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Keith Haring honoured in pop art Google Doodle

Keith Haring, influential pop-art and graffiti artist, has been given the Google Doodle treatment.

Keith Haring, influential pop art and graffiti artist, has been given the Google Doodle treatment. Head over to Google today to check out the search giant's colourful tribute on what would have been Haring's 54th birthday.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1958, Haring's iconic drawings were inspired by street culture in New York City, where he moved in 1978 at the age of 18.

Haring created chalk drawings, murals and worked with musicians including Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, as well as painting Grace Jones for her 'I'm Not Perfect' music video and designing extravagant accompanying outfits.

Haring was a friend of Andy Warhol, providing the inspiration for Haring's 'Andy Mouse'.

He died in February 1990 of AIDS-related complications. A retrospective exhibition in Spain in 2008 showed 200 pieces of his work, on what would have been his 50th birthday.

Google's known to honour notable historical figures, artists and folks of note using its homepage -- past icons given the Doodle treatment include Marie Curie, guitar pioneer Les Paul and Freddie Mercury. Oh, and Pac-Man.

As well as shining a light on people who should have a light shone upon them, Google Doodles are often feats of technical wizardry. Check out our round-up video of the top five Doodles below.

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