With the announcement by Pantone that Ultra Violet 18-3838 is the colour of 2018, our friends at the Affordable Art Fair take a look at the colour purple. [All images courtesy of Affordable Art Fair].
Traditionally a very expensive dye to produce, purple has always been the ultimate colour of power and royalty and it’s use was mostly restricted to the imperial or royal families. It first appeared in prehistoric art during the Neolithic era where the pigment was produced from a rare coastal sea snail whilst Roman emperors can be seen clad in royal purple in the 6th-century mosaics at Basilica of San Vitale.
Later, into the 19th century, purple became associated with romantic scenes by the pre-Raphaelite painters in Britain, who used a pigment, dubbed pre-Raphaelite purple, made from mixing cobalt blue with madder in many of their works.
As new print and dye techniques were developed purple artwork became more accessible, and in the early 1920s famed American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was so taken by the colour that she planted beds of purple petunias in her garden, painting her celebrated Petunias from studies of the small flowers. Into the 1960s and early 1970s, it became associated with counterculture pop art with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean Michel-Basquiat routinely incorporating the colour into their work.
More recently, purple has evolved to become associated with meditation, mindfulness and inner peace, with artworks using the shade bringing a sense of calm and luxury. From being the colour of kings to the colour of clear minds, we’ve got a great selection of purple artworks readily available to buy on the Affordable Art Fair’s e-commerce platform from exciting artistic talent such as Claire Luxton and Beatriz Elorza.
Images courtesy of the Affordable Art Fair.