Richard Hambleton “Shadows and Blood, Richard Hambleton’s New York”

Dorian Grey Gallery

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Dorian Grey Gallery works with esteemed art collector & friend Robert Murphy for our next installation: Shadows and Blood, Richard Hambleton’s New York. This important exhibition is largely curated by Mr. Murphy from his personal collection and covers almost 30 years of work by Richard Hambleton. On display will be a diverse selection of iconic paintings and works on paper from the 1980’s Shadowman Series, to the more sublime Beautiful paintings, and the rarely exhibited Blood paintings.

It’s import to note how this exhibition is much more than just one man’s focus on a particular artist but more of journey into the relationship of how these two men are closely bound by deep appreciation of art and the period of time from whence it came. Robert first met Richard in 1989 at a gallery on Bond Street as the two were discussing a subway work by Keith Haring. Turns out Bob had studied at SVA (School of Visual Arts) while Haring was an undergraduate, along with pals Kenny Scharf, Jed Garret & Rodney Alan Greenblatt. Together they recalled stories about working with these young artists and even how Basquiat would skulk into SVA to use the studios even though he was not a student. A quick friendship was born and through the following decades Murphy was not only a patron of this pioneering street artist but became a savior during numerous times of personal crisis that Hambleton encountered. At times of homelessness, addictions, and health, scares Robert Murphy was there to help provide everything from financial support to ” Marlboro cigarettes & cheese burgers”. Bob even provided studio space and raw painting materials for Richard to execute large scale canvas works - some in excess of over 20 feet in length. Over the years the Murphy collection grew exponentially to include numerous import works by Basquiat, Haring, Greenblatt, Scharf and other East Village alumni; at one point exceeded over 150 works by Hambleton alone! Recently, Hambleton & Murphy have both experienced difficult times of health thus this exhibition was the realization of life long goal to have these important works on display in one comprehensive venue. Through the years their friendship has ebbed & flowed but they still remain close and in frequent contact. Murphy is a dedicated Hambleton collector and is “committed to continue to supporting one of the most fantastic artists from the 1980’s”.



from October 09, 2014 to November 09, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-10-09 from 18:00 to 21:00

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