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Paint Your Collection Green This St. Patrick's Day!

  • Nychos - Translucent Rex
March 17, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

The Feast of Saint Patrick or St. Patrick’s Day is an important religious celebration happening each year on 17 March. This mythical figure is a patron saint of Ireland, the one who introduced Christianity on that soil. The festivity devoted to him was established during the 17th century by the church, and includes public parades and festivals; the religious practitioners attend church liturgy and follow the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in various countries around the globe and is marked by green, the color usually associated with nature, fertility, life, youth, hope, and even envy. Green is also the traditional color of permission and safety (the US green card, a green light on the semaphore), as well as a color of the environmental movement.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we selected ten exceptional green-based artworks which you can add to your collection right away.

Featured image: Nychos – Translucent Rex. All images courtesy their respective galleries.

  • 1UP - All Colours Are Beautiful

1UP - All Colours Are Beautiful

The first artwork on our list was produced by a German street art crew called 1UP. They became known for tagging different points in public space with their easily recognizable symbol. The members of the group are part-time graffiti, artists part-time athletes, which is showcased in many of their online videos.

Their work titled All Colours Are Beautiful is acrylic and spray paint on canvas and it features 1UP’s typical aesthetic in bold coloring.

See more info about the work here.

  • Marc Chagall - L oiseau vert

Marc Chagall - L'oiseau vert (The green bird)

Next up is the legendary Russian-French avant-garde mage Marc Chagall. This notable figure was related with few of leading artistic styles and he expressed himself practically through every artistic media, from painting, printing, stained glass and stage sets, to ceramic and tapestries. In brief, Chagall was a pioneering modernist whose imagination and immense creativity exceeded the dominating stylistic and conceptual formats.

This particular work titled L’oiseau vert or The green bird was produced in 1965 as a color lithograph. It reflects Chagall’s ongoing focus and unstoppable desire to create regardless of the age (he was in his late seventies).

See more info about the work here.

  • Cranio - Curupira

Cranio – Curupira

Fabio Oliveira better known as Cranio is a Brazilian artist best known for his colorful depictions centered on the representations of indigenous people. Namely, his works are humorous but critically charged as well, since they provoke the audience to think about contemporary matters such as consumerism, identity, corrupt politicians and environment.

His work titled Curupira features a mythological creature of Brazilian folklore usually regarded as a demonic figure.

See more info about the work here.

  • Morgan - Untitled

Morgan - Untitled (Green Abstract Composition)

Morgan was an artist, known and recognized internationally for his abstract paintings and experimentations with different forms. This particular composition from 1966 reflects the artistic currents of the decade and can be primarily interpreted in regards to Pop Art and Minimalism.

See more info about the work here.

  • Paul Gauguin - La Orana Maria

Paul Gauguin - La Orana Maria

The iconic Modernist Paul Gaugin was one of the proponents of Impressionism. This prolific artistic figure is best known for his outstanding body of work made on Tahiti where he lived in two phases. During his lifetime Gauguin was not interested in selling his artworks, however, they became really popular because they featured the elaborate exotic imagery which was a novelty for Westerners.

This particular scene of a mother holding a child was made by the artist in 1894 as a print.

See more info about the work here.

  • Kinu Kamura - Blast

Kinu Kamura – Blast

This particular work was made by a young French-Japanese artist Kinu Kamura. Her work spans through different fields such as digital marketing for luxury brands and film production. However, when it comes to visual arts, Kamura embraced minimalist aesthetics with a special focus on shapes and patterns.

The work Blast was made by the artist in 2017 and is reminiscent of the Color Field painting. It leaves the impression of a zoomed shadow, fingerprint or the lurking presence.

See more info about the work here.

  • Hiro Ando - monology urbancat

Hiro Ando - monology urbancat

The practice of a contemporary Japanese artist Hiro Ando is based on a combination of traditional and present-day elements. Namely, the artist recontextualizes historic iconography of the Maneki-neko or a lucky cat, sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors, and koi fish, by presenting them as monochrome sculptures.

The Pop Art-inspired sculpture monology urbancat features his interpretation of a lucky cat and was produced by the artist in 2008.

See more info about the work here.

  • Ana Gonzalez - Aurum

Ana Gonzalez – Aurum

Following up is the work of Colombian artist Ana Gonzalez. Her artistic practice is focused on the issues of displaced people. By incorporating various elements of their memories, she creates multilayered sculptural interventions through which the artist articulates the notion of displacement, violence, and fright.

This is a painting made in 2016 and the very composition explains its title symbolically referring to the gold rush and the consequences it leaves among the forest, river and indigenous communities.

See more info about the work here.

  • Nychos - Translucent Rex

Nychos - Translucent Rex

Nychos is an Austrian graffiti artist, known for vibrant and surreal imagery. His works are mostly inspired by his childhood memories populated by animals and brutal human behavior. Nychos is the founder of the movement called REM – Rabbit Eye Movement aimed to spread the idea of creative destruction.

Translucent Rex is his painting made during 2018, and it features a dinosaur stripped to the bone.

See more info about the work here.

  • Purvis Young - Untitled

Purvis Young – Painting

The last artwork on our list was produced by Purvis Young, an established American artist known for embracing the African American heritage of the South. Although Young was a self-taught artist, he gained face as a cult contemporary artist, and his works belong to collectors such as Jane Fonda, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and others. It is important to mention that he was largely inspired by 1970s mural movements of Chicago and Detroit.

The piece simply called Painting is positioned in an impressive green frame and it features a festivity scene.

See more info about the work here.