Yet another Google Doodle dedicated to an American artist – Keith Haring, who was inspired by street styles and dance music of the 1980s and mentored by Andy Warhol. The doodle is featured on Google’s home page on the occasion of the 54th birthday of the great artist.
The doodle uses normal Google colours – blue, red, yellow and green, but it has been created in a way, which looks beautiful and energetic. it is designed to show a set of people dancing forming the letters “Google.”
Keith was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in in Kutztown with his mother, Joan Haring, and his father, Allen Haring, who was a cartoonist. From his childhood days, Keith showed keen interest in art, and from the year 1976 to 1978 he studied commercial art at The Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh. He then moved on to study Fine Arts.
At the end of his teen-age, he moved to New Your City, and got inspired by graffiti art, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. He came into public attention when he started off with his chalk drawings on the New Your subway in the late 1970s.
He then achieved fame and recognition in the 1980s, and also took part in several exhibitions. All his career life, he devoted a lot of time to public works, which often carried social messages.
In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. He spent the last couple of years of his life is spreading awareness about this disease. Haring passed away at a young age of 31, due to an AIDS related complication. His most renowned work was ‘The Radiant Baby,’ which later became his symbol. After he passed away, a musical of the same name was also created in his memory.
Here are some of his works available on Wikipedia –
Watch the video of Keith Haring painting a giant mural as part of his artist residency at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center –