Paint Your Collection Purple!

November 14, 2019

At first glance, the color purple evokes a feeling of mysticism, magic, and rarity, but it is perceived as a sophisticated color affiliated with royalty. Such an association is not unusual looking from a historical perspective, since purple was the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic clergy. This color bears a similar connotation in Japan where it is associated with the emperor and aristocracy.

The term originates from the from Latin "purpura" or the Greek "πορφύρα" (porphura), used for the Tyrian purple dye produced in the classical period from a secretion of the spiny dye-murex snail.

In general, purple is a color intermediate between blue and red and is similar to violet, and the complementary color of purple is yellow in the RYB color model. If combined with pink, it is associated with femininity, eroticism, and seduction.

For this edition of collectors' tip, we selected ten outstanding purple artworks that you can add to your collection now!

Featured image: Jan Kaláb - Dark Purple Cloud 0136pm. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

SEEN – Graffiti

The first artwork on our top list was made by the famous American graffiti artist Richard "Richie" Mirando, better known as SEEN. This notable figure is considered the Godfather of Graffiti regardless of the fact he was not the pioneer of the movement. His career started around 1973 in on the New York City Subway system where along with his peers he acted within a crew called United Artists. Since the early 1980s, SEEN has been painting on canvas, and has actively exhibited his works on both solo and group exhibitions.

This particular painting simply called Graffiti nicely illustrates SEEN’s approach.

See more info about the work here.

Shepard Fairey - Freidman Keith-Morris

Shepard Fairey gained quite a prominence not only for his linear portraits but also for his work as an activist and a founder of OBEY Clothing affiliated with the skateboarding scene. Fairey came under the public eye for his Barack Obama Hope poster during the 2008 U.S. presidential election and is considered as one of the most influential street artists.

This particular artwork features the photograph of Keith Morris, singer of punk band Circle Jerks, by Glen E. Friedman; it belongs to Fairey’s portrait series that reveals his interest in the iconography of popular culture.

See more info about the work here.

Jan Kaláb - Dark Purple Cloud 0136p

Jan Kaláb is a Czech artist and a pioneering figure of urban art in Prague. His career set off with the DSK crew and for a long time he worked throughout Europe under the name Cakes, before moving to New York where he started acting under the pseudonym Point. Kaláb is best known for his large-scale sculpted abstract letters usually located in the streets and on walls.

Dark Purple Cloud 0136p is an acrylic on canvas made by the artist in 2018.

See more info about the work here.

Doris Marten - Pink Painting (Figure No.1)

Next up is the artwork made by the German artist Doris Marten  whose practice is centered on the optical possibilities of an abstract composition. By exploring colors and their nuances, the artist tends to determine an array of optical illusions, light effects and possible movements caused by the color changes. Marten is interested in contemplative experience and the way an expansion of perception could suggest new models of thinking.

Pink Painting (Figure No.1) was made by the artist in 2014.

See more info about the work here.

Babeth Montagnier - Offrande Calla 8563

Elisabeth (Babeth) Montagnier is a photographer focused on simplistic and sophisticated compositions characterized by the square format and frontal framing. According to the artist, this format gives her the possibility to explore different layers of harmony and cheerfulness. Montagnier is best known for her photographs of flowers and fruits.

This photograph is a perfect example of her practice especially of the subtleness and fragility she likes to accentuate.

See more info about the work here.

Perle Fine - An Accordment #80

American Abstract Expressionist painter Perle Fine was a critically recognized post-war painter and one of the first women to be admitted to the Artist's Club. By late 1940s, Fine was a distinct proponent of the movement whose style is characterized by the biomorphic forms entwined with irregular geometric shapes.

An Accordment #80 is a mesmerizing purple grid made by Fine in 1974.

See more info about the work here.

Seb Janiak - Resonance - Water Drop

Seb Janiak is a distinct photographer known for bewildering and often nocturnal-looking works aimed to unravel different phenomena. In 2009 he abandoned a successful career as a director of music videos, turned for a short while to fashion photography, and eventually focused on artistic and scientific research in the field of fine art photography. Janiak uses this particular medium to explore the matter and is largely inspired by nature, science, philosophy, spirituality, etc.

Resonance - Water Drop is a chromogenic print made by the artist in 2016.

See more info about the work here.

Natalia Rak - Purple Prince

The following purple artwork was made by Polish street artist Natalia Rak. She is a representative of a younger generation and her recognizable figurative style is characterized by the use of brightly colored paint. Although initially the artist used to paint on canvas, she switched to street art due to a greater freedom that the public space provides. Her works are most often inhabited by women, while the compositions are based on stories such as Romeo and Juliet or Adam and Eve.

In 2016, Rak made this nocturnal and dark composition featuring a man with a cane, and a raven.

See more info about the work here.

Etnik - Floating cubes 3

Alessandro Battisti better known as Etnik is probably the most prominent Italian urban artist. For twenty years he has been pushing the limits of street art conventions with his technically impeccable illustration style saturated with constellations of geometric shapes. Etnik produces both large-scale murals and indoor paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Floating cubes 3 is a work on paper and was produced by the artist in 2017.

See more info about the work here.

Andy Warhol - Lenin IIB.402

The last purple artwork on our top list was made by the leading proponent of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. His grand oeuvre was both commercial and underground, and he was always pushing the boundaries of any given medium by using it differently. Warhol is definitely best known for his polychromatic portraits of celebrities mostly actresses and pop stars, but other figures as well.

This particular work is a portrait of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, a leading Leftist politician and one of the inaugurates of the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 in Russia.

See more info about the work here.

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