Keith Haring, one of the most iconic visual artists of the 20th century, has been honored in a children’s book written by his younger sister Kay. Entitled Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, the 40-paged illustrative book chronicles the late artist’s doodle-filled childhood to his ascension to the top of New York’s art scene in the late ’70s and ’80s.
During his peak, Haring made sure to use his strong artistic influence to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS as well as the anti-apartheid movement while also displaying the evils of drug use and capitalism among other themes. “Keith used his work as a tool for organizations to raise money, to raise awareness and to disrupt society norms,” Kay Haring stated in an interview with The Huffington Post. She continues “My book tells the story of how Keith kept drawing, no matter who questioned what he was doing or why. I hope the passion he had as an artist is apparent to the kids who read it. I also want to highlight his philanthropy and hope that it inspires children to give back in their own community.”
Following her brother’s philanthropic spirit, Kay Haring has pledged to donate 25% of the book’s proceeds to the Youth Advisory Committee based in their family’s hometown Reading, PA.
Although intended for children consumption, the book’s universal message will definitely capture the attention of adults as well. Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing is available for purchase here.