Keith Haring

My next favorite artist goes by the name of Keith Haring. His art is meaningful to me because it’s carefree. To me, his art speaks “do whatever, draw whatever”. There is no reason to hold back because someone might be offended. As an artist, and as a human being SOMEONE will always be offended by what you do. It’s your job to just be you. His art reminds me that I don’t have to put myself in a box. Because in reality the box doesn’t exist. People create one for themselves when they’re afraid of the critics. I also value the simplicity of some of his drawings and paintings. His characters bodies are so simply drawn yet those groups of 3 lines or more bring his pictures to life. They create a focal point in his artwork. The lines may draw you to the impregnated belly of a girl. There are no female attributes but seeing that she’s pregnant our brains assume she is female.

The pictures that lack these lines are even more fun. Reminiscent of the wizard of oz,  you follow the path of lines until the form creates a story and in result, artwork. In Harings work a person could make up any story they wanted to go along with the picture. There are no boundaries, which I can respect and admire in an artist. It gives not only freedom to the creator but also freedom to the spectators.


Keith Haring, accessed September 23, 2010,


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jevans18
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 00:31:19

    Have you seen the line of shoes designed around Keith Haring’s artwork? I just saw them a couple weeks ago, they look pretty crazy.


    • lovewerdz
      Oct 09, 2010 @ 00:40:36

      yesss!! i think i randomly fell upon miranda’s (the girl who plays Carly on iCarly) video and she had some on. I think ima see how much they cost, cuz im in LOOOOVE with the ones she had on 🙂


  2. Janna Rice
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 00:59:37

    I am so glad you discovered Keith! He is a great example of late 20th century postmodernist art, and he died quite young from HIV. Had he not left this world so soon I am certain he would still be a major force in modern art.


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