Naturally Brilliant Colour

Experience colour like never before in an exhibition that celebrates the spectacular shades of the natural world. Peter Gray reports.

Explore the history of colour reproduction and experience the boldest, brightest colours on earth at Kew Gardens’ fantastic new exhibition. Naturally Brilliant Colour will make you question the very concept of colour and explore how the brain interprets and converts the colours which we see.

“Go on a journey from the very origins of colour on Earth, up to the creation of Pure Structural Colour and its aesthetic potential in art and beyond” says the Kew Gardens website about the exhibition.

The exhibition will explore how artists through the ages have depicted the brightest hues in the natural world with works by the likes of Robert John Thornton and contemporary artist Julia Trickey.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a new colour production method which is set to have a dramatic effect on the worlds of fashion and the arts.

Led by Chemist Andrew Parker, a team of scientists from the science group Lifescaped have recreated a phenomenon used in nature to produce incredibly vivid, brilliant colours. 

Pure Structural Colour has been created by artificially recreating the complex microscopic surface structures that certain animals and plants use to produce colours. These structures allow the organisms to reflect light in an altered way, which is why the colours produced are so unique.

Now, for the first time, the technology will be showcased to the general public. Artist Coral G Guest has used the technology to create the ‘world’ s first botanical artwork’ which will be used to showcase a range of ‘jewel-like shades’. 

“Be immersed in a mesmerising large-scale kaleidoscope containing glass created with this stunning new colour” says the Kew Gardens website of the artwork. 

“Get a taste for how it could be used in the world of fashion and art and get a sneak peek at prototype accessories coated with the new form of colour”. 

Families and schools visiting the exhibition will be able to pick up a free booklet about the exhibition, filled with fun facts and activities to complete. 

So, if you fancy exploring a world of brilliant and unforgettable colours, then you need to head to Kew! 

Naturally Brilliant Colour is at Kew Gardens from the 17th of May 2021 until the 26th of September 2021. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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What: art exhibition
When: 9 Jun - 26 Sept 21
Where: Kew Gardens