Haring first gained public attention in 1980 with the graffiti drawings he made on blank advertising panels in subway stations around New York City. Their bold and schematic linear style reflected his viewpoint that "art is for everybody." The present drawing dates from the beginning of Haring's brief career, cut short by his AIDS-related death in 1990. Though frequently political in nature, his imagery is rarely specific. Here, the fantastical, six-armed figure shown amid a struggle with five, much smaller figures stands as a statement against injustice and oppression in any form.