Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here Are Some Artworks to Celebrate it

March 17, 2018

Each year in March, people all around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day, marking the death of the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

Even though the color green was not initially associated with St. Patrick, it became one of the most recognizable features of the holiday. However, the green color was always associated with Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle. On the other hand, it is known that St. Patrick used green shamrocks to teach people about the Holy Trinity. Also, the legend of leprechauns also played its part here. The legend says that these mischievous little guys would pinch anyone not wearing their favorite color.

To honor St. Patrick's Day, we have brought together works that bring a little green into your life. The best part is you can own these works right now!

Ellsworth Kelly - Colored Paper Image XVIII (Green Square with Dark Gray), 1976

One of the greatest abstract artists of the 20th century, Ellsworth Kelly is known for his tendency to suppress gesture in favor of creating spatial unity within the composition through pure forms and colors. His bright, monochromatic shaped canvases and sculptures were derived from the occurrences of everyday life surrounding him.

The work Colored Paper Image XVIII (Green Square with Dark Gray) from 1976 is part of the highly experimental series titled Color Paper Images. The series comprises of twenty-three works created by ladling colored paper pulp into plastic and metal forms and then applying the pressure of the printing press to fuse the colored pulp to a wet sheet of paper.

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Victor Vasarely - Composition In Green, Red And Violet, 1980

An eminent Hungarian painter, Victor Vasarely is best known as a father and founder of Op Art movement. Placing primary importance on the development of an engaging and accessible visual language, he created complex and colorful patterns imbued with a sense of kinetic energy across the two-dimensional surface.

In the work Composition in Green, Red and Violet, Vasarely experiments with the rhythm of colors and shapes. As the rest of his oeuvre, the work engages the viewer's eye profoundly.

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Robert Indiana - The Book of Love 8 (green, white, blue), 1996

Throughout his career, Robert Indiana has been exploring the American experience and identity, employing everyday objects and language. Merging the look of Pop with Minimalism and the wordplay of Concrete Poetry, he influenced every text-based artist since.

The work The Book of Love 8 (green, white, blue) from 1996 is part of his LOVE series, one of his iconic and most recognizable ones. The artist created nearly unlimited editions of the LOVE print. Making it affordable, he created challenged the idea of the art elite that somehow quality had to do with scarcity.

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Banksy - Choose Your Weapon, Green, 2010

One of the most popular street artists today, Banksy is still managing to maintain his anonymity. This mysterious allure to his persona and the political dimension of his art contributes to him being in the spotlight constantly.

Banksy's Choose Your Weapon, Green originally appeared in London, England in 2010. The stark contrast between the man and his dog is the most striking contradiction in this art piece. The barking dog motif belongs to street artist Keith Haring and as such the whole series is considered a homage to Haring.

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Agent X - Queen Elizabeth (Green), 2018

A talented American artist, Agent X creates experimental multimedia collage art, paintings and 2D artworks. In his stunning practice, he juxtaposes pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics and race.

The work Queen Elizabeth (Green) from 2018 is a visually stunning piece of collage art that challenges the viewers to think deeply about what they are seeing. Part of his 2018 Spring Collection, the work deals with the theme of Royalty.

See more information about the work here.

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