BLUE is the uniting theme for all of the artists we explore.
This page is designed to inspire and inform you.
It contains images of a diverse mix of artworks from different cultures and times.
The artists here have all explore different materials and techniques, aesthetic qualities, styles and ideas.
Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not… …All colours arouse specific associative ideas, psychologically material or tangible, while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract – Yves Klein
For Klein monochrome painting was also an “open window to freedom,” and blue held the power to reveal the indefinable, the unknown.
Yves Klein, IKB 191, 1962.
Do you think about blue? We are awash in it: the skies above us, the seas beneath us, which has everything to do with light of course, but it’s paradoxically rare in nature. Cultivating blue roses and tulips is a horticultural grail which promises fame and reward.
Blue marks merit and distinction: cordon bleu, blue chip, blue blood.
Blue diamonds are very valuable and lapis lazuli was once prized above diamonds.
The old masters used ultramarine to paint the robes of revered subjects like the Madonna and Christ and the more saturated the colour, the greater its symbolical and actual value since ultramarine was made from ground lapis lazuli (semi-precious stone).
Picasso, Chagall, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Brett Whitley, Bridget Riley and Yves Klein have all used blue with striking effect.
For Kapoor “…blue reinforces a sense of freedom… The immense inspires us all. Eyes wide open if you like.”
Anish Kapoor, Void (#13) 1991-92, Fibreglass and pigment, 161 (diam.) x 120cm
Mystics hold that seeing a tiny blue light in meditation is to experience the goal of human life. The throat chakra, symbolising communication, is blue, and the third eye chakra referred to as the gate which leads to higher consciousness, is indigo.
The medicine Buddha is translucent blue and certain Hindu gods have blue skins as do the guys from Avatar.
A little known fact about blue is that it works as an appetite suppressant. Unlike reds and yellows which can stimulate hunger, blue (a rarely occurring color in food) works in the opposite fashion, curbing the desire to eat.
When the color blue is used as the main skin tone in figurative paintings (like Picasso did during his famous blue period) it does impart an unnaturally cold and lifeless effect to human features, which can be unnerving (like the lovely lady below)
Pablo Picasso, La Celestina/The Woman with One Eye, Oil on canvas, 1904
In short, the Smurfs are great company… and if you’re feeling blue, there is nothing like a shot of Yves Klein (even on your computer screen) to pick you up!
5 Shades of blue:
For some more blue looking have a look at this blog:http://whitecubediaries.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/roses-are-red-art-is-blue/#comments