These are used to define colours and intervals mathematically. They can also be used to mathematically transpose a successful colour scheme, of a particular dominant colour, to another part of the colour cylinder mathematically, making any number of colour ways possible with precisely the same interval structure.
Special fold out pages reveal Merv’s original theories about colour as light, colour as pigment and his three-section colour wheel system. His other original theories covering interval and linkage and his work with thousands of students, proves that “right colour” is objective, not subjective. This book will open a world of possibilities in colour and take your work to new heights.
This book is based on Merv’s theories and systems of colour:
First editions of COLOUR - the definitive guide
Colour - the definitive guide was launched at the National Library of Australia by Andrew Sayer AO Director Museum of Australia on the 6th of September, 2012.
"So Merv’s subject is principally relationships. And it’s here that the book really sings – intervals, linkages, harmonies, complementarity, simultaneous contrast – this last he calls ‘the light maker’. If you read anything by Matisse – and Matisse is always rewarding to read on art – he talks everywhere about the capacity of paintings and drawings to generate light. I’m sure he would have seen eye to eye with Merv on many things.
"Sensitivity to colour is immensely satisfying – it's one of the things that enriches our lives in the world. But I think most of us are unsure about, or insecure about our responses.
"Artists share this sense; it is only after a day of painting – trying to see and match tones and hues - that the artist starts to see the immense colour possibilities all around.
"Colour - the definitive guide is a labour of love. It is a beautiful production and you can see and feel in it all the care that has been taken to get it right."
Extract from speech by Andrew Sayer AO Director Museum of Australia, September 2012 Book Launch at National Library of Australia.
The Eye's Mind - the artist and the draftsman was launched at the National Library of Australia by His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE on the 22nd of June, 2010.