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Art advice - 14 June 2018

There's Something About Frida

Recreate Frida Kahlo’s iconic style

Frida has been the word on everyone’s lips these last few months as we all flocked to the V&A's blockbuster Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition. The first show outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions alongside self-portraits and personal photographs, it offered a fresh perspective on the artist's fascinating life story.

Inspired to shake things up by the Mexican painter’s colourful personality, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to recreating the cult figure’s iconic look in your own home. Join in on the Frida frenzy and infuse her fearless spirit into your interiors with some brilliantly bold and bohemian works of art from our online marketplace! 

A touch of the surreal

Kahlo used her iconic self-portraits to define herself on her own terms as well as poignantly express the physical and emotional pain she suffered her whole life. With the surreal and magical elements to Dan Hillier’s works, we can’t help but be reminded of the free-spirited Frida and her own mesmerising gaze.  

It's all in the details 

From skeletons and skulls to monkeys, Frida was deeply influenced by her Mexican heritage and celebrated her roots using indigenous symbolism and elements of folk art throughout her career. Get the look with Helen Nottage’s ceramic 'Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts' (below). 

Dan Hillier, Luna, £395, Liberty Gallery. Helen Nottage, Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts, £550, Iona House Gallery.
Dan Hillier, Luna, £395, Liberty Gallery.
Helen Nottage, Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts, £550, Iona House Gallery.

Go boho 

A true individual, Frida’s fabulous floral head pieces and indigenous jewellery have made her a bohemian style icon for the ages. Recreate her covetable eclectic look in your own home with a piece by Iranian painter Solmaz Tohidlo who overlays cultural elements from her home country onto powerful female portraits - à la Frida! We just love the ornate patterns and mysterious vibes in 'Untitled' (below). 

Have fun with colour

Never one to shy away from colour, Frida’s works are beautifully bright and vivid, so be adventurous and choose pieces like Kumar Kashi’s 'Flying Woman On Horse'. With its electric yellows and deep reds, it’s sure to give your space a whole new energy and bring a little bit of that Mexican sunshine to your home!

Solmaz Tohidloo, Untitled, £6,000, Eclectic Gallery. Suraj Kumar Kashi, Flying Woman on Horse, £2,450, The Brown Easel.
Solmaz Tohidloo, Untitled, £6,000, Eclectic Gallery.
Suraj Kumar Kashi, Flying Woman on Horse, £2,450, The Brown Easel.

Shop our carefully curated collection of fantastically Frida-inspired works to liven up your home with art now »

Header Image:
Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, 16 June – 14 November 2018, V&A. Sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

Featured Artworks:
Dan Hillier, Luna, £395, Liberty Gallery.
Helen Nottage, Rosemary for Remembrance, Pansies for Thoughts, £550, Iona House Gallery.
Solmaz Tohidloo, Untitled, £6,000, Eclectic Gallery.
Suraj Kumar Kashi, Flying Woman on Horse, £2,450, The Brown Easel. SOLD

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