The RA Artists Debate: Colour

Christopher Le Brun PRA, Artist
Rebecca Salter RA, Artist
Introduction: Dr Anna M. Dempster, Head of Academic Programmes, Royal Academy of Arts

WHERE? The Lecture Theatre

WHEN? Saturday 29 June 2019

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Join leading contemporary artists, Christopher Le Brun PRA and Rebecca Salter RA, as they discuss one of the most powerful themes in art: colour.

Every object, surface and material reflects light in different ways, producing different sensations to the viewer – this is defined as colour.

As colour is intrinsically connected with perception, this subject has fascinated humans for thousands of years. It is one of the most interdisciplinary topics, studied by psychologists, chemists, physicists, marketeers and – of course – artists.

President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun, and  Keeper of the Royal Academy Rebecca Salter, will explore their own very personal relationships with colour and how they use colour – or the lack thereof – in their own work.

CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN, PRA is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. He trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career, he was a double prize winner at the John Moores exhibitions, 1978 & 1980, also showing in the Venice Biennale, 1982, and the ground-breaking Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin 1982. His most recent exhibition was with the Lisson Gallery London in 2018. He is also represented by the Albertz Benda Gallery in New York. He is currently The President of The Royal Academy of Arts.

REBECCA SALTER graduated from Bristol Polytechnic then spent two years as a research student at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan. She combines her main practice in painting with an interest in the history and technique of Japanese woodblock printing. In 2003 she was artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA and in 2011 had a major solo show at Yale Center for British Art. She has also featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2014 and in 2017 was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy. 

DR ANNA M. DEMPSTER is Head of Academic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts and College Research Associate at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, where she also sits on the Fine Arts Committee. Anna was previously Associate Professor in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art responsible for the Art Business, Finance and Management Unit as well as teaching strategy, entrepreneurship and research methods all tailored for the art world. Prior to that she was Director of Research at the Creative Industries Observatory, University of the Arts London, and Founding Director of the MSc/MA in Creative Industries at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has research and teaching experience in leading international institutions including the University of Cambridge, London Business School and Rotterdam School of Management and she regularly consults for practitioners and policy-makers. She holds a BA and MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Management Studies from the Judge Business School, Cambridge.