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Signed Print Edition of 170
H 65cm x W 80cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
This signed lithograph from 1987 is a limited edition of 70 by Keith Haring. Man On Dolphin shows a lively, figurative image with the central character flying through the air on a dolphin. Below him, four dancing figures wave their arms with joy as they float in the dotted body of water. This print is depicted in Haring’s simplistic linear style and rendered exclusively in black and white.
Recalling Haring’s early Subway Drawing series from 1980–1985, Man On Dolphin exudes a sense of joy due to his use of energy lines and shows one of his most iconic symbols, the dancing figure. The subject matter of this print is almost identical to the Pop Shop Quad V (1989) that shows a joyful scene of swimming dolphins, walking dolphins and androgynous figures.
The simplistic form and positive visual language of Man On Dolphin is representative of some of Haring’s most iconic works. Inspired by popular culture animations like Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss and Looney Tunes, as well as the Pop Art Movement of the 1960s, Haring’s work sought to bridge the gap between high art and popular culture. Indeed, works such as Man On Dolphin appealed to a wide audience of children and adults alike.