Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What sort of work are colorblind artists producing?

Last summer, in a panic as I was about to enter art school, I searched online for evidence that it was, in fact, possible to be a colorblind artist. Googling "colorblind" or "colorblind artist" yields a gazillion responses, but most take "colorblind" as a metaphor; hence Google spat back a bunch of song lyrics, poems, artworks, and treatises on racism and social policy. But sometimes colorblind is just colorblind, eh?

So, below is a handful of more relevant finds. None of these sites discusses colorblindness in any depth, but they are proof positive that competent colorblind visual artists are out there doing a variety of work. (I've been gradually emailing them to ask for advice, which I'll include as it comes in.)

Jonathan Grundlach, a painter who uses a limited pallet: http://www.jonathangundlach.com/

Robert McCall, an illustrator of spaceflight-themed work: http://www.mccallstudios.com/mccall/
(McCall is interviewed by CNN at this site: http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9908/26/mccall.interview/)

Einar Lunden, a cartoonist and children's book illustrator (with a great blog): http://lundentoons.com/

Royce Deans, a figurative painter: http://www.draunaturel.com/
(Deans is interviewed by Artist Perspectives at this site: http://www.artist-perspectives.com/interviews/royce-deans.htm)

Peter Milton, a painter who became a printmaker upon learning of his colorblindness: http://www.petermilton.com

Michael Pickett, a painter who describes himself as "a colorblind artist with dyslexia": http://www.pickettonline.com

Rob Bergerson, a sci-fi/fantasy artist: http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/r/o/robb/

Christopher Smart, a marine life artist: http://luckyink.com/

Albert Uderz, illustrator of the Asterix historical comic book series is also colorblind, though Wikipedia reports that "his vision has greatly improved" (Can't imagine what the hell that means): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Uderzo

Also, in the book Anthropologist on Mars, Dr. Oliver Sachs includes an essay called "The Case of the Colorblind Painter" about a painter who completely loses his color vision at midlife and has to reinvent himself as an artist.

2 Comments:

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Mr Frisbee said...

Hello I'm a colourblind artist here's my work http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikvaughn/

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Hi.
I'm also red/green colour blind, an artist and tutor. My work can be viewed at www.richardrogers.com.au

 

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