Richard Hambleton Untitled (Shadow Man) 2002
RICHARD A. HAMBLETON (1954-) USA
Untitled (Shadow Man) 2002
Acrylic on paper
Signed: “RHambleton 02”
For more information see: Artists Observed, photographs by Harvey Stein, preface by Corness Capa, essay by Elaine A. King (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1986), p. 121; Capured: A film/video history of the Lower East Side, Clayton Patterson (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005), p. 149, 301 and 530; New, Used & Improved: Art for the 80’s, Peter Frank (New York: Abbeville Press, 1987), 46-48, 50-51 and 60.
Framed: H: 32 5/16” x W: 26 13/16”
*** By repute this portrait painting was of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Hambleton can handle paint. When he throws white or black on the canvas, his waves break, his rodeo rider bucks, a man shot seems blown apart. – Michael Brenson, New York Times, March 30, 1984
During the 1970s, a loosely woven network of aspiring artists made a break into the public venue by raising graffiti to a new level of significance. Richard Hambleton was among a growing number of artists who came to be known as “illegal street artists.” He seemed undaunted by the consequences of being perceived as deviant and moved in and out of the urban alleyways, leaving behind a wake of paper paste-ups, freehand drawings, photos and stenciled images. When Hambleton moved from Vancouver in 1980 he left behind several hundred life-size diazo prints of himself plastered all over the city. Upon his relocation to New York, Hambleton was often spotted with friends that included Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Herring. He continued painting his energized, life-size figures that earned him the label pop-expressionist, a parody on modernity’s generic expressionism.
JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902-1990) Czech Republic
Untitled c. 1930’s
Gelatin silver print
Signed: -1G- (in green ink on back); JAR. RÖSSLER, PRAHA XI, Ti mars.
Koneva 174 (blue stamp on back); CZ 12 and other annotations in pencil on back
Provenance: Monah L Gettner, New York
H: 8 1/8” x W: 6 1/8” (unframed)
H: 18 5/8” x W: 16 1/8” (framed)
Jaroslav Rössler was undoubtedly one of the most important representatives of Czech avant-garde photography during the 1920s and 1930s. His works rank among the most progressive examples of the use of abstract art and Constructivism in photography. Rössler‘s work has been included in numerous international exhibitions and can be found in major museum collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum Folkwang and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
HANK PITCHER (b. 1949) U.S.A.
“Life Guard Tower” c. 2002
Oil on canvas
Signed (on back)
For more information see: Hank Pitcher Surf, exhibit. cat. (Santa Barbara: Sullivan Goss Gallery, 2003); Surfboard Wax – A History, Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005).
Canvas H: 15 7/8” x W: 19 7/8”
Framed: H: 21 3/8” x W: 25 3/8”
Pitcher’s surfboard paintings are the symbol of California beach culture…strong, definite, positive and euphoric statements about life in California. The surfboard’s power as totem is seen in its power to convey identity: surfer, Californian, Hank Pitcher. All are identifiable from this symbolic representation. Hank Pitcher is the voice of California culture. At the beach, in the surf, approaching the foothills, in the mountains, on the spit of Point Conception, in the crags of Big Sur, at a beach campfire in Santa Barbara, Pitcher paints the icons of California’s culture.
Hank Pitcher’s paintings are grounded in a particular sense of place. He was born in Pasadena, California on July 20, 1949, but his family moved to Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, when he was two years old. When they came to Isla Vista it was an outpost on the beach, and Goleta was a farm town where kids rode their horses down the avenue to buy candy at the store. He was a football star at San Marcos High School and was recruited by big-name universities. Instead of football, he chose to attend the College of Creative Studies, an alternative program within the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he now teaches painting. He splits his time between painting and surfing, pursuing each with the commitment and energy of a linebacker.