually transitioned to work in the studio, producing a body of work he titled the Beautiful Paintings. “I’ve been doing public art for a long time, and studio work, and there’s a relationship between the two of them,” he remarked of the shift in his practice. A reclusive artist, Hambleton lived and worked in New York City’s Lower East Side until his death on October 29, 2017.

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2018 was a bumper year for the contemporary art market, showing significant growth quarter on quarter from May 2017. Most significantly, it marked the first fiscal year in which the...
D'STASSI ART AND CONTRA GALLERIES BROUGHT TWO STREET ART CULTURES TOGETHER AT NYC VIA LDN, PRESENTED BY WHITEHOT MAGAZINE

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THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET

THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET

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D'STASSI ART PRESENTS - 'NYC STREET LEGENDS'

D'STASSI ART PRESENTS - 'NYC STREET LEGENDS'

On Friday 23rd November, D'Stassi Art are taking the events space by storm. A collaboration with Blast Skates at the Hoxton Hotel promises to be a highlight in London’s cultural calendar.
RICHARD HAMBLETON 'THE SHADOWMAN'

RICHARD HAMBLETON 'THE SHADOWMAN'

Richard Hambleton, also known as "the Shadowman" is a Canadian born conceptual artist predominantly known for his unnerving street art which emerged in downtown NYC in the 1980's. "I paint...