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Crown Earrings

Crown Earrings

By David Howell & Co.

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Drawing inspiration from the vibrant artistry of Jean-Michel Basquiat, these earrings pay homage to his distinct style. At the heart of Basquiat's artistic vision, the crown emerges as his signature motif, symbolizing both power and nobility. In his paintings, the crown adorns anonymous, faceless figures, but more prominently, it graces his revered heroes. Among these notable icons are celebrated jazz musicians and acclaimed athletes, whom Basquiat sought to honor through his art.

Resonating with the tradition of famous African American musicians adopting regal titles as nicknames, such as Duke Ellington or Count Basie, Basquiat utilizes the crown to bestow a sense of dignity upon his beloved subjects. Through these earrings, you can embrace the spirit of Basquiat's artistic vision, celebrating the cultural significance of his work and the profound influence he continues to exert on the art world.

  • Solid brass, electroplated with non-tarnishing silver finish
  • Hypoallergenic ear wires
  • Gift boxed with provenance card
  • Designed and manufactured in USA
  • Product type: Earrings
  • Shipping Dimensions: 4.75 × 3.25 × 0.5 inches
    (12.1 × 8.3 × 1.3 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19 lb (3.0 oz; 85 g)
  • SKU010004966 | 769022093758 | Mfg. Item Number: ERS9375
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David Howell & Company

David Howell & Co.

Since 1985, David Howell & Co. has specialized in the design and manufacturing of sophisticated, museum quality gifts, including metal bookmarks, jewelry, ornaments, and more. Found in 350 museum stores worldwide, founder David Howell says he receives inspiration for the 10,000 designs he's created from the thousands of objects in museum collections. Each piece has a unique story.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a remarkable American artist who left an indelible mark on the art world during the 1980s. Born on December 22, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York, Basquiat's life was a journey of creativity, passion, and self-expression.

From a young age, Basquiat showed an intense interest in art. He started drawing and painting on any surface he could find, from scraps of paper to walls in his neighborhood. His unique talent soon caught the eye of the art world. At just 17 years old, he left home to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

Basquiat's art was a blend of graffiti, street art, and fine art. His work often featured bold, vivid colors, and a mix of words and symbols that conveyed powerful messages about race, identity, and social issues. He drew inspiration from his Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage and the vibrant streets of New York City.

In the 1980s, Basquiat's art gained widespread recognition, and he became a prominent figure in the New York art scene. His graffiti-style paintings were exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he collaborated with other influential artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

One of Basquiat's most famous works is "Untitled," which sold for millions of dollars. His success as an artist was not only a testament to his talent but also a symbol of breaking down barriers in the art world, as he was one of the first Black artists to achieve such acclaim.

Beyond his art, Basquiat's life was marked by challenges. He faced struggles with substance abuse and the pressures of fame. Tragically, he passed away on August 12, 1988, at the young age of 27. His untimely death was a loss to the art world, but his legacy endures.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's impact on art and culture is profound. His art continues to inspire and provoke thought, addressing important themes of race, inequality, and personal expression. Basquiat's story reminds us that creativity knows no boundaries and that art has the power to challenge, inspire, and change the world. He remains a symbol of artistic freedom and a testament to the enduring power of self-expression through art.