On Friday night, the film and art worlds collided. Creative types from all fields came together to celebrate the premiere of Shadowman, which made its debut in New York as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival. The full-length feature’s plot line revolves around the fascinating and entirely true story of the artist Richard Hambleton who shot to fame in the early 1980s before losing it all to a drug addiction that left him destitute and homeless. Tracking his initial success through to the hard times and back again, (Hambleton returned to the art world in 2007 after nearly two decades away), director Oren Jacoby pulls together commentary from art critics, close friends of Hambleton’s, and the artist himself, as well as a vast roll of engaging archival footage.
Born in Vancouver in 1952, Hambleton achieved initial success in Canada in the seventies. Primarily a graffiti artist, he gained notoriety for his shadow paintings which he sprayed on random walls, sidewalks, building sites, and trash cans all over New York City. Hambleton rolled with the big-name art movers and shakers of his day; he is the last surviving member of his peer group which included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. A precursor to Banksy, Hambleton is often referred to as the Godfather of Street Art within his field—a title that he wholly rejects, preferring to label his work as “public art.” Today, the artist is 64 and continues to work and live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
See below for an inside look at Shadowman’s post-screening event at San Remo Café.
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