On Thursday 5 March 2020 we are delighted to welcome sculptor and art historian Al Johnson, who will give a talk entitled Creating colour : how pigments were discovered, and paint was created.
The talk will be held at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX, the venue of our regular monthly meetings.
Doors open at 10.00 a.m., talk begins at 10.30 a.m.
Al Johnson will explore the development of colour for paintings, comparing some of the strange paint ‘recipes’ from twelfth and fifteenth century manuscripts with the synthetic colours created in Europe in the 1900s and eagerly sought by impressionist painters. The talk will consider the worldwide search for colour, exploring some of the bizarre processes developed to extract pigments from stone and metal, and will give an insight into the extraordinary range of skills needed to create a masterpiece.
Al Johnson is a sculptor and art historian. She has exhibited her work widely: exhibitions include Reactions at Imperial War Museum North, Salford, Flight and the Artistic Imagination at Compton Verney’ Warwickshire and Protect at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.
Al’s work is in both private and public collections, including Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, and Bruce Castle Museum, London.
Al lectures on painting, sculpture and printmaking and delivers Practical workshops in a variety of settings including: The National Gallery, Tate Britain and Modern, Wallace Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Bishopsgate Institute. and the Royal Collection.