The latest exhibition opening at the Waterhall Gallery brings a welcome splash of colour to the heart of the city. This free show celebrates the vibrant use of colour in art, juxtaposing dazzling works of contemporary and abstract art with jewellery, craftwork to examine how artists and makers respond to the its endless possibilities.
Following the sequence of the rainbow, the show begins with Pop Art pioneer, Allen Jones, and heavyweight colourists, John Hoyland and Patrick Heron using the most emotive colour - red - to great effect. Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet follow, with a sci-fi inspired glitter painting by Fiona Rae, and luscious swathes of paint by Gillian Ayres. Cool blues are provided by Sean Scully’s Wall of Light (Blue) and a quirky abstract by Prunella Clough. The line up includes some of the greatest names in British art with works by Ben Nicholson, Howard Hodgkin, and YBA Ian Davenport whose violent approach to orange gloss paint still looks fresh twenty years on.
Colour Splash explores the power of colour to impress and express and offers a great opportunity to see some of the gems of the city’s highly acclaimed Contemporary Art Collection. There will also be the museum’s first showing of Warlu Warna by Australian Aboriginal artist Malcolm Jagamarra. Textiles, jewellery and African bead work –all from the Birmingham collection, add an insight into the decorative use of colour.