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The invention of colour

If I was not going to Sweden on Monday – where I have to examine a PhD in colour harmony – it would be nice to attend the lecture I just saw advertised in Bristol by Philip Ball. The lecture will trace the chemical history of the pigments in an artist’s palette. Painters once had to be chemically literate. The lecture is taking place next Tuesday – see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2011/7503.html

colourful greeks

It’s often thought that black, white and grey are mature and sophisticated colours and that saturated reds and yellows are childish colours. Part of the reason for this is that the Romans and Greeks didn’t use colour. All those classic statues we see in museums are achromatic. However. this may be all based on a misunderstanding. At a CREATE conference in Italy last year I first came across the idea that the Romans and Greeks used colour quite extensively but that over the centuries the colour faded. Today I saw this story in the popular press.

An exhibition of work – Gods In Colour: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity – recoloured as it is believed to have originally been features more than 20 full-size colour reconstructions of Greek and Roman works. Currently on show at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

colourful art

Carinna Parraman is an artist/academic with a particular interest in colour. I really like her work and often, when we meet, I drop hints that she could send me a print of some of her work that I particularly like. It would look great on my office wall along the original I have by Kevin Laycock – nominee for Norther Artist of the Year 2010 no less!!!. However, she never takes the hint and never sends me one. I do have a small image of one of her pieces though and if I can’t have a nice big one on my wall I can at least put it on my blog. So everybody can enjoy it.

You can read more about Carinna here – http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/staff/parraman.shtml