Pantone's Color of the Year 2018: 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET 


Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come. This color brings to mind the vastness of the universe, creative artistic expression and the spiritual power of the individual.

Pantone selects a color each year that reflects the current cultural climate based on the previous year and the year to come. That color has historically influenced design trends ranging from architecture, fashion, art, travel, food and interior décor. Pantone says that the 2018 color Ultra-Violet “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.” 

Artists have always embraced this rich, royal hue — you’ll find hints of it in works by names from Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O'Keefe to Taylor Smith — without, of course, always painting royalty. It’s a complex, cosmic shade of purple moving toward the cooler end of the color spectrum that invites us to step back, reflect and remain calm.

Deep and thought provoking, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the universe, the mystery of what comes next, and the discoveries of the future. The dense and infinite night sky is emblematic of what is possible and inspires the passion to explore a new world and better way of life.

Mysterious purples have also been representative of passion, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Iconic 20th century musicians such a Prince, David Bowie, and even Jimi Hendrix featured shades of Ultra Violet in their personal expressions and their pop-culture brands. Hints of intelligence and emotion characterize PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, which symbolizes daring and creativity, non-conformity and imagination, and it pushes boundaries through artistic expression.

Throughout history, there has been both a royal and mystical quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with deep traditions, ancestry and mindful practices. This color offers shelter to those seeking refuge from today’s world of conflict and confusion. The long practice of using purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces energizes the spirits that gather there and feeds deeper meanings and connection.

Taylor Smith Studio at the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis

Taylor Smith Studio at the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis

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Design Trade FAQs

Does my design firm need to open a special account to purchase artwork?
No. Design firms need only to register as a buyer by filling out the contact form above. Once we have received your initial inquiry we will establish a design firm account for you so that you will receive all benefits and trade discounts. 

How do I purchase or lease artwork for my client project?
Purchasing or leasing artwork is easy and secure. Design firms may select to purchase work by company check, ACH or by credit card. Art lease programs can be set up on a monthly billing account.

My client may be interested in leasing artwork for their space due to tax considerations. Is this possible?
We do have an Art Leasing Program which many clients, including those in commercial environments, do take advantage. We can answer all questions you may have about this and we are able to customize an art lease schedule around your client's needs.

Can your studio hold a work of art for my client?
Depending on the size of the project, we are able to selectively “hold” art inventory for your client for a period of 4 business days. Please call or email our studio directly for more information.

Interior Design Ideas: Lease Artwork for Business and Home

Fine artist Taylor Smith and her dedicated studio staff would love to work with you on your client projects this year. We bring art + design together. We have worked closely with interior design teams for large, high profile projects at Carnival Cruise LinesMondavi Family Wineries in Napa Valley and many other companies in the hospitality, healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. No project is too small or too large. Have you considered leasing artwork for your clients who are not ready to make an investment in art? Short and long-term art leases are an option. Complimenting your well-planned design with original artwork in both large and small scale, Taylor is a beneficial resource for contemporary fine artworks to enhance your project.

Benefits for Design Professionals:

– Exclusive trade discount: 20% off first time, 15% ongoing
– Dedicated Design Trade Liaison in Taylor's studio
– Flexible Return Policy
Art Leasing Program for select clients
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If I would like to preview a work with my client, how do you handle this?
As a design professional, we are here to assist you placing artwork in front of your client. We can assist with any questions you might have. Simply contact our studio by email or phone and we’ll help you get all the information you need to make an informed decision. Studio visits are arranged by appointment. If distance is an issue, video conference is also offered. We also have the ability to ship artworks world-wide with a flexible return policy if the art does not meet the expectations of your client

Does the Taylor Smith studio offer giclée, reproductions, or limited runs of artwork?
Certain medium and small sizes are available as prints or limited runs. All art in sizes larger than 24" x 36" available from Taylor's studio are original artworks. We generally do not offer giclée, reproductions or prints of artwork in large sizes to the trade because Taylor's focus is original custom fine art. The exception to this is hand-pulled screen prints, and certain large special edition works that can be created for corporate or multi-location projects. These are offered in limited, signed editions not exceeding 50 for any single work of art. Please inquire.

Just a few examples of Taylor Smith artwork placed on projects ...