Taking the format of a children’s story book, The Story Of Red And Blue 8 is a print from Keith Haring’s The Story Of Red And Blue series from 1989. This signed coloured lithograph is a limited edition of 90.
Representative of Haring’s desire to create a visual language that appealed to both children and adults alike, the series is formed of a variety of simplified images reminiscent of children’s fictional characters. Throughout the series Haring limits his colour palette to bright red and blue and renders each image in his distinctive linear style with black rounded lines.
The Story Of Red And Blue 8 features a line drawing of a peacock-like bird without its feathers and its neck formed of bright blue brush strokes. Haring has outlined the image, showing the bird cutting through the frame as it peaks in from the edge. This is a playful and appealing image that is reminiscent of traditional children’s story book illustrations, however throughout the series there seems not to be any cohesive storyline.
Across the first half of the series, each print alternates in colour between red and blue and by the end of the series the two colours appear together in the prints. In each print Haring uses simplified and generic pictograms to produce the effect of a children’s story book without a sensical storyline, where instead the story seems to focus abstractly on the colours red and blue.