Keith Haring

Keith Haring (1958-1990) is indisputably one of the most influential and iconic twentieth century artists. Haring’s uncomplicated style and skilful draughtsmanship underpins artwork that communicates on a very basic human level. As a result, his paintings and illustrations are highly accessible and were intended to transcend race, gender and social status.

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Almost like modern day hieroglyphics, Haring's work speaks volumes with only a few brush strokes. We love the simplicity of his compositions, each of which carry strong messages of hope and unity. One of the first artists to cross the boundary between street art and graffiti within the more established world of fine art and gallery representation, Haring’s work remains groundbreaking even today.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania in 1958, he developed a love for drawing at a very young age and was heavily influenced by the cartoons of Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss. While his career was tragically cut short when the artist contracted AIDS in the late 1980s, Haring’s body of art is prodigious and continues to be marvelled at by millions worldwide. Haring’s works can be found today in prestigious collections including MOMA, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington D.C. and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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