colour circle: four colour scheme for a room

On the inside rim of ‘actual space’, four paintings hang on the circumference wall: clay pot (upper right quadrant), lavender flower (lower right quadrant), clay pot complimentary (lower left quadrant) and lavender flower complimentary (upper left quadrant).

This same quadratic colour combination — clay pot, lavender flower, clay pot complimentary and lavender flower complimentary — is the four colour scheme that hangs on a circumference wall of an actual space in a room.

The colour space of this sculptural situation is taken from a lavender pot plant on a windowsill.

colour circle: four colour scheme for a room 2018 first appeared in Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School Gallery (cur. Nike Savvas), Sydney, in 2018. colour circle: four colour scheme for a room is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes lead pencil and acrylic paint on wood, and comprises of five components measuring, overall, 120 x 240 x 3.6 cm. colour circle: four colour scheme for a room is in a private collection: Redlands Contemporary Art Collection, Sydney, 2018.

This is the lavender pot plant on my studio’s windowsill in St Kilda, Melbourne, from which the colour space for the sculptuation colour space: four colour scheme for a room, 2018, was taken.


The colour space of the lavender plant in a pot (at a particular spot in the sun at a particular time of day) was measured in accordance with a CIELab colour space that locates colour within the three axes of lightness (the ‘L’ of ‘Lab’), red <—> green (the ‘a’ in ‘Lab’) and yellow <—> blue (the ‘b’ in ‘Lab’).

CIELab colour space was introduced in 1976 by the International Commission on Illumination (the ‘CIE’ of CIELab) to quantify our perceptual experience of colour as best as possible so that two people can endeavour to mean the same ‘red’ when they say ‘red’.

The CIELab colour space is based on measuring, or registering, the colour frequency of light rays reflected off the surface of objects just as our eye registers these same frequencies through our retina’s photoreceptors — rods and cones — and we transform the light ray’s frequency into a normative colour understanding (e.g. ‘red’ or ‘red-ish’).

One can use a colour wheel to align colours based, for instance, on complimentary, triadic or quadratic colour schemes. A quadratic colour scheme includes two colours and their complementaries.

In ‘colour circle: four colour scheme for a room’, a quadratic colour scheme has been fused with the CIELab colour space of a lavender plant in its terracotta pot (at a particular spot in the sun, at a particular time of the day, particular local in St Kilda, in Melbourne, etc, all unrepeatable, except as a four colour scheme for an interior).

entrance for internal secret agent
entrance for external secret agent
counter intelligence room for external secret agent
counter intelligence room for internal secret agent
overlooked room
lavender pot plant on windowsill
overseeing room
two secret agents befuddled by the four colours try to uncover their source
actual space
internal couch
external couch
colour space
lavender pot plant
a=green-red axis
b=yellow-blue axis
clay pot L=67 a=24.8 b=26.3
complementary clay pot L=67 a=-24.8 b=-26.3
lavender leaf L=95.6 a=-5.4 b=8.9
complementary lavender leaf L=95.6 a=5.4 b=-8.9
lavender flower L=65.5 a=30.9 b=-35.4
complementary L=65.5 a=-30.9 b=35.5
lavender flower L=70.7 a=15 b=-25.9
complementary L=70.7 a=-15 b= 25.9
shadow on clay pot L=41.2 a=20.9 b=20.2
complementary shadow L=41.2 a=-20.9 b=-20.2
clay pot L=76.1 a=30.4 b=25
complementary clay pot L=76.1 a=-30.4 b=-25