Project 1: Keith Haring

November 20, 2013 |  by  |  Project One, Student Work

I chose to use Keith Haring as inspiration for this project. When I was younger, my mom had recreated some of his paintings and hung them above my crib. They’ve stayed in my bedroom since, so his art is something very sentimental meaning to me. I wanted to briefly capture his life in this short animation.

I stole from Haring’s pop art. He uses bright fun colors and heavy black lines.

Haring was born in Reading, PA. He lived there until university. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh before moving to New York City to pursue his own artwork. I illustrated this through animating the iconic Haring baby through Pennsylvania. Flags pop up in these landmark cities, Pittsburgh and Reading. He moves on to New York and the transition happens through the change in color. This scene is brighter and more vibrant for him because it was in NYC where he flourished and thrived as an artist. Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and a year later he established the Keith Haring Foundation. Its purpose is to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for his work. In his final years of his life, Haring used his art to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. I tried to capture this in the red heart that haring used in a lot of this later artwork. The end screen has a link to his foundation.Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.22.30 AMScreen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.23.07 AM Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.23.29 AM