Liss Llewellyn is delighted to present Colour!: an online exhibition based around the theme of colour in Modern British Art.

2023 marks the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Sir Isaac Newton’s pioneering experiments with sunlight and prisms, which helped establish primary and secondary colours, and provided the scientific foundation for our visual spectrum. Through these experiments Newton first developed a theory of colour, based upon a wheel (also referred to as Newton’s Disc), and paved the way for his groundbreaking 1704 treatise, Opticks.

The notion of colour theory is of fascinating and enduring interest to many, and has fuelled some of the finest works of British Modernism. It is a subject which has stirred the imagination of various Modern British Artists, including Marlow Moss, Robert Arthur Wilson, and Jas Wood, among others, and whose work represents an important chapter in the history of colour theory.

We are thrilled to bring together a selection of works – both abstract and figurative – which explore this theme.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Kathleen Guthrie (1905 - 1981)
Karl Hagedorn (1889 - 1969)
Rhythmical Expression: Full-length Female Nude, c. 1913
Jack Smith (1928 - 2011)
Painted Relief, 1962
Charles Sims (1873 - 1928)
My Pain Beneath Your Sheltering Hand, c.1928
Rachel Reckitt (1908 - 1995)
Matador, c. 1955
Marlow Moss (1889 - 1958)
White, Black, Yellow and Blue, 1954
Gerald Leet (1913 - 1998)
Yellow and Pink Lilies on a window ledge overlooking the sea, mid 30’s
Michael Stokoe (1933 -2021)
Colour values: space weight and perspective, 1966
James Wood (1889 - 1975)
Multi coloured dots, version one, on a grey ground, circa 1920
John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)
Blue, Red and Yellow triangles, circa 1938
John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)
Rondo. (Subtitled “a nous la liberte”)` 1953
John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)
Tita, circa 1960
Kathleen Guthrie (1905 - 1981)
Original Design for White, Red and Blue Circles in Square, c. 1939
Robert Arthur Wilson (1884 - 1979)
Colour Wheel, 1919
On Loan
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Still life with Snakes and Ladders board