Vaughn Spann


Vaughn Spann is a Yale MFA graduate. Still in his 20s, he’s already built a significant following including Takashi Murakami and The Rubell Family Foundation in Miami. Part of his painting practice is to create new mythologies around familiar symbols whether that’s a Dalmatian pattern, the letter X or (in this case) a rainbow. His first rainbow painting was dedicated to Trayvon Martin using skittles colors (the candy Martin was carrying when he was killed). Vaughn added a black band both in mourning and solidarity with the late Martin. The artist notes that a rainbow is often associated with Gay Pride or leprechauns or even teachings in the Rudolf Steiner school. The Vaughn Spann rainbows are his way to give new meaning to the ubiquitous