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Giclée print mounted on aluminium
19.68 x 50.00 in (50.0 x 127.0 cm)
From a limited edition of 50. Signed and dated 2014 (recto), signed and numbered (verso).
Private Collection (UK).
Notes: As the ‘godfather of street art’, Hambleton’s “Shadowman” paintings gained him recognition as they were life-size silhouetted images of a person in black paint, illustrated onto many buildings in New York City. He would paint his menacing figures in dark alleyways or behind a street light in order to exert a physical response from his audience.
When speaking of this project to People Magazine in 1984, Hambleton said: “I painted the town black… [The Shadowmen] could represent watchmen or danger or the shadows of a human body after a nuclear holocaust or even my own shadow”. This project concentrated on the audience’s psyche and played on the notion of knowing what is around the corner. Hambleton later expanded this project to cities such as Paris, Berlin, and London. In 1984, he painted 17 life-size figures on the East Side of the Berlin Wall. He eventually painted these motifs on canvases and paper.
In 2017, the documentary “Shadowman” was created which followed Hambleton’s career and life and premiered a few months prior to his death. It’s undeniable that he inspired a new generation of artists, including Blek le Rat, who first saw Hambleton’s work in Paris as well as the iconic, elusive Banksy. Hambleton participated in the 1984 and 1988 Venice Biennale.