Richard Hambleton, referred to as the Ã¢â¬Ågodfather of street art,Ã¢â¬Â was a pioneering Canadian street artist. He is recognized as a pivotal intermediary between Abstract Expressionism and the popular Ã¢â¬Åart for the massesÃ¢â¬Â graffiti that boomed in the 1980s. Hambleton is best known for his grisly Ã¢â¬ÅShadowmenÃ¢â¬Â and Ã¢â¬ÅHorse and RiderÃ¢â¬Â figures, which he tagged in alleyways and drug-dealing hotspots in Lower Manhattan throughout the 1970s and Ã¢â¬â¢80s. Despite finding early success in New York and showing at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and Ã¢â¬â¢88, Hambleton was largely forgotten in the Ã¢â¬â¢90s and early 2000s, when his personal battles with addiction alienated him from the art world. HambletonÃ¢â¬â¢s work saw a resurgence in the 2010s, with solo shows, major museum retrospectives, and documentaries taking a new look at the seminal role he played in the history of street art.