Keith Haring

 

Keith Haring (1958-1990) was the leading artist of the graffiti art movement which flourished in New York in the 1980s. Haring's geeky, schoolboy ingénu look belied his savvy knowledge of the media. 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.

 

His artwork-with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion-filtered in to the world's consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, twenty years after his death.