A Theory of Colours for Parrots2015
From a series of three paintings in oil on canvas, each measuring 60 x 97.1cm. Although theories of colour had their origins in the ancient world and in the Renaissance, the first definitive text on this subject was almost certainly Theory of Colours (original German title Zur Farbenlehre), a book by the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1810. After being translated into English by Charles Eastlake in 1840, the theory became widely adopted by the art world – especially among the Pre-Raphaelites. J. M. W. Turner studied it comprehensively and referenced it in the titles of several paintings. Wassily Kandinsky considered it "one of the most important works.” According to the fossil record, the earliest parrots appeared on earth roughly 70 million years ago. This means that parrot colour ‘practice’ significantly predates human colour ‘theory'.