Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Georges Braque 1901 - 1909

Georges Braque 1901-09

This colour timelines charts the progress of Braque's colour palette. It is part of a triptych

I've taken 30 of Braque's oil paintings from 1901-09 and used custom software to extract the four most predominant colours from each one. The colours are presented as bar charts which I've arranged end-to-end, in chronological order. 

Braque 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print on smooth 225gsm white archival cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 35. £38 including international shipping.

If you are interested in this concept and would like to make your own using any set of images then keep an eye on my Colourstory project on twitter. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Friends and rivals - Matisse and Picasso, 1901 to 1909


Matisse 1901 - 1909 (Left) / Picasso 1901 - 1909 (Right)

In 1906 Matisse met Picasso.The two became lifelong friends as well as rivals and are often compared.  Read clockwise, these colour timelines chart the progress of each artist's colour palette from 1901 -1909.

I've selected thirty oil paintings by each artist and used custom software to extract the four most predominant colours from each one. The colours are presented as bar charts which I've arranged end-to-end, in chronological order. 

Can you identify Picasso's infamous 'blue period'?

Matisse - 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print on smooth 225gsm white archival cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 35. £38 including international shipping.

Picasso - 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print on smooth 225gsm white archival cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 35. £38 including international shipping.

If you are interested in this concept and would like to make your own using any set of images then keep an eye on my Colourstory project on twitter. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Postcard packs now for sale!















Each pack contains 6 postcards including:

1 x British Vogue 2001 - 2011
1 x Picasso 1901 - 1909
1 x Wild Things
1 x Caterpillar
1 x World Cup Final 2014 - Germany v Argentina
1 x World Cup 2014 - Mexico v Cameroon

The Colourstory postcards are A6 size (105mm H x 148mm W) and printed on smooth high white 300gsm card. Title, description and contact details printed on reverse, otherwise blank.

£10 including international shipping.

Monday, 4 August 2014

A Picasso Colourstory

Picasso 1901 - 1909

The evolution of Picasso's palettes come to life in this 20cm W x 25cm H fine art inkjet print made using archival inks and paper.

This brand new limited edition print charts the great artists' oil paintings from 1901 to 1909. His most commonly accepted periods during this time are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909).

Signed and numbered in a limited edition of 35. 

£38 including international postage.  

We did it!

So pleased to announce that our Colourstory Kickstarter campaign was a success! Watch this space for more updates.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Hack the Space

David and Arthur being interviewed by Channel 4 news

On Friday the 13th of June Watershed's technologist David Haylock and I took the train to London to participate in Hack the Space - a digital art event to launch The Space which took place in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. 

We were among about 150 other artists and programmers who took part, working in teams or alone, to create art from data over 24 hours. 

The piece we made uses RGB LED's called NeoPixels which display the main colours in a painting. Our light sculpture is a chronological representation of the Tate's painting archive which takes about an hour to cycle through the collection of 4500 images. 

More on what we came up with here


Friday, 13 June 2014

Kickstarting Colourstory

Some of the great rewards we will be offering to those who back our Kickstarter campaign 

On June 19th I am excited to be launching a campaign on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Raising money to build a web platform which will enable anyone to personally create beautiful colour timelines using any set of images at the touch of a button, the campaign will run for thirty days. 

Follow @Colourstoryapp to keep up to date with the project!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Colourstory

Students at 'Proof' UWE Print Centre Staff Show reading a Colourstory. 


Building on everything we learned during last year's REACT funded feasibility study I'm very excited to have founded Colourstory Ltd. in January this year. 

"The Colourstory apps allow users to automatically create, share and play beautiful abstract representations of their lives using colours extracted from their photo albums. Colourstory is fun, easy to use and thought provoking."

The apps and website are currently under construction, so in the meantime follow @colourstoryapp on twitter for daily updates, artworks and quizzes. 

This has been made possible by residencies at WebStart Bristol, who are based in The Engine Shed and The Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed. For more info pease don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Colourstories - colour in picture book narrative

Snowman

Wild Things
Caterpillar

Here's three brand new colour trend timelines that I'm releasing as limited editions of 50, printed on Somerset Velvet 225gsm fine art paper using archival UV inkjet inks. 

They're a tribute to three classic children's books - The Snowman, Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Using custom software, I've reduced each page in all three books to it's main five colours proportionally according to size, then arranged each resulting chart in sequence. 

As well as the dramatic difference in each illustrator's palette, narrative information such as day and night times are revealed - if you look closely you can even tell what kind of fruits the Caterpillar ate for breakfast. 

Free worldwide postage. 

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Snowman - Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered 50cm (H) x 50cm (W) printed on Somerset Velvet 225gsm fine art paper using archival UV inkjet inks. £50. 



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Wild Things - Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered 50cm (H) x 50cm (W) printed on Somerset Velvet 225gsm fine art paper using archival UV inkjet inks. £50.


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Caterpillar - Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered 50cm (H) x 50cm (W) printed on Somerset Velvet 225gsm fine art paper using archival UV inkjet inks. £50.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Best American Infographics

I'm honored to have my 'Ten Years, Ten Artists' print featured in the debut edition of 'The Best American Infographics' edited by Gareth Cook featuring an introduction by David Byrne.

The beautifully designed book is launching at The Rubin Museum of Art on Wednesday October 9th 2013. Tickets are available here

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Multiplied at Christie's 2013

British, Italian, U.S and Paris Vogue colour trend visualisation prints by Arthur Buxton
on display at the Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle, U.K.  

Pleased to announce that for the second year running CFPR Editions will be showing
my Vogue series at Christie's Multiplied

18 - 21st October 2013.

Christie's South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3 LD.



Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Visualising Colour Trends

'Paris Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011' (Detail)



REACT at the Watershed Bristol's amazing Pervasive Media Studio have just announced funding for a new research project that sees myself and Dr Paul Laidler working together to explore the field of colour trend visualization. The collaboration will investigate target audiences and scope the development of easy-to-use software to engage users with the world around them through colour. Hold tight for more updates!

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Klee Visualisation



A1 size (59.4 cm W x 84.9 cm H), signed, numbered and printed on 170gsm matt paper using UV archival inks. £40 plus £8 postage. Limited edition of 50.


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Kandinsky Visualisation



A1 size (59.4 cm W x 84.9 cm H), signed, numbered and printed on 170gsm matt paper using UV archival inks. £40 plus £8 postage. Limited edition of 50.



Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Penguin Science Fiction Covers


Stumbling upon this incredibly well organised website I was presented with some truly fascinating source material for a new set of colour trend timelines to follow on from my recent Vogue covers work. I got into reading science fiction at an early age and as a designer have always admired penguin covers. It’s nice to see Penguin's iconic orange making a comeback.


Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered A2 42 cm (W) x 59.4 cm (H) archival UV inkjet prints on fine art cotton paper. £40 each including worldwide postage. 



Limited edition of 20 signed and numbered A1 59.4 cm (W) x 84.9 cm (H) archival UV inkjet prints on fine art cotton paper. £65 each including worldwide postage.


Friday, 4 January 2013

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

HOWKAPOW!

Ten Years, Ten Artists print (framed) Limited edition of 50.
Trendy new homewares retailer Howkapow, who are getting lots of love from The Guardian this year, have started stocking my Ten Years, Ten Artists print!

You can still get it direct from me here or you can buy it from Howkapow here along with all their other stylish designer goodies. If you're in Bristol be sure to visit their wonderful new shop.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Christie's Multiplied

I'm really exited to be exhibiting at Christie's Multiplied
this year as part of CFPR Editions from the 12 - 15th October.

Christie's South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD

Free entry

Friday, 17 August 2012

Pieface Marilyn














































Signed and numbered edition of 10 printed using archival UV inks on Somerset Velvet enhanced radiant white 225gsm paper. 50 cm (w) x 51.34 cm (h).

£80 including worldwide postage.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Just Press P - Exhibition Rewiew















My Vogue Series is on display at the Northern Print gallery in Newcastle as part of a group show called 'Just Press P' until the 10th of August. Here's a review of the show by  Sarah Oglivie.
 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Ten Years, Ten Artists


Ten extraordinary years of art history - the Impressionists, Neo - Impressionists and Post - Impressionists were responsible for a revolution in color. Within this colour trend visualisation, each chart represents an individual painting with the five most prominent colours shown proportionally.



Signed and numbered limited edition of 50 printed on 170gsm coated matte paper using archival inkjet inks. A2 size (594 x 420 mm / 23.4 x 16.5 in).

* The paypal button below has been fixed (20/12/12)

£40 including shipping.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Vogue covers covered - colour trend visualisations

 British Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
 Italian Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
 Paris Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
US Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011



For more info and how to purchase these colour timelines as limited edition prints please visit 
CFPR Editions.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Vogue Italia

I'm nearing the end of the collating, recording and sampling work for the fourth and final print edition in the Vogue Covers series. Having finished the printed versions of British, Paris and USA I'm currently compiling the colour data needed to generate the last International Vogue magazine to be ‘covered’ for the edition - Italian Vogue.




Aside from seasonality and longer term changes in colour trends, other, more quantitative data is evidenced. By looking at ‘Paris Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011’ (Below, running right-left) we can see a sudden change in tones which occurs in late 1987. Colombe Pringle became the magazine's editor-in-chief in December 1987. The colours undergo a sudden change again in 1994 when Joan Juliet Buck, an American, was named Pringle's successor.

Clio Design Award

My 'Masterpieces of Expressionism' pie chart calendar for  Martin Breuer at Euro RSCG took a Silver Award at the Clios this year. Best Calendar in the Design category.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Triangle trance





























Trance - 25 cm (w) x 28.5 cm (h). Model Daphne Groeneveld on the cover of Paris Vogue in a trance like state for a Tom Ford photo shoot.

Delaunay raster printed as a full colour CMYK screen print on the French (oh so smooth) Arches cotton paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 10.

£30 each including shipping.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Science Illustrations


















Spending so much time on colour trend analysis, its easy to forget that I went to university to learn how to be an illustrator, so it was really nice to be commissioned by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Maryland, to do these editorial pieces, especially as I enjoy learning about all things sciency in my spare time (mostly via the excellent Guardian Science Weekly podcast). The folks at the HHMI were lovely people to work for. Busted out the Wacom tablet.

As you can probably tell, these where both about genetics. The one on the right was also about the mouses ability to measure time using its acute sense of smell.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Vogue Magazine colour trend visualisations







































Vogue magazine covers act as an ideal barometer for charting colour trends. These are by far the biggest colour trend visualisations I've attempted so far and in fact they're still a work in progress with a Vogue Italia version to come. From top to bottom is British Vogue, Vogue Paris and U.S. Vogue. Within each piece the small bar charts show the five most prominent colours, proportionally, in an individual Vogue cover. Each column is a year starting with September and working down to October at the bottom. The columns run from 1981 on the right working across to 2011 on the left. So that's 5 x 12 x 30 x 3 colours in total! (with the exception of a few covers which I couldn't find on the web and a few French ones that are duplicates) What's immediately obvious is the differences in overall national colour palettes. The most striking trend is the recent preference for paler colours, which is evident on all three charts. Seasonal trends are more subtle. The Paris edition is mostly published only 10 times a year which shows up as duplicated rows in August and January.

I'm looking forward to seeing what colours Italy brings. These are available to buy as fine art prints over at
CFPR Editions.