Keith Haring — world famous artist and social activist from New York, he was openly gay and died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at the age of 31.
Keith was born on May 4, 1958. He grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. He started to draw right away.
After high school, he went to art school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a year. He started making big drawings, and when he was 19, he he had his first public show.
In 1978, Keith moved to New York City to go to a different art school. He loved being in the big city. There were big museums with all kinds of art. There were many young artists working in his neighborhood. And there was a lot of energy on the street.
In New York he found his style.
“I bought a roll of oak-tag paper and cut it up and put it all over the floor and worked on this whole group of drawings. The first few were abstracts, but then these images started coming. They were humans and animals in different combinations. Then flying saucers were zapping the humans. I remember trying to figure out where this stuff came from, but I have no idea.”
“Ashley Wood (1971) was born in Australia, and now resides in Australia and The United States. He lives with his wife, his two sons, and one stinky cat.
Ashley has been a professional illustrator for over ten years, and has worked for most major entertainment companies including Dreamworks SKG, Warner Bros., Random House, Marvel Comics, McFarlane Entertainment, IDW, and Konami.
His illustration technique is a combination of traditional painting techniques, coupled with digital photography and graphic software. ” via Ashley Wood’s homepage