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Merv Moriarty on Understanding Colour Relationships


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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.

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.

This is an amazing aesthetic breakthrough, providing new tools for designers, graphic artists, artists and anyone who works with colour.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.



Merv Moriarty

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. Moriarty has been a major prize winner and finalist an... Read more


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