March 3, 2024


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Keith Haring vs Mr Doodle

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Keith Haring vs Mr Doodle

 I viewed a news item on BBC Breakfast Tv this early morning about a chap identified as Mr Doodle (his actual title is really Sam Cox)

The BBC was dealing with him as if he’d invented a completely new way of making artwork – which is what prompted this post.

In point, it seemed extremely substantially to me as if he’s attempting to emulate the design and style of Keith Haring (1958-1990) – minus the homoerotic / sexual areas of the latter’s do the job. Mr Doodle’s artwork looks to concentration far more on what glimpse like kiddy cartoon people – BUT the fashion of drawing is really, really very similar. (I do surprise at moments what the BBC dropping knowledgeable arts journalists is undertaking to its protection of artwork).

Keith Haring Foundation website
Keith Haring Basis site

Haring was pretty significantly a pop culture artist of the 1980s. I well remember looking through about him at the time and getting absolutely astonished by character and scale of his artworks.

He became an set up artist by 1983 but most well-liked to hold his selling prices lower so that his artwork was additional accessible.

Haring produced the Pop Store in 1986 in the SoHo district of Manhattan, advertising T-shirts, toys, posters, and other objects that clearly show his works—allowing his functions to be obtainable to a more substantial range of individuals. Talking about the Pop Shop in 1989, Haring said: “For the past five or six several years, the rewards I’ve gotten are incredibly disproportionate to what I should have…I make a lot a lot more revenue than what I must make, so it really is a small little bit of guilt, of wanting to give it again.” Wikipedia

His artwork is now administered by the Keith Haring Basis and sold by using the Gladstone Gallery in New York 

Haring’s Really distinct signature design and style has been much copied more than the years by:

  • his fans wishing to generate accolades to his artwork
  • people wishing to make tons of cash from his design – in portion due to the fact Haring’s design is so  very marketable. 

The rationale Mr Doodle received a major location on the BBC is for the reason that he’s doodled his property in Tenterden in Kent – totally just about everywhere. Evidently the neighbours will not thoughts. I am questioning if they may ought to opening the residence to the community is the next action!

See the video from his Twitter account underneath

It struck me that the house in Tenterden might not be wherever he and his spouse basically reside – primarily because of the practically whole absence of furniture (who in fact life like that?). It’s maybe a house which has been transformed to build a internet marketing commodity. It truly is undoubtedly been compensated for by his earlier successes in the marketplace.

Evidently, Mr Doodle has been undertaking

incredibly very well with his doodles in the auction marketplaces and with exhibitions throughout the environment. Indeed he’s been included by the reliable artwork journals and important newspapers.

In an electronic mail, Cox informed Artnet News that he designed his change moi in December 2014, when he was even now an formidable but fairly unassuming pupil in the illustration plan at the University of West England in Bristol. A person fateful working day, he waltzed into course “fully dressed up in my hand-doodled apparel,” at which place the teacher gave him the nickname that now gets auction paddles waving all-around the earth.

Sam Cox is improved acknowledged as Mr Doodle. He describes his drawing design as “OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Drawing” and “expanding drawing virus.” Mr. Doodle’s consumers consist of Adidas, MTV, and Cass Art.

Given that (college), Cox’s do the job has exploded in level of popularity, earning him exhibitions in London and Seoul as properly as a great number of collaborations with models including MTV, Adidas, Fendi, and Puma. His do the job debuted on the secondary marketplace in March 2020 by August of that year, his portray Spring (2019) experienced offered for virtually $1 million at auction. Cox has embraced the theatrical performativity of his Mr Doodle persona, wearing his hand-drawn apparel for general public appearances and establishing an extended mythos for the character.

He seems like a nice personable chap with the electrical power to hold making his artwork – and a incredibly clever branding and publicity/PR agent.

Even so, I should confess I’m allergic to any individual who looks to develop art as a way of creating a branding empire so I am not a admirer.

I’m also not a lover of some of the topics of Haring’s art – but I do quite a lot favor ‘total originals’ rather than what appears to me like a ‘style replica’. 

Whilst recognising that Picasso said 

Great artists duplicate, good artists steal

it still will come throughout to me a bit like individuals stylists who duplicate Parisian couture….. They can be pretty, quite fantastic – but it really is just not the exact same…..

Curiously though Keith Haring has an comprehensive Wikipedia entry – of the artwork background kind –  Mr Doodle has none.

This may well of class modify in the foreseeable future – his PR agent may perhaps just not have received round to it yet…. ) 

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