Complementary Colours

Friday 23 June 2017

By Ashley Lumb

About this Curation

Contrast in painting is an artist’s key tool. So too is how you pair works together on a wall. Complementary colours are any two hues that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. Warm colours complement cold, so, think green opposed to red, orange opposed blue, or violet opposed to yellow. Pairing them on a wall together makes both appear brighter and makes each work stand out more. The works paired in this selection are designed to create this particular effect. For example, the deep blue in Icarus painting appears to be more intense when paired with the rich orange colours in Enclosed. Have a look around the site and see what dynamic pairings you can come up with.

About the Curator

Ashley is an American curator and art historian and has an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews. She has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the British Museum and as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Since 2012 she has been independently curating photography exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia with her curatorial collective Hemera. She is also the founder of the London and New York Photography Diaries.

61cm (W) x 46cm (H)
Acrylic and mix medium on canvas
100cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on stretched canvas
92cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylics, Charcoal and Oils on High Quality Canvas (Ready to Hang)
60.5cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic gouache on canvas
65cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylics on canvas
72cm (W) x 85cm (H)
Oil paint on stretched canvas
75cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Acrylic on stretched canvas.
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil paint on canvas
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
watercolour Pencil and Charcoal on Black Paper
91cm (W) x 91cm (H)
170cm (W) x 230cm (H)
Acrylic on Canvas
46cm (W) x 61cm (H)
oil on canvas
61cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic paint on square canvas. Painted in 2010 with Jo Sonya acrylic paints and sealed with a gloss varnish.
116cm (W) x 110cm (H)
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic paint on 12oz triple primed cotton duck canvas
61cm (W) x 22cm (H)
Artists gouache on quality stretched canvas