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Paint Your Collection Yellow!

  • Lenz - Tube NY
August 2, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

The color yellow instantly recalls warm and positive vibes and reminds us of the summer/autumn season. It is one of the primary colors in the color system, often present in nature (flowers, vegetables, egg yolks, honey, spices, etc.), and a secondary in the RGB color model used to produce colors on television and computer screens.

When it comes to art, it is interesting to mention that the yellow ochre pigment was one of the first colors used in art due to its easy find in natural surroundings. The symbolic of this color was associated with religious beliefs which descend from ancient times and pagan traditions of sun worshiping. For instance, in Christianity yellow is associated with the Pope and the golden keys of the Kingdom, while in China it was a royal color used only by the Emperor and his family. Due to a 20th century horrid purpose of marking Jews with a yellow star in Nazi-occupied Europe, the color received its negative connotation.

Despite various centuries-old beliefs and associations, in the contemporary moment most people consider yellow as a color evoking humor, spontaneity, and gentleness, but jealousy, and with cowardice.

For this edition of collectors tip, we selected ten intriguing artworks dominated by this color which you can add to your collection as you read about it.

Featured image: Lenz -Tube NY. All images are courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Jean-Luc Guin Amant - Leaf V

Jean-Luc Guin'Amant - Leaf V

The first on our top list is the work made by French artist Jean-Luc Guin’Amant, whose distinct painterly based practice reflects a strong influence of Informel. The artist expresses himself through various media; however, if looking closely the medium to which he is driven the most is painting.

Leaf V is a beautifully done depiction of a leaf form complemented by the surrounding trees. This contemplative yellow work evokes the autumn and narrates the story of a leaf existence.

See more info about the work here.

  • Futura - Chocolate Triptych

Futura - Chocolate I, II, III Triptych

Next up is a captivating triptych made by the legendary street artist Futura (initially known as Futura 2000) who became active in the early 1970s and was associated with various street and graffiti art groups throughout his career. Futura developed a particular Abstract style and therefore extended the boundaries of street art.

This triptych all in yellow is titled Chocolate and was made by the artist in 2018.

See more info about the work here.

  • Macyn Bolt - Rotary II

Macyn Bolt -Rotary II

The work of an American abstract painter Macyn Bolt is characterized by the usage of visual language inherited from geometric abstraction, especially the Color Field painting. Bolt is triggered by the visual riddle of the spatial relationships occurring on canvas as well as the interplay between color and form. The artist is focused on achieving the perceptual shifts through his monochromes while calling the observer for the contemplative experience.

The work titled Rotary II made by Bolt in 2010 is a good example of his approach.

See more info about the work here.

  • Hiro Ando - urbancat

Hiro Ando – urbancat

Japanese-born American artist Hiro Ando is best known for combing different aspects of his native country tradition with contemporary popular culture. By depicting different icons in a humorous manner such as the maneki-neko (lucky cat), samurai warriors, sumo wrestlers, and koi fish, Hiro is getting closer to the articulation of the intersection of local and global culture.

This particular yellow version of a lucky cat belongs to the Urbancat series Ando continually has been producing for a few years.

See more info about the work here.

  • Lowell Nesbitt -Yellow Tulip

Lowell Nesbitt -Yellow Tulip

The following work was made by a renowned artist Lowell Nesbitt, best known for his large scale paintings of flowers. Nesbitt was often described as a Photorealist artist, but it can be said his approach was more conceptual since they revealed his affinity for selecting, grouping and depicting various objects from articles of clothing, groupings of fruits, vegetables, flowers to electronic components.

This beautiful print features, as the title suggests, a yellow tulip and was made by the artist in 1978.

See more info about the work here.

  • Stik - Walk

Stik – Walk

Stik is a London-based graffiti street artist globally known for his paintings of large stick figures usually expressed in public space. Although without a formal art education, Stik managed to create simple, yet striking and easy recognizable aesthetic aimed to tackle various social issues.

The work Walk features one of these figures in a slightly melancholic state.

See more info about the work here.

  • Richard Hambleton - Shadow Head Portrait

Richard Hambleton - Shadow Head Portrait

Following up is the work made by the famous artist Richard Hambleton, who was one of the leading names of 1980s New York art scene together with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hambleton is best known for his innovative Image Mass Murder series (based on police chalk outlines), as well as the Shadowman paintings featuring a mysterious and splashy shadow figure.

This particular work is associated with the mentioned series made by Hambelton since the 1980s.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jean-Michel-Basquiat-Untitled-II-Suite-of-4-works
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Untitled II
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Untitled II
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat- Untitled II

Jean-Michel Basquiat - Untitled II (Suite of 4 works)

Jean-Michel Basquiat is often described as an icon of the 1980s, not only in local but in a global context as well. He quickly became critically acclaimed and commercially successful for his outstanding craftsmanship and innovation mainly based on his articulation of socio-political circumstance concerning his identity as Black man and artist.

The Untitled series encompasses much of the dominating themes present in his practice spanning from referentiality, over appropriation, to the infantile spontaneity and no wave pessimism.

See more info about the work here.

  • James Rosenquist - More Points

James Rosenquist - More Points on a Bachelor's Tie: 2 State

James Rosenquist was one of the leading proponents of Pop Art side by side with Andy Warhol. His background in commercial art and apparent fascination with the branding tactics imposed by consumerism made him construct recognizable aesthetic based on juxtaposed fragmentary images appropriated from advertisements and mass media.

The print More Points on a Bachelor’s Tie: 2 State was made by the artist in 1978 during the later phase of his career when he plunged in abstraction.

See more info about the work here.

  • Lenz - Tube NY

Lenz -Tube NY

Last, but not the least is the work made by a French graffiti artist Lenz, who is best known for being inspired by Lego. An array of the themes present in his work reflect a longtime graffiti background, as well as a fascination with pop culture.

This particular work is simply titled Tube NY and it features a yellow van presented in a Lego manner typical for the artist.

See more info about the work here.