In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance…but will he take it?SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world. Before Banksy, there was Hambleton.
"Recommended" - Video Librarian "A fine choice for academic libraries supporting degree programs in the fine arts, and especially appropriate for courses surveying 20th-century American art, 'Shadowman' brings Hambleton vividly to life, along with the gritty art scene of 1980s New York." - Barbara J. Walter, EMRO. Recommended.
Over 30 minutes of bonus footage
Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound
- "... intense and involving."
- "... it’s the artist himself, still indomitable of spirit even while looking like a horror film character, who gives Shadowman its grotesque fascination."
- "[A] captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons."
- "CRITIC'S PICK. This intense documentary shows a driven creator walking the walk, so to speak, in the most perverse fashion possible. The story is both repellent and strangely inspiring."
Awards & Recognition
Tribeca Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival