Kay A. Haring, sister of legendary graffiti artist Keith, has just published a book about his life, work and philosophy.
This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist’s great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world.
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, has been a labor of love, she says, that honors her brother’s legacy and gives children the chance to learn about his groundbreaking art.
“The actual content of the story was easy to write about. I wanted to give children an example of his generosity and his easy going, fun-loving personality. There were dozens of scenarios I could choose from where he gave away his artwork or his time to benefit others. Over the years there were a few situations that stood out to me as hallmarks of Keith’s dedication and his care for other people. The difficult part of a story like this is to edit it down to a reasonable length.”
When asked what she wants children to take away from this picture book, Kay A. Haring said, “Dream big, work hard, give back! [Keith’s] drive to share art with people, to paint and draw where all people could experience it, is demonstrated by the murals he did on the streets in New York and in the subway and the six-story building he painted at the Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, France.” She added, “he did these, as he often did, for no compensation and in the early years, he painted without permission and often was fined or criticized. But that didn’t stop him.”
25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Advisory Committee, an organization in their family hometown Reading, PA.
“Keith used his work as a tool for organizations to raise money, to raise awareness and to disrupt society norms,” she continued. “My book tells the story of how Keith kept drawing, no matter who questioned what he was doing or why. I hope the passion he had as an artist is apparent to the kids who read it. I also want to highlight his philanthropy and hope that it inspires children to give back in their own community.”
Pre-order your copy here.