Talk in 2013

by adrien

Adrien Gary Lucca, artist and colour teacher, La Cambre Art School, Brussels

‘Painting’ with Paints and Lights  

Wednesday, 13th February 2013


We all agree that, in general, a perceived colour is the result of the interaction between: (1) an observer, (2) some light, and (3) some material. However, most artists today still use and organize colours without following such a model. Why?

Ambient light – natural or artificial – is something that is difficult to deal with. Most painters will be satisfied by a ‘weak’ level of light-control or they may even ignore light conditions when they create visual objects (paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, etc.) As a consequence – and against the fact that lights and materials always interact and ‘colour’ each other – lights and chromatic materials (such as dyes and pigments) are traditionally treated separately as two separate realms.

The presentation will attempt to show how we can overcome this situation. I will show two series of recent works (‘D65 Studies’, 2011-2012, and ‘Light Transformer Prototypes’, 2010-2012) in which I developed technical solutions to measuring and controlling what I called above ‘chromatic materials’ and ‘light conditions’ by using paints, prints, spectro-colorimetry, photometry, and computer-programming.



All meetings will take place in Room 1 (the front room) at 12 University Gardens, University of Glasgow. Refreshments will be available in the foyer from 4.45 p.m., and the talks will begin at about 5.10 p.m. They usually last for an hour. Everyone is welcome!



University of Glasgow
School of Critical Studies

4 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland
tel: +44 (0) 141 330 2000