“Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of colour to express myself more forcefully… To express the love of two lovers by the marriage of two complementary colours… Someone’s passion by the radiance of the setting sun.” Van Gogh’s words reflect how much colour can affect the impact – and our interpretation – of an artist’s work, whether they’re painting sunflowers or designing jewellery inspired by the flower.
The use of colour in the art world has been a great source of inspiration to Kiki and London is indisputably one of the greatest global hubs for this kind of creative talent. Once October arrives and the city is ablaze with fiery autumnal colours, eyes turn to Regent’s Park as Frieze London returns. Expect to see contemporary art by artists from 160 international galleries, as well as a packed programme of newly-commissioned artworks, films and talks.
One of our highlights is Frieze Sculpture; you can admire the 25 outdoor artworks for yourself until 7 October. Rana Begum demonstrates, with coloured glass panels, how strikingly one can combine primary and secondary colours, using natural shifts in daylight, to striking effect, as Kiki does in her jewellery – teaming Peridot with Blue Topaz, for example, or Lemon Quartz with Fire Opal.
The shapes and motifs on show also are a source of inspiration – and wonder. The needle-like sculpture, below, has been designed to maximise the refractive qualities of natural light, so its colour is interactive, like the iridescence found on butterfly wings or Opals – here the sculpture gleams like a sky-blue Tanzanite.
Tell us @kikimcdonough what colours caught your eye at Frieze this year.
Frieze London 2018, 4-7 October, friezelondon.com