Talk : Creating Colour

Creating Colour
The Discovery of Pigment and the Creation of Paint
March 5th 2020, at 10.30
(doors open at 10.00)
Union Church & Community Centre
Weston Park,Crouch End
London N8 9PX


Al Johnson is a local sculptor and lecturer, and she will explore the development of colour in paintings, comparing some of the strange paint ‘recipes’ from twelfth and fifteenth century manuscripts with those for 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 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. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, and Bruce Castle Museum, London.
Al lectures on painting and sculpture to U3A groups, teachers, school groups, and visitors in galleries and museums including: the National Gallery, Tate, Wallace Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Bishopsgate Institute and the Royal Collection.