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Colorful Figures by Keith Haring

Keith Haring, a worldwide famous American artist, whose works initially remind prehistoric art. His paintings with schematic depictions of human figures and animals constitutes rows of repetitive patterns. Inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphic, the painter explained his attitude toward the sign and symbol: “I am intrigued with the shapes people choose as their symbols to create language.” “There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines, that becomes a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.”

Colorful figures seem to dance on the black background, resembling the flashes of bright lights. Reducing drawings to several lines, the painter creates symbolic alphabetical system. Cartoon-like artworks by Haring are commonly political statements, that can be found everywhere, on the high street, on the gallery wall, in collectors’ homes. The artist explained his shift from abstraction, especially, by the possibility of the universal impact of signs and symbols, that people of all languages can read. Captivated by the theory of communication, Haring chose the primitive code to speak and motivate.


Displayed work “Colorful figures”, that is full of action and interplay might correlate with our Jerusalem collection, that has a variety of Chasidic dancing depictions, such as by Ora Nissim or Yosef Douer. Prayers fly in the dreams and worship and, therefore, pick up spectators. Idea of shared information and knowledge, that is the basis for the universal practice is aspirational.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. The gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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