“Friends, I know I’m in hock to y'all pretty deep already, but it seems our little froggy prince lost his way. And I need your generous assistance getting him back.”

Richard Hambleton, “Godfather of NY street art” (June 1952 – October 29, 2017)

Artist Richard Hambleton, a peer of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring who rose to fame in the 1980s New York art scene, has died aged 65 on 29 October 2017 in New York City. 

Hambleton became known as Shadowman after he painted hundreds of silhouetted figures on the streets of New York, and is credited with sparking the street art movement. 

He fell out of the limelight after lengthy battles with drug addiction and homelessness, but had returned to acclaim in recent years.

Hank O'Neal, ‘Richard Hambleton Shadowman- RKing’, 2009, Woodward