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The Story of “Blue” in Art

The life that we see is incredibly vivid.

Sleeping Softly, Deeply and Softly
91 x 72.7 cm / ¥330,000

However, in our daily lives, only artists and designers are conscious of color.

Let’s take a moment to think about the effects that color has on us.
For example, it is said that red stimulates the secretion of adrenaline and yellow affects the lymphatic system. Whether true or not, the effects of color on physiological and psychological functions are actively applied in advertising, for example. Colors are used in different ways according to the purpose of the advertisement, in other words, according to the different aims of the advertisement.

But what about in the art world?

For example, blue was often used in the works of the Impressionists, and in the Middle Ages it was the color of royalty. Yves Klein was also fascinated by blue and created his own color, International Klein Blue (IKB). Blue is the color of serenity and nobility.

Of course, color is one of the indispensable gadgets in art. Lightness or darkness, luxury or purity, each specific color has its own metaphorical image, and it is an important way for a painter to input the world he envisions.

Hinamada’s work is no different.
Using crayons, acrylics and gesso as a base, her works are often on a grand scale, and the colors used are mostly blue.

Doors open
180 x 270cm / 4,000,000 yen

For more information about her works, click here.

 The main theme of the works of Delta N.A, an artist unit that has traveled the world to present their works in places such as Los Angeles, Turin, Miami, Monte Carlo, and Paris, is the dichotomy that modern people face. The use of low-light blues invites us to a relaxing time with a hint of fantasy and thought-provoking colors.

La scelta del cuore – Heart’s
choice60 x 50cm/¥187,000
Dream in the
wood100 x 70 cm/187,000 yen

Click here for more information about the work.

Hiroki Takahashi is an artist who paints the delicate four seasons of Japan in great detail. He is meticulous in maintaining the clarity and freshness of the colors in order to make the most of the beauty of mineral pigments as a material. The emotionally rich pictures spun from the colors derived from the mineral pigments are finished with a solid depth, but without being unrefined.

Milky Way Fuji
53 x 41cm / ¥600,000

 Fuji, and the Milky Way, one of the most Japanese motifs painted in deep blue, you may want to sit back in your chair at home and take your time to look at them.

The Milky Way
33.3 x 24.2 cm / ¥280,000

Click here for details of the work.

Art is made up of countless components such as motifs, materials, brushstrokes, and contexts. However, when choosing a work of art that is closely related to our lives, we should be aware of color.

Shinzo Okuoka
Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying Indian philosophy at university, she worked at a publishing company as a deputy editor of an art magazine and a shrine magazine, where she was involved in planning and editing magazines and books. 2019 she joined TRiCERA, a start-up company, where she was in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own on-demand media. He is also in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own owned media. He is a fast writer, and when he was working for a magazine, he was able to write 150 pages in a month by himself.

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