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“Colour Tests (Various Styles)”

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Each individual Colour Test is an original ink study. The artist uses handmade natural inks, made from pigment extracted from foraged local plants, mixed with gum arabic and clove oil for preservation. Natural inks are alive and constantly transforming, so they are best kept out of strong sunlight or damp conditions. The colours have been modified with soda ash, alum, rust water, lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

A4 Varieties are 21.0 x 29.7 cm on 200gsm watercolour paper.

 

1 – A4 Colour Test (Golden Rod, Oak Gall, Wild Grape, Gorse bush)

Goldenrod plants were found growing on the side of the Rea river, wild grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath (both Birmingham), oak galls from a tree in East Sussex and gorse from the Longmynd Shropshire.

2 – A 4 Colour Test (Buckhorn, Wild Grape, Sloe, Oak Gall)

Golden rod plants were found growing on the side of the Rea river, wild grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath and sloe’s in maypole, all in Birmingham and oak galls from a tree in East Sussex. 

3 – A4 (Buckhorn, Young Grape, Elderberry, Oak Gall)

Golden rod plants were found growing on the side of the Rea river, wild grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath and sloe’s in maypole, all in Birmingham and oak galls from a tree in East Sussex.

A3 Varieties are 29.7 x 42.0 cm on 300gsm handmade watercolour paper.

 

4 – A3 Colour Test (Gorse, Goldenrod, Buckhorn, Wild Grape)

Goldenrod plants were found growing on the side of the Rea river, wild grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath (both Birmingham), buckhorn berries from a bush in Norfolk, gorse from the Longmynd Shropshire. 

5 – A3 Colour Test (Ragwort, Young Wild Grape, Oak Gall)

Young wild grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath, Birmingham, ragwort from Shropshire and oak galls from a tree in East Sussex. 

6 – A3 Colour Test (Young Grape, Oak Gall, Golden Rod, Gorse)

Goldenrod plants were found growing on the side of the Rea river, young grape from an overhanging garden vine in Kings Heath (both Birmingham) oak galls from a tree in East Sussex and gorse from the Longmynd Shropshire.

Laura Cooper is a British artist and filmmaker. Her practice embraces performance, video installation and drawing. Solo exhibitions include Softening the Grid at Milton Keynes Arts Center,2017. Nomadic Glow, Centro ADM Mexico City 2015 and Soft Revolutions, Space In Between Gallery London 2013. Group exhibitions include Play, Game, Place, State, Collyer Bristow Gallery London UK, Voice and The Lens, Ikon Gallery Birmingham 2012 & Rich Mix Cinema London 2014. VideoGud program Sweden 2015, Eyes As Sieves Global Committee New York, Third House Titanik Gallery Finland 2017. Residencies include 108 NY USA and PRAKSIS Oslo 2016, 3rd Land Art Mongolia Biennale, Mongolia 2014, SAP Seoksu Market International residency, South Korea. She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund 2013, International Artist Development Funding and Arts Council England Grant 2018. She received her BA in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art 2006 and her MFA The Slade School of Art London 2012.

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