Featuring informative and detailed colour histories, a section on working with monochromatic colour, and ‘recipes’ for paint-making, Chromatopia provides colour enthusiasts with an eclectic story of how synthetic colours came to be. For example, did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour, or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects.
Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history’s most extraordinary pigments. Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.
Chromatopia is the creation of David Coles, founder and master paintmaker at Langridge Artist Colours. David has been involved in the world of colour his whole life, both as a paintmaker and lecturer. By bringing art and science together, this book is the culmination of over two decades’ experience.
- Size: 171 x 225 x 25mm
- Format: Hardcover, 240pp
- ISBN-13: 9781760760021
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson