Women who inspire us: Niki de Saint Phalle
Posted on 04 February 2019
Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American artist especially known for her series of monumental sculptures paying a tribute to the womanly body and spirit. In her career from the 1960s she became famous when creating her series of life-sized abstract sculptures resembling womanly figures, beaming of power. Her art is sensual and almost naïve but delivers a strong message of feminine strength and simple joy. With lots of colours she persistently painted outside the lines of typical art and created her own sphere of creativity. The beautiful, visionary mind of Niki de Saint Phalle is greatly inspiring to us at Lola Ramona and her art embodies a creative mindset which is a part of our own design DNA.
The avantgarde style in the works of Niki de Saint Phalle was a contrast to typical art and is still a colourful, prolific inspiration to the fashion industry. She challenged colour combinations, patterns and proportions and blurred the lines and limits of modern art. Making her art monumental and thereby “permanent” her style is an eternal statement towards art and fashion, proclaiming that reality is only an illusion and that there are no limits of colours, contrasts, moods and feelings in art. Her creations could be characterised as “outsider art” challenging the individual with sensual, feminine, avant-garde impressions.
Passionately celebrating feminism
Niki de Saint Phalle applauded the womanly body and feminine figures in her vivid sculptures and eloquent paintings. With no limits of proportions and colours she created inspirational, sensual sculptures in life-size and greater format that imply both female virtue and delicacy. She explored the many roles of women in society and protested stereotypes. Her sculptures were often luscious women holding a dance posture or even in acrobatic endeavours, whereby she challenged the typical image of housewives and mothers of her time. We identify ourselves at Lola Ramona with the avant-garde feminism and we enjoy Niki de Sain Phalle’s contrasts and mood expressions exhibited through different colours and patterns.
Niki de Saint Phalle in our DNA
The limitless combinations of colours and patterns in Niki de Saint Phalle’s artistic style mirrors our approach to designing in the fashion industry. Abstract and atypical designs reflect the personality of Lola Ramona in the same way that it did in Niki de Saint Phalle’s art. We feel a strong and special relation to her art and imagination and our style has previously been compared to that of hers with vibrant, joyful and evocative designs. She inspires us with colours and patterns in unique combinations and peculiar proportions.