I have just begun studying color theory and I was tasked to compare three artists of my choosing and their respective use of color.
James Gurney is one of my favorite artists. As a fantasy illustrator, his use of ‘plein-air’ and lighting is a successful merging of realism and fantasy art. He maintains a sense of the real while incorporating fantastical elements, using a very precise and accurate study of light and shadow and natural colors. The mood of his work is enhanced by his use of lighting and shading and bright or less saturated colors. In this example, has combined a realistic scene of a rolling countryside with an er ray of dinosaurs and people, and his use of color and shadow create a realistic scene. In this picture, the spring time pastels and greens give a feeling of lightheartedness and playfullness.
The second artist I chose is Henri Matisse. As a neo-impressionist in style, his use of color is very effective. I am drawn to his use of a saturated and lively palette that is striking. In this painting titled “Harmony in Red”, his use of red to encompass the woman and the bluish tint of the scenery outside the window and the patterns on the wall and table cloth gives a dramatic feel to the painting. His use of color contrasts to James Gurney, but is more effective at imparting feeling through color.
The third artist I chose is Salvador Dali. His artwork is surreal and he uses color theory to successfully give a mysterious and severe feel. I am drawn to his work because it is painted fluidly and incorporated fantastical ideas using everyday objects that have been molded and twisted in strange ways that defy physics.
After viewing work by these three artists, the artist that best conveys emotion to me is Matisse because his use of color is bright and direct and seems to convey the feelings of human everyday experience but Dali’s use of color is also good at conveying a sense of mystery.