Born to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother in 1960 the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

He began drawing and painting at the age of four and by the time he was in his teens, his graffiti was a fixture around lower Manhattan. He was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used colour in non-traditional ways. After leaving home at 17, Basquiat began selling hand-painted postcards and T-shirts.

At 20, he landed his first public exhibition. A pioneer of the neo-expressionist movement, he quickly rose to fame on the ‘80s art scene in New York City, where he ran with the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Debbie Harry. His iconic work is still exhibited all over the world.

From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colours to the way he spoke out against injustice, his work was a mirror of racism, culture, colonialism and politics in the 70s.

When his estate approached American beauty brand Urban Decay about a collaboration on his artwork, Urban Decay – a fan of Basquiat’s work – didn’t hesitate to get on board.

Amazed by Basquiat’s body of work the brand created three palettes under the Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection – two eyeshadows and one blush palette – based on his paintings, all housed in mini reproductions of his artwork.

The limited edition Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection is based on Basquiat’s paintings, all housed in mini reproductions of his artwork. Photo: Urban Decay

Each palette is wrapped all the way around with canvas, so the art printed on top comes to life.

What’s interesting is each palette is designed with a small cutout on the back for hanging so you can display the palettes on your wall and create your own mini Basquiat gallery!

The limited edition collection available locally in May also includes three all-new, exclusive shades of Vice Lipstick based on the colours in Basquiat’s work as well as three new shades of the 24/7 Eye Pencil designed to look like art pencils.