art haus

“Keith Haring’s Ghost” Spreads Message Of Love With Guerrilla Art

keithharingghost_instagramA guerrilla street artist who goes by “Keith Haring’s Ghost” has been beautifying the electric box eyesores of Jacksonville, Florida with images inspired by the late, great Haring as protest to the city failing to pass an equal rights ordinance that would have granted workplace protection based on sexual orientation.

He chose Haring’s distinct style because of what he feels the artist represents — this form of art, he says, emphasizes equal rights, love and peace. We tend to agree.

“What I tried to do is to stick with Keith’s philosophy 100 percent,” he said. “It’s upsetting to live in a city where someone, because of who they love, can be discriminated against their job. It’s pretty weird.”

Jacksonville police are keeping up with the Ghost, taking the art down as soon as it comes up. Perhaps they aren’t aware that street art can improve the fabric of a city, make people happy by bringing novelty to mundane daily commutes and stimulate local economies when word spreads and people come to check it out.

Or maybe they just don’t like the Ghost’s message.

Well since it’s the time of year for love and hearts, we thought we’d share some of our favorite paintings by Keith Haring, the gay artist and activist who carved a place in pop culture with his iconic take on sexuality, love and loss in the 80s.

keithharing

Keith-Haring-Heart-Of-Figures-6384

15740_211472909697_7707374_n

Keith-Haring-Untitled--Logo-Against-Family-Violence---1989-134612

keith-haring-heart

KEITH-HARING-1

August-2013-Haring_0

ignorancefear

K_Haring_19831-800x317

keith-haring-artwork-large-65574

1383847_10152281954839698_503843769_n

keith-haring-the-political-line-retrospective-exhibition-mam-paris-5

391120_10150660806354698_2042934779_n

581570_10151832066204698_989660827_n

450px-Keith_Haring_Berlin-Tiergarten

images

32484_444195949697_1686897_n

Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #art #florida #graffiti stories and more

3 Comments

  • Cam

    Weird that they are so quick to tear down something that actually makes to ugly boxes look better.

  • Richard

    I miss Keith Haring. No telling what he might have achieved. AIDS is a little bitch.

  • Mezaien

    @Richard: YOU SLEEP WITH DOGS, YOU WAKE UP WITH FLEAS!

Comments are closed.