Museum London resumes its year-long exploration of the force of colour in art with a changing display of paintings, prints and sculptures from the vaults.

Following our inaugural exhibition on this theme, Paint By Numbers: Painters Eleven, Colour Fields continues a focus on colourism across the twentieth century. Over time the exhibition will include a range of works in different media and styles, from an early gouache on paper attributed to Wassily Kandinsky, to glass works by John Hartman and a large-scale sculpture by the renowned regional artist Walter Redinger. It also features serigraphs from the Highway period of Rita Letendre’s career, the experimentalism of Ron Martin and Alfred Pellan, and the expressionism of Jack Shadbolt, Duncan de Kergommeaux and many others.

Colour Fields traces the ways in which artists have used colour provoke emotional reactions, explore issues of perception, or drive a narrative. Certain selections follow the general definition of colour field painting, being abstract works that consist of broad areas of solid colour spread across the painting surface. Other works demonstrate myriad ways in which pigment has been employed astutely in assertive, even ferocious ways.