by Aaron Fine
This book analyses essential critical ideas and provides practical direction on the use of colour in art and design by providing an overview of the history of colour theory from ancient and classical cultures to modern circumstances.
Beyond an essential repetition of what has been written about colour in the past, artist and educator Aaron Fine gives an intellectual history, questioning and challenging current Western beliefs on the subject. He looks at colonialism and gendered perspectives, materialist and romanticist viewpoints, spiritualist approaches to colour, colour in the reproduction era, and modernist and post-modernist colour strategies. Throughout the book, examples of how colonialism’s legacy has influenced attitudes towards colour and linked to race, gender, and class are highlighted.
Colour models, wheels, charts, colour interaction, and theories of perception are among the topics explored, with over 150 images sprinkled throughout. Fine lets you connect colour choices to colour meanings and apply theory to practise by placing under-examined tenets of colour theory like the colour wheel and colour primary within the Western industrial environment that developed them.
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