May 11, 2010
You might not have heard of him, but he truly was one of the greatest graphic designers of the 1980's. Inspired by graffiti works in NY, he also was an excellent street artist, becoming world famous.
Haring achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York. The exhibitions were filmed by the photographer Tseng Kwong Chi. Around this time, "The Radiant baby" became his symbol. His bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures carry strong messages of life and unity. Starting in 1980, he organized exhibitions in Club 57. He participated in the Times Square Exhibition and drew, for the first time, animals and human faces. In 1981 he sketched his first chalk drawings on black paper and painted plastic, metal and found objects.
In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. He established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children's programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. He died in 1990. His style is a true reference for us, designers of the 2000's, through his bright colors and unique style. If you want to read more about Keith, you may check out at wikipedia and for more of his works, visit the his foundation's website. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers!