New Exhibition at 311 Gallery in Raleigh

Raleigh Art Gallery 311 presents "Blonde Abstractions" Exhibition

An exhibition that presents a riot of complementary and contradictory color to raise the autumn spirits

Color theory has been a component of the visual arts for centuries, first appearing in the writings of Alberti and da Vinci in the 1400s.  Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of color (1704) marks the beginning of the color wheel as we know it today.

Google color theory and you will get over 12 million hits that cover the basics of hue, saturation, and lightness, warm vs cool, tints and shades, and the 7 color harmonies.  What about contradictory colors?


Contradictory colors are more elusive.  Most definitions discuss how the color is used through culture and context; thus every color is a contradictory color.  One source defined complementary colors as the Yin-Yang or contradictory colors; no help there!

21st century color theory has expanded the basic harmonies with the addition of custom harmonies which are not based on any formal rules.  A good custom scheme uses hue, saturation, and lightness at its root to create a harmonious palette with a possible potent accent color.

Contradictory color schemes fall here! These schemes contain nervous, loud or aggressive sets of colors that are used to create shocking, gaudy, or jazzy work! Contemporary fun and fodder for abstract artists!

Abstract art is broadly defined as non-objective and non-representational art.  Unlike more traditional genres, abstract artists tend to be more concerned with the process than the final product.  Color and the application of color are important components of the process.

Abstract painting for Kelly Blackington is about trusting her intuition.  It allows her to tap into a different part of her brain.  She likes to study colors and textures and play with combinations.

Kelly gets bored easily and sees herself as having “Artist ADD.” She loves nothing more than changing her direction to try something new.

Mary Storms loves to play with color to express the symbiotic relationship between nature and the life forms it nurtures.  She uses paper, sculpting paste, and found objects in her work along with scrubbing some layers off to create texture.

Sherri Stewart’s work entails a spiritual awakening with a focus on reflection and growth.  She uses alcohol ink for its unpredictability, fluidity and vibrancy; a metaphor for her unstructured, free flowing inquisitive journey.

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