As Google updates their logo in honor of what would have been Keith Harings’ 54th birthday this week,  I wanted to share a post I wrote about my dear friend for the Keith Haring Foundation a few years ago.

Keith Haring

With my friends Vuk, and Keith Haring on my 30th birthday in Paris

It meant so much to me to share what Keith was like from a friends’ perspective, because he was an equally special and supportive friend to those lucky enough to have crossed orbits with him.

Google made me smile, and it never ceases to amaze me what an indelible mark Keith left behind. His art is instantly recognizable to generations born long after his tragically early demise, plus his foundation continues to help the people he cared so much about two decades later! That is an incredible accomplishment for any

Keith Haring, Tatjana Rhodes, gingerbread art

Tatjana videoing the Keith Haring Gingerbread Cookies

human being, but for one who left us so young – it is beyond outstanding! My favorite character of Keith’s was the baby. He loved children. So much so, that when Tatjana came along he wanted to come paint murals all

Keith Haring gingerbread cookies

My ode to a dear friend and very special man

over her nursery walls. It only seemed fitting that we create something for him too, so together we made Keith Haring gingerbread cookies for Christmas a few years ago.

Keith Haring painting

Tatjana and I admiring Keith, and the baby today

You may have left us too way early, Keith, but you will never be forgotten. Happy birthday to you on whatever cloud you are painting at the moment – we love you!

Click here if you would like to watch the video on how to make Keith Haring gingerbread art, and members can access the recipe on my site.

Keith made his art accessible to the masses through his Pop Shop. This Swatch watch was among my treasured collection until Tatjana, age five at the time, thought it belonged to another friend (I had loaned it to her), and it would be hilarious to flush it down the toilet. Needless to say, she was in the doghouse for a long time over that one! Please tell me in the comments section below what Keith Haring artwork is your favorite? Or how has Keith touched your life?

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  • May 8, 2012
    12:35 pm

    I love watching your Keith Haring cookies video because it’s not just about baking, it’s a very sweet and poignant time between mother and daughter, thanks to Keith.

    My favorite Keith Haring memory – when I was a teenager way back when in New York City, I stumbled upon an Ignorance = Fear/Silence = Death Act Up poster.

    It was the first time in my life where I realized that art was so much more than home decor. It was a way to bring awareness to the world.

    That poster triggered an enormously prolific artistic period in my life.

    Jewels, you are such a fortunate woman who got to know one of our greatest art and activist treasures.

    • May 8, 2012
      5:59 pm

      Wow Jodi, I had no idea it was Keith’s work that first inspired you to be the artist you are today! That is so cool!

      • May 9, 2012
        5:44 am

        It was a pivotal moment in my life when I saw that poster. And then I started seeing it on subway cars. And it became ubiquitous. And his messages were so incredibly powerful without compromising his uniqueness and style.

        Up until that point in my life I was drawing and painting things because I thought they were cool. Aesthetics and not much more. I’d copy other artists’ styles to learn more technique-wise, but didn’t look inward whatsoever.

        He was the catalyst that sparked me to dig deep and learn about myself and what I believe in and not be afraid to express that visually.

  • May 8, 2012
    2:34 pm

    The angel, the dog, the cover for “A Very Special Christmas” and same as Eldwenne… Ignorance = Fear/Silence … so hard to pick just one. I had three Swatches but none were as cool as this one.

    I guess not knowing someone would normally make it difficult for them to effect you but with an artist, they make it more than possible. When I look at his work, there is always a little sadness and waxing nostalgia but then you are transported to that level of consciousness only art can take you. That is what I am most grateful for. Music can do it a bit… dance… but looking at a piece of art really takes you away from where you are if even for a moment. What a trip.

    • May 8, 2012
      3:08 pm

      Rachel, that is so well said, “…you are transported to that level of consciousness that only art can take you.”

  • May 8, 2012
    11:31 am

    I’ve been a fan of Keith Haring’s work since the eighties, so I cannot say that I have a singular favorite piece. However, my most recent favorite Haring “pieces,” if you will, are my diaper bag for my new baby girl and some very funky bibs (to be used in a few months)–all by Bumkins©. Keith’s work is so playful and bright; how could I adopt an “everything-must-be-pink” approach when I can surround myself with so much FUN?!

    • May 8, 2012
      5:57 pm

      Too right Lola – besides, kids love bright primary colors. Congratulations on your little baby girl – may she never flush anything Keith Haring down your toilet!

      • May 20, 2012
        2:15 pm

        Thanks, Jewels! Crossing my fingers! ;-)

  • May 8, 2012
    6:04 pm

    That reminds me of the Jean Cocteau drawings I collected when I lived in Paris. I was obsessed with Paris of the 1920’s, and his drawings brought it all to life for me. I never hung them on the wall, because I liked to rearrange them, so they would take me on a different journey everyday.

    • May 9, 2012
      5:40 am

      You so need to post pics of these!

  • May 9, 2012
    4:27 am

    When I saw that on Google I thought of you. I am not sure what my favorite piece would be but overall he was an amazing artist – and stands out as unique and distinct. Not too much of that going on in the world, it seems like everything has been done. Sad he was gone so soon.

    • May 10, 2012
      9:31 am

      Pam, there are no boundaries to what can be created, only a lack of imagination or the will to take risks and follow our passions. I agree – it is sad we lost him so young, but at least he was amazingly prolific, so we still have so much to discover and enjoy today. His work always brings a smile to my face, and that is exactly how he would want me to remember him.

  • May 9, 2012
    7:00 am

    My mom took me to a Haring , Clementi and Warhol exhibit at our local art museum. This was big news in Worcester Massachusetts. We went 2 times. I had learned about him in my art classes. Seeing the actual work was magical. I was in junior high. I remember that she bought me a day planer in the museum shop. With Haring pictures for each month. His art made me happy and spawned elaborate haring doodles all over my book covers lol Which she kept :) He had heart xo

  • May 10, 2012
    9:33 am

    He had an immense talent and heart to match. I’m in awe of the foresight he had in setting up the foundation that still helps the people he cared so much about today.

  • October 12, 2012
    2:53 pm

    I first saw his work at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, they had stacks of his work under glass “boxes” and all were numbered, I was blown away.(Hundreds/several feet high…under a glass box)

  • October 12, 2012
    3:16 pm

    Amazing! Wish I had been there.