An Illustrated History of Colour


History comes alive in this book on colour’s creation.


ISBN: 9781760760021 Categories: ,

David Coles


Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history’s most extraordinary pigments.

Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

Additional information

Weight 866 g
Dimensions 17.1 x 22.5 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2018
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Adrian Lander
Dimensions 17.1 x 22.5 cm
Weight 866 g
Chromatopia is the creation of David Coles, founder and master paintmaker at Langridge Artist Colours - one of the world's most respected makers of artists' oil paints. David has been involved in the world of colour his whole life, both as a paintmaker and lecturer. By bringing art and science together, this book is the culmination of a life's work in the field. Over the last twenty-five years, David has channelled this enthusiasm for colour into guest lectures for many of the world's leading art colleges. In the process, he has helped a generation of artists discover, select, and ultimately master the materials best suited to their artistic intentions.