Colour blindness, Creativity, the advantages

Normal colour vision switched ‘off’.

The Prommenade (2)
The Prommenade (2)

When correctly viewed there are advantages in what is emotively called  ‘colour blindness’.

Total colour blindness is very very rare.

Of the 11 % of males and 3 % of females who experience ‘colour blindness’ most have a deficiency, handicap if they make it so, not full on colour blindness.

They experience colour but not as ‘normal’ people do.

This can be a disadvantage however it begs the question how come evolution has allowed this, are there advantages.

The answer Gordon Frickers and his mentor Francis Pratt discovered is yes there can be exceptional advantages.

Colour blindness is almost always hereditary.

A number of famous artists, Monet and degas being but two, were ‘colour blind’.

As a painter with anomalous colour vision it has been a long hard voyage for me, Gordon Frickers to learn to paint using colour combinations some thing like ‘normal’ people see.

In that I had been quite successful by 1989 so arrived at the Painting School of Montmiral as a recognised marine artist.

There were though issues I did not understand, colour responses of which I could make no sense.

It was those dilemmas that drew me to the unique expertise of Francis Pratt.

Having tested my colour vision Francis initial reaction was “you can’t possibly be a painter“.

We worked together both making many discoveries, for examples how I see or rather don’t see certain types of camouflage so an not fooled by them and how I see colour at night.

Francis developed new ideas about human colour responses.

He eventually concluded I was actually very lucky because my anomalous colour vision actually gave me a different but very rich colour experience so was quite likely part of the reason why I reacted so strongly to colour in painting and photography.

Painted on location this is one of two pictures produced plien aire while studying form and anomalous colour vision at the Painting School of Montmiral.

The trees were deliberately distorted in part inspired by lingering visions resultant from reading J R Tolkins ‘The Hobbit’, the colours were pushed towards but not into extreme.

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Gordon Frickers © 21.05.15 updated 09,03,16

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