Alma is named after African American painter Alma Thomas, known for her work in abstract expressionism. Her painting style is inspired by her knowledge of color theory to create bold, mosaic-like watercolor paintings. Thomas is also the first African American artist in the White House collection. Michelle Obama purchased her piece, Resurrection for the family dining room.
Resurrection, 1968, Acrylic and Graphite
Frida is inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, famous fo her self-portraiture displaying questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Kahlo painted abstract self portraits that caused discussion on political issues, and was the first Mexican artist to be featured in the Louvre.
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Oil on canvas
Named after American painter Jackson Pollock, famous for his work done in the Abstract Expressionism style. Pollock’s ’action painting’ was done by pouring, splashing and dripping from all angles of the canvas.
Convergence, 1952, Oil on canvas
Named after Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, famous for Post-Impressionist work. His bold colors and expressive brushwork can be seen in his depiction of the landscape, still life, portraits, and self portraits.
The Starry Night, 1889, Oil on canvas
Named after American painter Keith Haring, famous for his pop art and graffiti like images. His chalk outlines of figures, dogs and other stylized images could be found in New York City subways in his early days. He later created large scale commissioned murals.
Pop Shop 1, 1987, Silkscreen
Named after Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky credited as the pioneer of abstract art. His non figurative work has a lyrical style.
Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913 - Color Study
Named after Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian, best known for his abstract style using simple geometric elements. His work influenced the abstract art movement as well as movements in design, architecture and fashion.
Composition II with Red Blue and Yellow, 1929, Oil and paper on canvas