Keith Haring vs Mr Doodle

 I watched a information product on BBC Breakfast Television set this early morning about a chap known as Mr Doodle (his serious name is essentially Sam Cox)

The BBC was treating him as if he’d invented a totally new way of developing artwork – which is what prompted this put up.

In truth, it seemed extremely significantly to me as if he’s attempting to emulate the style of Keith Haring (1958-1990) – minus the homoerotic / sexual features of the latter’s get the job done. Mr Doodle’s artwork appears to be to target more on what appear like kiddy cartoon people – BUT the model of drawing is incredibly, really comparable. (I do marvel at situations what the BBC getting rid of skilled arts journalists is doing to its protection of art).

Keith Haring Foundation website
Keith Haring Foundation web page

Haring was really much a pop tradition artist of the 1980s. I well try to remember looking at about him at the time and being absolutely impressed by character and scale of his artworks.

He grew to become an proven artist by 1983 but desired to preserve his selling prices low so that his art was a lot more accessible.

Haring made the Pop Shop in 1986 in the SoHo district of Manhattan, promoting T-shirts, toys, posters, and other objects that display his works—allowing his will work to be available to a larger sized quantity of persons. Talking about the Pop Shop in 1989, Haring said: “For the past 5 or six yrs, the rewards I have gotten are really disproportionate to what I are worthy of…I make a whole lot extra cash than what I should make, so it’s a very little little bit of guilt, of wanting to give it back.” Wikipedia

His artwork is now administered by the Keith Haring Basis and offered by way of the Gladstone Gallery in New York 

Haring’s Very unique signature style has been much copied in excess of the a long time by:

  • his supporters wishing to create accolades to his art
  • these wishing to make a lot of dollars from his design and style – in part simply because Haring’s fashion is so  pretty marketable. 

The reason Mr Doodle obtained a substantial place on the BBC is for the reason that he is doodled his dwelling in Tenterden in Kent – totally in all places. Apparently the neighbours will not thoughts. I am thinking if they may well need to opening the residence to the public is the upcoming step!

See the video from his Twitter account underneath

It struck me that the residence in Tenterden may well not be where by he and his spouse basically reside – primarily since of the practically overall absence of household furniture (who essentially life like that?). It truly is maybe a residence which has been remodeled to develop a promoting commodity. It’s unquestionably been compensated for by his earlier successes in the marketplace.

Evidently, Mr Doodle has been accomplishing

very nicely with his doodles in the auction markets and with exhibitions across the entire world. In truth he is been lined by the respected artwork journals and main newspapers.

In an email, Cox explained to Artnet Information that he developed his change ego in December 2014, when he was nonetheless an ambitious but somewhat unassuming student in the illustration plan at the College of West England in Bristol. One particular fateful working day, he waltzed into course “fully dressed up in my hand-doodled attire,” at which position the teacher gave him the nickname that now receives auction paddles waving about the entire world.

Sam Cox is superior recognised as Mr Doodle. He describes his drawing type as “OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Drawing” and “growing drawing virus.” Mr. Doodle’s customers contain Adidas, MTV, and Cass Artwork.

Considering the fact that (university), Cox’s operate has exploded in attractiveness, earning him exhibitions in London and Seoul as very well as a great number of collaborations with manufacturers which include MTV, Adidas, Fendi, and Puma. His operate debuted on the secondary current market in March 2020 by August of that calendar year, his portray Spring (2019) experienced offered for almost $1 million at auction. Cox has embraced the theatrical performativity of his Mr Doodle persona, donning his hand-drawn garments for community appearances and establishing an extended mythos for the character.

He looks like a good personable chap with the energy to continue to keep developing his artwork – and a pretty clever branding and publicity/PR agent.

Nonetheless, I need to confess I am allergic to anybody who appears to be to build art as a way of developing a branding empire so I am not a fan.

I’m also not a admirer of some of the subjects of Haring’s artwork – but I do quite much choose ‘total originals’ somewhat than what would seem to me like a ‘style replica’. 

When recognising that Picasso said 

Superior artists copy, excellent artists steal

it nonetheless arrives across to me a bit like individuals stylists who copy Parisian couture….. They can be pretty, very good – but it’s just not the exact same…..

Interestingly though Keith Haring has an substantial Wikipedia entry – of the art background type –  Mr Doodle has none.

This may of system transform in the potential – his PR agent may just not have acquired round to it nevertheless…. ) 

By arnia