Keith Haring – (May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania) He developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him, such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. Organizing exhibitions at Club 57 & other venues. Great influences include his contemporaries; Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin & Robert Henri’s. Giving him push for his own youthful impulses toward a singular kind of graphic expression based on the primacy of the line. Also drawn to the public & participatory nature of Christo’s work, in particular Running Fence, & by Andy Warhol’s unique fusion of art and life, Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art.
- 1980- 1985 Haring noticed the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station & began creating white chalk drawings on blank paper panels throughout the subway system. He produced hundreds of these public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty “subway drawings” in one day. The subway became, as Haring said, a “laboratory” for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines.
- Between 1980 & 1986, Haring achieved international recognition & participated in numerous group & solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York, held at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1982.
- In April 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons and magnets bearing his images. Haring considered the shop to be an extension of his work & painted the entire interior of the store in an abstract black on white mural, creating a striking & unique retail environment. The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work, which was now readily available on products at a low cost. The shop received criticism from many in the art world, however Haring remained committed to his desire to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as possible, & received strong support for his project from friends, fans & mentors including Andy Warhol.
- 1982- 1989, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, often carried social messages, produced more than 50 public artworks globally, many created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centres & orphanages. The now famous Crack is Wack mural of 1986 has become a landmark along New York’s FDR Drive.
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1. VAN DONNA
- Van Donna = Van Gogh + Madonna. Both are the artist’s personal heroes and inspiration.
- An active philanthropist, the artist was selected to donate an original painting sold at the Terrence Higgins Trust annual charitable auction.
- She saw her debut at auctions in Christies’s London successfully selling an original paintings for several thousands of pounds.
- A selection of her artworks was added to the permanent collection of the Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg and the Freud Museum in London. Van Donna’s works have been exhibited in sold-out shows in NYC, Dubai and Riyadh in the show “Riyadh Underground” created by members of the Saudi Royal Family.
- Van Donna counts in celebrity fans like Ringo Starr who picked “All You Need Is Love” as his favourite of her artworks. Top Warhol, Banksy Rothko collectors, global top 500 CEO’s, Royal Families and Heads Of State as well as many celebrities are adding Van Donna artworks to their collections.
- British artist Van Donna recently made the news after the Daily Mail reported that Prince Harry added her diptych ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ to his own collection, presumably as a love gift for his now bride-to-be Meghan Markle.
- Culminating with a recent commission by Sir Elton John, who added a gorgeous painting on 2 canvases to his personal collection last week, just in time to celebrate his imminent ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ World Tour, Van Donna’s meteoric rise seems unstoppable.
- Van Donna has so far enjoyed massive press coverage by People, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Grazia, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Insider, Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Express, Hello!, Mirror, Glamour, Metro, Conde Nast Traveler, Artnet, Yahoo!, IBT, OK!, 9 Honey, Pop Sugar, MSN, 93.7FM, Female First, Whimn, Kiis 101.1, Daily Star, Brides, Bustle and the list goes on…
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- The creator of the “GoodFellas” spoof piece – a true smash and irresistibly relevant – E$COBAR’s tag name comes from Pablo Escobar, antihero of the Netflix smash series Narcos.
- His artworks explore the Western world’s culture, its values and its contradictions appealing to the Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern cultures at the same time.
- Global top 500 CEO’s, Royal Families, Heads Of State as well as many celebrities, football players and TV personalities are adding his works to their collections.
- E$COBAR has been featured in sold-out shows in London, NY, Dubai and Riyadh, sold pieces at auctions and had a dedicated one night event at London’s top night club Maddox.
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Dubbed “The female Banksy”, street artist Bambi, whose fans range from Robbie Williams to Rihanna, reveals the importance of social issues and feminism to her work – but offers few hints as to her identity.
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