Color in Contemporary Painting: Why and How it Matters

Wednesday-Friday | 6/5-6/7 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now. Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
9:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
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Gage Capitol Hill
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In this workshop, we will investigate some of the important issues in using color in important recent art. Color is always interacting with other colors as to space, structure and emotional content, like it or not; something is happening in the reading of the painting that is either a help or a hindrance. Move beyond the usual art school charts, graphs, theories and formulas and begin to learn to see and understand what is really happening. This will not happen in three days – it takes much experience in looking and seeing – but it will get you started asking the right questions to head you toward your correct answers.

Your instructor will also give you simple ways to begin to see in painting exercises, relating to individual painters as much as possible, not tell you how you should paint, but honestly evaluate what you are doing. How you choose to proceed is up to you. This is a more advanced class for skilled painters wishing to move forward leaving art school rules behind in a logical, consistent and convincing manner.