Stuart Gardiner explores the language of colour with a diptych of prints. In this one he looks at the words associated with colour. Cherry, crimson and ruby for red. Lime, olive and forest for green. Back in 1665, Isaac Newton divided the rainbow into 7 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. In reality, rainbows are a vast spectrum of chromatic hues. The average human eye can distinguish around 100 in a rainbow, so it’s no surprise that there is a kaleidoscope of words to describe every colour under the sun.
A rainbow of words across this print, from Cordovan red to Tyrian purple, all the names we use to describe colour.
This print was made as part of The Make Bank Print Project, a social scheme aimed at tackling issues of 'creative poverty' by providing disadvantaged young people with art and design tool kits.
See The Language of Colour - Feeling, the companion piece to Seeing.