Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tricia Rumbolz and Color Theory

In the gallery this month are a series of panels by Tricia Rumbolz that have, at their core, a strong color theory conception. Tricia's work always begins with a strong initial idea that will then propel her through the often long process of it's execution. In this case color theory, as it plays out on the color wheel, is at the heart of these six panels.

For example, in the panel pictured below, the color violet is the starting point for a series of explorations of color mixing. The upper left disc is created by drawing, by hand, a radiating series of lines - the left side of that disc is made up of purely violet lines, the right side of the disc made up of alternating violet and orange lines.  The disc on the upper right-hand side is made up of alternating lines of violet, blue and yellow. The disc on the lower left - alternating lines of violet, yellow and red. And the disc on the lower right - violet, blue and red.

Tricia Rumbolz - 240 Violet Lines, 40 Orange, 120 Yellow, 120 Red, 120 Blue - 12"x12"

Upon close viewing the lines are distinct. When the panels are viewed from a slight distance the line merge and the colors mix. This is not unlike the way the painters such as George Seurat applied distinct daubs of paint to his canvases and let the color mix for the viewer.

George Seurat - Beach at Gravelines, 1890 - Courtlaund Institute of Art

In all there are six panels in Tricia's series. Each panel exploring varied color combinations. Each panel is 12 x 12 inches.

Trica Rumbolz - Various Panels

Color Wheel Illustrating a Few Color Relationships

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