I have always been fascinated by the science of colour. How one colour can effect the whole look and feel of a moodboard. The games you can play are endless! I have often wondered how painters see colour, as their sense of observation is more acute. Or is it? Perhaps they see everyday objects in a different way? Or is just a question of interpretation? How do they analyse colour? How do they take inspiration from the colours in our artistic heritage?

There was only one thing for it, to ask an artist. Step forth Alex Fowler, of whose works I have always been a huge fan, with his strong use of complimentary tones and bold brush strokes.


MV: Looking to our heritage for inspiration is always rewarding, especially with the London galleries on our doorstep. Is there an artist, with works in London, who you revere, particularly for their use of colour?

AF: There are many. In fact the element that most draws me to a painting is probably the use of colour. In a gallery like Tate Modern, where there is a large range of different visual languages on display in one room, it is probably the paintings with beautiful use of colour that would draw me in. I think of the wonderful Bonnard painting “Bowl of Milk” depicting a young woman, possibly Bonnard’s wife Marthe, carrying a bowl of milk for the cat at her feet, standing by an open window with golden balustrades beyond and a glimpse of the sparkling evening light on the Mediterranean.

Pierre Bonnard: Bowl of Milk