Age range 6 to 14

'I would love to be a teacher because I love children and I think that not enough people respect children or understand how important they are. I have done many projects with children of all ages.' - Keith Haring

From Matthew Burgess, the much-acclaimed author of Enormous Smallness, comes Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring. Often seen drawing in white chalk on the matte black paper of unused advertising space in the subway, Haring's iconic pop art and graffiti-like style transformed the New York City underground in the 1980s. A member of the LGBTQ community, Haring died tragically at the age of thirty-one from AIDS-related complications.

Illustrated in paint by Josh Cochran, himself a specialist in bright, dense, conceptual drawings, this honest, celebratory book honors Haring's life and art, along with his very special connection with kids.



ISBN: 9781592702671
Audience: Children / Juvenile
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 64
Publication Date: 4 Jun 2020
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 31.8(H) x 24.1(L)



"Thirty years after Keith Haring's death of AIDS-related complications, this vibrant picture book brings the iconic pop artist's work and story to the hearts of a new generation. Often featuring a bold black line, Cochran's painterly illustrations drive the narrative-bursting with movement and color-utilizing a wide variety of perspectives and both spot and full-bleed illustrations to dance around the text in a suitably neo-expressionist tribute to the subject. Stylized and simplified figures fill the pages with smiling faces in a broad spectrum of skin tones and body types, opening the door on Haring's passionately held belief that "Art is for everybody." Without erasing or dwelling on any particular aspect of Haring's personal life, author Burgess outlines Haring's relationships with art, with children, and with his partner, Juan DuBose, in straightforward, accessible language-from his childhood in Pennsylvania to his "final mark" in Pisa, Italy (five months before his death)-with the same bold honesty and vibrance visible in his subject's art career. Biographical, author's, and illustrator's notes back up the book, supplementing the broad strokes of the text with finer detail and more individual perspectives on Haring's personal, political, and artistic legacies. An inspired, and inspiring, continuation of Haring's intention." -Kirkus


Author Biography

Matthew Burgess is an Assistant Professor of English at Brooklyn College. He is the author of Slippers for Elsewhere, a poetry collection, and Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, his first children's book with Enchanted Lion Books. Matthew edited an anthology of writing and visual art titled Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space, and currently he is editing a collection of imaginative writing prompts for a forthcoming book with Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Matthew has been teaching poetry in New York City elementary schools since 2001.

Josh Cochran grew up in Taiwan and California. Based in Brooklyn, NY, he works as an artist and illustrator, often painting murals. In 2013, his work on Ben Kweller's Go Fly A Kite received a Grammy nomination for Best Limited Edition Packaging. He has a number of side projects, and sometimes exhibits his work in galleries. This marks his picture book debut.

Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

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