Paint Your Collection Green!

September 20, 2019

Green is one of the primary colors often associated with nature. That is not surprising since all the plants are green (the chemical which plants use for photosynthesizing and which makes them so green is chlorophyll) as well as other elements found in nature such as minerals, and various reptiles using camouflage.

When it comes to its symbolic meaning, the color green has a longstanding historical tradition in the Gaelic culture as well as in Islam, since it represents the lush vegetation of Paradise. Interestingly so, in the 18th century green was related to bankers, merchants, and the gentry. In the United States and Europe, it is often used as a mark for hazardous goods and poor health, while in most of Asia it symbolizes happiness and fertility.

Due to its association with nature, it is the color of the environmental movement; the color green signifies also safety and permission - a green light on the semaphore, or a green card permitting permanent residence in the United States.

In arts, green has a long history spanning from the Ancient Egypt, where this color was used to mark regeneration and rebirth, over the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it was used for clothing marking person’s social rank and profession, to Romanticism where green was used to accentuate the lavishness of landscapes, and the comfort of solitude.

Regardless of its strong historical symbolic value, contemporary artists use this color in various arrangements, therefore we selected eight exceptional artworks dominated by this color which you can add to your collection as you read this article.

Featured image: Rene Magritte - Le Pretre Marie. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Peter Combe – Hypnotize

The first green artwork on our list was made by the American artist Peter Combe, best known for his three-dimensional artworks aimed to tackle the perception of the observer. By embracing various elements from popular culture and formatting them digitally, the artist is exploring the contemporary phenomenon of social networks and celebrity culture.

Although his works are often figurative, the piece Hypnotize is an abstract response to the mentioned explorations both in technical and conceptual terms.

See more info about the work here.

Andi Hartana - Green Land

Next up is the work by the Indonesian contemporary artist Andi Hartana, who started his career after being involved with the restoration processes in the ancient palaces and temples in Jakarta and Yogyakarta in 2005. His painterly practice evolved ever since, and it reflects the artist’s articulation of his own memories, experiences, and dreams.

The acrylic on canvas called Green Land could be perceived as a manifestation of Hartana’s performative yearnings since it resembles as a sort of a codified diagram.

See more info about the work here.

Young-il Ahn - Water CLPG 18

Young-il Ahn is a renowned Korean artist who is critically acclaimed for his large-scale contemplative abstractions that reflect his perception of beauty, nature, and music. Ahn’s is perhaps best known for his Water series associated with a specific Korean aesthetic position called Dansaekhwa through which one expresses natural processes through a monochromatic palette.

This particular painting belongs to the series and illustrates the artist’s domains well..

See more info about the work here.

Jorge Mendez Blake - Librero Werther

Next up is the artwork made by an established Mexican conceptual artist Jorge Mendez Blake. His entire practice is rooted in architecture, so he makes walls to explore the different aspects of repression. Blake is best known for his grand installation based on a Franz Kafka novel made as a response to Donald Trump’s decision to build a wall between the U.S. Mexican border.

Librero Werther is an installation made by Blake in 2009 evoking the Minimalism of Donald Judd.

See more info about the work here.

Bruce Makowsky - Pull The Pin – Rolex

Bruce Makowsky is best known as a handbag designer and real estate mogul, although he acts as an artist as well. His works are manifestations of his obsession with luxury objects and the latest technology.

Pull The Pin – Rolex is a sculpture made by Makowsky as an ironic comment on the iconic brand - as a matter of fact, it is a replica of a bomb with the Rolex logo.

See more info about the work here.

René Magritte - Le Pretre Marie

Next up is the artwork made by one of the best-known painters of the 20th century René Magritte. His entire enigmatic oeuvre is marked by the presence of several signature elements such as bowler hats, apples, and clouds. Magritte was a Surrealist celebrated for his outstanding craftsmanship, as well as the iconic conceptual framework focused on the exploration of perceptions of reality.

Le Pretre Marie is a sculptural formation consisting of three masked green apples.

See more info about the work here.

Massimo Agostinelli - Madam In Eden Im Adam

Massimo Agostinelli is an Italian-American contemporary artist from who lives and works in Switzerland. Alongside painting and drawing, Agostinelli is specialized in typesetting, typography, and other forms of printmaking, as well as photography, and is best known for his visual poetry expressed on large scale surfaces. By combining traditional and innovative technologies, and appropriating various art history references, he creates simple, yet daring works exploring the notion of artwork in a humorous manner.

Madam In Eden Im Adam was made by Agostinelli in 2014 and it nicely illustrates the stated above.

See more info about the work here.

Cranio - Curupira

The last artwork on our green top list was made by a famous Brazilian graffiti based artist Fabio de Oliveira Parnaiba better known as Cranio. His entire oeuvre is based on the imagery of the native communities of Brazilian indigenous people. By referring to the ancient practices inseparable from nature, Cranio explores the contemporary lifestyles and omnipresent estrangement to our environment. His inspirations also comes from cartoons and legendary artists such as Salvador Dali.

Curupira features one of those Indians found in an ecstatic posture while conducting a ritual.

See more info about the work here.

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