I don't know if you would remember Keith Haring. I had almost forgotten about him until last week when I was on a conference call. One of the engineers I was speaking with was using a Keith Haring painting as his avatar.
Do you remember this?
I remember Keith Haring's subway drawings and I remember when he died. I don't know why I remember I just do. It must have been in the news.
He's pretty famous for this "Radiant Baby" drawing.
I found his style interesting. He doesn't make pretty photorealistic oil paintings on canvas. Haring is a street artist. Some of his large murals still survive today.
I have to admit, I'm not a bit fan of everything he did, but like many people, he had a story to tell. He wanted to get a message across. He looked to draw attention, and he certainly did that.
Keith Haring is an artist whose work I remember almost 30 years after the fact. His style strummed a chord in my memory.
His work is memorable. I like that.
You could throw a lot of criticism his way, but I think he was a product of his time. The social and political issues were as divisive at the time as they are today; maybe even more then.
He was taking a stand. He was making a statement.
I like that our society allows for that kind of free speech and expression. You don't have to like it.
If you want to see more of his work you can visit his website.
He's been gone for nearly 30 years now, so he's not saying much original on social media. Most people don't say much original on social media so ...
I hope this week's artist strikes a chord with you.