Keith Haring is one of the most respected and admired artists of the 20th century.
Born in Pennsylvania, Haring moved to New York in 1978 to study at the city’s School of Visual Arts. He was inspired by New York’s graffiti and street art scene and began creating his own street art in the form of chalk drawings in the subways. During this time Haring developed a bold graphic style that featured figures, dancers, hearts, lines of energy, and most famously, The Barking Dog and The Statue of Liberty.
During the 80s, his artwork became increasingly popular, and his involvement with pop culture saw him shoot to fame. Haring was quick to capitalize on his new-found fan base by opening his own shop in New York’s Soho District called Pop Shop. Keith Haring art enthusiasts could find his paintings and prints as well as t-shirts, toys and posters.
Sadly, Haring died of AIDS-related complications aged just 31. 1989, the year before he died, Haring established The Keith Haring Foundation which perpetuates his legacy through the circulation of his artwork and archives, and by providing grants to children in need and those affected by HIV/AIDS. The Global love and admiration for his artwork lives on as a testament to his talent and his support of causes including anti-apartheid and AIDS awareness.