When Doves Cry is finished and is my second artwork dedicated to Prince. I decided to do another Purple painting, because reluctantly, I sold the first. This artwork than shares style and the basic color themes from the painting Purple Rain, while expanding the colors and not using Purple Rain’s rounded flat disks for the purple rain. Instead, for When Doves Cry, I poured the paint to create a better looking and rounder purple rain. The big difference between these two works is the use of aluminum strips to connect canvases. This new connection method used by When Doves Cry, for first time, separates the music from the canvas. This artwork is the result of an evolution in style that started with my first use of wood with Sweet little angel.
The first Prince painting, Purple Rain, represented a style pushed to its limits. This second Prince artwork, breaks with the past, by opening the door for other style possibilities. When Doves Cry is a unique tribute to the originality that was Prince and his music.
Scott Von Holzen