In the 1950s, the pop art movement took the world by storm and challenged the establishment by putting popular culture under the artistic spotlight. Roy Lichtenstein, for example, became a very controversial figure in critics’ circles due to his comic book-like aesthetic, but conquered fans with his highly colourful, large escale, sometimes melodramatic figures – and their polka dots, a trend that dates back to mid-19th century mens fashion in England.
After Lichtenstein came Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama – widely referred to as the polka dot master, she says that the required repetition is a therapeutic device – and superstar artist Damien Hirst, who in 2012 dedicated a whole series to spots. Hirst himself explains why: “Mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where colour can exist on its own, interacting with other colours in a perfect format.”
With that in mind, polka dots are a very sought-after nail art, able to give a manicure both a stylish as well as a ladylike air. And Vanitee‘s own beauty artists go a long way to show you that the dots are not going anywhere soon. Pre-book an appointment today!
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