‘The drawings I do have very little to do with classical, post-Renaissance drawings where you try to imitate life or make it appear to be life-like. My drawings don’t try to imitate life, they try to create life, try to invent life. That’s a much more so-called primitive idea, which is the reason that my drawings look like they could be Aztec or Egyptian or Aboriginal or all these other things, and why they have so much in common with them. It has the same attitude towards drawing: inventing images. You’re sort of depicting life, but you’re not trying to make it life-like. I don’t use colours to try to look life-like, and I don’t use lines to try to look life-like. It’s also much more Pop, I guess, after growing up in a really carbon- and comic- dominated period. And, also, growing up with Pop art’ (C. Flyman, “Interview with Keith Haring, September 26, 1980” in G. Celant, Keith Haring, Munich 1992, p. 116).
*Keith Haring, Untitled, signed and dated ‘K. Haring 83’ (on the reverse) acrylic and fuorescent marker on carved wood. Executed in 1983