Frickers and colour vision and how do we ‘see’?
What do we really see as opposed to what we think we see, what we are taught to see, what is ‘colour blindness’, what do great artists see?
”Red-Bales 1″, first attempt at a visual liberation, a breakthrough.An introduction to some of the distinctive features of Frickers work as an artist.
An introduction to the qualities of anomalous colour vision.
What do we really see as opposed to what we think we see, what we are taught to see?
Article by Francis Pratt, edited by David Folley.
A fuller picture is available on the page concerning colour vision.
Frickers shares with ten percent of men and many women
the oldest kind of colour vision known to mankind.
Instead of having three types of cone shaped colour receptors at the back of the eye, he has two.
Most of us have heard of people who sometimes confuse red and green, but few realise the full implications of this so called ‘colour blindness which is better termed anomalous colour vision.
While depriving Gordon of aspects of colour experience familiar to most of us, his special way of seeing provides him with another range of visual excitements.
It is these that fuel his passion for colour and explain a great deal about the remarkable anomalous individuality of his painting.
Frickers colour experience is a great deal more volatile and ephemeral than for most people.
Gordon Frickers anomalous colour vision varies his colours significantly more than for colour normal people and still more with the ever occurring changes in natural lighting conditions.
To pin down these shifting sands of appearance he has to look with a special intensity using parts of the visual apparatus which the other ninety percent of us rarely make use of.
In particular he is adept at exploiting his peripheral colour vision.
The result is reflected in the intensity of his style and the exciting appearance of the landscapes and seascapes made using his freer and more expressive style.
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