What 'Shadowman' artist Richard Hambleton teaches us about art and legacy

Filmmaker Oren Jacoby is raising the profile of Richard Hambleton, a Canadian-born street artist who is only now getting the recognition he never enjoyed in life.
Street artist Richard Hambleton is the subject of a new documentary called Shadowman directed by Oren Jacoby. (Tom Warren)

He inspired the art of Banksy, Basquiat, Warhol, Blek Le Rat and Keith Haring. So why do so few people know about Richard Hambleton? The elusive Canadian-born street artist died last October, and is only now getting the recognition he never enjoyed in life. Part of that is thanks to Oren Jacoby, a filmmaker who collided with Hambleton when they were both young creatives in New York City's art scene.

Tom Power talks to Jacoby about raising the profile of a creator who innovated through mischief, but rejected the business side of art.

Produced by Vanessa Greco

(Courtesy of Andy Valmorbida)
(Courtesy of Andy Valmorbida)


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