Lunchbox/Soapbox: Merv Moriarty on Understanding Colour Relationships
Renowned Australian artist and founder of the Flying Arts School, Merv Moriarty, outlines how to plot a mathematically correct pathway between any two colours – a discovery which has led not only to the ability to mix colours accurately, but also to determine harmonious colour relationships.
As Merv explains, the colour relationships we find most satisfying to the eye are not the result of personal opinion, but exist independently as patterns of intervals that can be clearly demonstrated on the colour-wheel. We recognise them, just as in music we recognise a harmonious arrangement of notes within a scale.
This is an amazing aesthetic breakthrough, providing new tools for designers, graphic artists, artists and anyone who works with colour.
Merv Moriarty has spent a lifetime committed to art and its teaching. Born in 1937 in northern NSW Moriarty’s work is represented in prominent Australian and international collections including the Queensland and New South Wales Art Galleries.