In a world full of colour why do people still hang black and white paintings or photos on their walls? Is it nostalgia or something else? Have you ever looked at black and white paintings and felt an emotion, perhaps of a time gone by? Are black and white images popular because they allow the mind to complete and create its own perfect idea of a memory? Do black and white images stir a reawakening of memories long forgotten?
Monochrome artwork is a type of artwork created in a single colour, and often refers to black and white art. It commonly utilises various shades or tints to create texture and perspective. For centuries artists used different shades of brown or black ink to create monochrome pictures on paper. The ink would simply be diluted to achieve the required shades.
Rembrandt, Christ Healing The Sick c.1647-1649
Paintings by old masters and of old masters such as Jan Van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres also were produced in monochrome.
Black and White Art
With his selection of black and white paintings, artist Theo Michael affirms the previous questions. Yes, his artwork stirs emotions and reminds us of an era gone by. These are powerful paintings with careful bursts of colour that almost surprise the viewer and elevate the overall experience of the work through their restraint colour palette. A whole spectrum of shades is achieved by simply using the two complimentary colours of Ultra Marine Blue and Burnt Sienna.