Maddox Gallery co-hosts major Richard Hambleton exhibition in Leake Street Arches, London

12 September 2018|events |Press

Maddox Gallery co-hosts major Richard Hambleton exhibition in Leake Street Arches, London

Maddox Gallery is honoured to co-host an incredible exhibition of paintings by celebrated New York street artist Richard Hambleton (1952–2017) in partnership with Andy Valmorbida, art collector and long-time Hambleton supporter. Comprising over 60 original works and photographs, including many that are rare or previously unseen, this will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s work since his passing.

Richard Hambleton: Life and Work
Maeve Doyle, Oren Jacoby, Robin Barton and Bradley Theodore in conversation
13 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Leake Street Arches, 26 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Richard Hambleton: Shadowman
13 – 15 September 2018
Leake Street Arches, 26 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Richard Hambleton Prints
From 18 September 2018
Maddox Gallery, 112 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RU

Hambleton was at the forefront of the New York street art movement in the early 1980s, paving the way for the commercial success of contemporaries including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and inspiring a new generation of artists including Blek le Rat and Banksy. Often called the ‘godfather’ of street art, Hambleton was the first artist to use the city of New York as his canvas, and the first street artist to attract the attention of the lucrative art market.

Richard Hambleton: Shadowman will take over the Leake Street Arches underneath Waterloo Station from the 13th to the 15th September. The exhibition will showcase many of the artist’s most influential works, including early ‘Shadowman’ canvas paintings, ‘Marlboro’ rodeo horse silhouettes and his ‘Beautiful Paintings’ series of landscapes and seascapes. Iconic photographs of Hambleton’s murals across the streets of New York will also be on display, as captured by photographer Hank O’Neal.

On the evening of 13th September, Maddox Gallery director Maeve Doyle will also be chairing a conversation with Shadowman documentary director Oren Jacoby, contemporary street artist Bradley Theodore and founder of BANKROBBER Management Robin Barton, discussing Hambleton’s fascinating life and creative legacy.

Finally, a display of limited edition Richard Hambleton prints will open at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove on 18 September 2018.

Maddox Gallery co-hosts major Richard Hambleton exhibition in Leake Street Arches, London

Celebrating a contemporary creative talent

“Richard Hambleton was a pioneer of the street art movement in the early 80s and truly paved the way for the phenomenon the genre has become today,” explains Andy Valmorbida from the Richard Hambleton Archive. “I am extremely excited to be able to present this major exhibition of Richard Hambleton’s work, which will be the first exhibition in the world since his death last year and will tell the story of this remarkable, ground-breaking artist.”

“We are immensely proud to be working with Andy Valmorbida and the Richard Hambleton Archive to present the Shadowman exhibition,” says Jay Rutland, Creative Director of Maddox Gallery. “This show is particularly poignant as it is the first retrospective presentation of Hambleton’s work since his death. We are honoured to bring this exhibition to London but, more importantly, to posthumously celebrate a creative talent who undoubtedly left an indelible footprint on contemporary art and who artistically inspired many of the artists we represent today.”

The life of Richard Hambleton

Hambleton began practising as an artist across cities in Canada and the US in the late 1970s. Under the pseudonym Mr Ree, he worked at night, painting pavements with fake police chalk outlines and splashes of blood-red paint to resemble a crime scene.

In the early 1980s, Hambleton moved to New York, where he quickly became known for his black ‘shadowman’ silhouettes that appeared unexpectedly in corners, alleyways and on walls across lower Manhattan overnight. Hambleton’s reputation soared, and he was soon selling his paintings on canvas for high figures. At the height of his fame, critics revered Hambleton as a definitive American Pop-Expressionist artist.

However, preferring to stay away from the limelight, Hambleton soon turned his back on the commercial art world. Battling drug addiction for 20 years, he remained on the periphery of society until the late 2000s, when he was invited to create new work for a hugely successful retrospective supported by Giorgio Armani, which reaffirmed Hambleton’s reputation as the original godfather of street art. In fact, despite addiction to drugs and a period of homelessness, Hambleton continued to make work until his death in 2017.

Hambleton is also the subject of Shadowman, a documentary which marks his life from New York street art scene to global fame. Directed by Oren Jacoby, the acclaimed film was nominated for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, and is due for UK release in 2018.