Carys Glynne Snyder

Before Purple Rain, 2023
60 x 40 in
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"Before Purple Rain" is based on a black and white photo series of music icon Prince, taken in 1977 by the photographer Robert Whitman. Permission to use as a reference was received from the photographer for this work of art. Rather than imitate the black and white of the reference I have chosen to pain in the color most associated with the artist himself: purple. While he is only nineteen years old in this depiction, he already has all the most iconic markings that would come to define his image, the mustache, the bedazzled clothes, the jewelry, and of the course, the guitar. This piece is my first major painting, after having trained exclusively in drawing.

Carys Glynne Snyder

Carys Glynne Snyder is a portrait artist, photographer, writer, actor, and filmmaker based in Starkville, Mississippi. As a student at Starkville High School, under the instruction of Andrew Lark, her charcoal drawings earned her NFAA Young Arts Merit Award, numerous Scholastic Art Awards, and were hung in the U. S. Capitol and published under the professional category of the Artist's Magazine. She attended Columbia University in New York, and during that time, continued to develop her representational skills under Edward Minoff. 


Carys now works in the film industry as a Production Designer in Mississippi and throughout the Southeast. With her artwork, Carys employs realism to bring to life surreal, cinematic, or otherwise larger-than-life subjects or scenarios. She finds her inspiration in nineteenth century art, the pre-Raphaelites and the Romantics, as well as by surrealism, mythology, fairy tales, and of course, cinema. 

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