Keith Haring’s iconic art was closely informed and influenced by the unique environment of New York City. Haring’s earliest works were chalk sketches on the NYC subway; a literal underground artist. He once claimed that he “arrived in New York at a time when the most beautiful paintings being shown in the city were on wheels, on trains”.
The pulse of energy and life of New York inspired Haring to reflect what he saw onto the chalky surfaces of the New York underground walls. Inspired by the vibrancy of the city and its people, his art is filled with lines and curves bouncing with movement.
Haring was creating art in public, for the public. Haring sought to bring the art world back from the grasp of upper class elitists. He stated that “Art is for everyone”.
“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.” – Keith Haring.