Artist Captures Every Point On The Spectrum

For the past six years, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (pictured) has been working with a color chemist to produce paint pigments that correspond to each nanometer of the visible light spectrum. As he tests his pigments, he creates disk-shaped digital paintings — called the Color Experiment Paintings — that reveal different gradients of the color spectrum. Last year, as part of this series, Eliasson analyzed seven works by the English artist J.M.W. Turner and created corresponding pieces for each that distill Turner’s use of light and color. Eliasson’s Turner Color Experiments — paintings that fade from brown to green and from blue to red — are currently on display at Tate Britain alongside an exhibition of Turner’s late work.

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