Saturday 18 September 2021 10:00am
Works from the City of Bunbury Art Collection
As German modernist artist Paul Klee said, ‘Colour is the place where our brain and the Universe meet’.
The element of colour is central to humankind’s being. It functions at a subliminal level to define the way we perceive the world and the way we feel. Colour is innate to artistic practice and its power to communicate can evoke visceral responses. Artists have experimented with colour since the first pigments were extracted out of the earth. The manufacturing of colours and their natural or synthetic makeup, be it artist’s pigments, ceramic glazes, or textile dyes, has evolved over time but the fundamental emotive power of colour remains. It resonates with our senses, visually, intellectually, and emotionally.
Colour is often one of the most exciting components of an artwork. In both figurative and abstract art, colour can be used for its decorative beauty, to create mood and to express or arouse an emotion. In nature and in art, colour has a profound effect on the viewer.
Colour theory the different colours are divided into ‘warm’ and ‘cool colours. Warm colours (orange, yellow, red) are said to advance or appear more active in paintings, and arouse or stimulate the viewer, while cool colours (green, blue, magenta) tend to recede and have a calming and relaxing effect.
In this exhibition we explore the use and effect of warm colours. The makers of these artworks all have used colour to either create a cohesive artwork or to generate a particular mood.
You are invited to explore the different uses and effects and investigate your own responses to the works. You may even feel drawn to a particular work, such as ‘Red Cow’ by Leon Kalamaras. This work has been a favourite for many, can you see why?