Richard Hambleton was Banksy before there was a Banksy. In the Seventies and Eighties, he gained attention for his street art of crime scene-style chalk outlines and, in New York, his ‘Shadowman’ series (Red Devil, below). Now works by the ‘godfather of street art’, who died in October, are featuring in a by-appointmentonly exhibition in London this week.
The show is dominated by his distinctive figures but, via a trailer of a new film about him, it also hints at why he disappeared from view. As one critic wrote: ‘Memo to Banksy: You owe Richard Hambleton a small fortune in royalties…’
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