Forbidden wild mushrooms

Cueillette des champigons – Interdite

Bois Prives, private woodland, forbidden wild mushrooms, (Normal colour vision disengaged).

Forbidden wild mushrooms
Forbidden wild mushrooms

By Gordon Frickers measures 50 x 40 cms (19¾” x 15¾”), oils, price £3000.00 ex studio, ex frame.

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The painting

This painting “Private wood, picking of mushrooms – forbidden” was the first in an open ended series of experiments made in the Forest of Sivens (Foret de Sivens).

While experimenting with painting trees Gordon Frickers, already a successful recognised marine artist was also attempting in various ways as part of a larger experiament to turn off his learned normal colour vision.

He had no idea how people would respond and expected the works to be disliked.

You remember the Danny Kaye song, “The ugly Duckling”?

As it turned out the ugly duckling is a beautiful swan.

Many people have said the choices of colours surprise and delight.

Gordon has by any standard test a very unusual colour response.

To describe his sight as ‘colour blind’ is as his paintings make clear, an over simplification.

Most of us have heard of people who sometimes confuse red and green, but few realise the full implications of this so called anomalous colour vision.
Though depriving Gordon of aspects of colour experience familiar to most of us, his special way of seeing provides him with another range of visual excitements.

As an adolescent he discovered the ‘defect’, serious enough to stop him from joining the navy or flying or even being an electrician.

It took many years and much application to learn first how to live with this and later how to exploit it as a gift.

This gives Gordon a highly individual way of seeing which provides him with colour excitements that are not available to the vast majority of artists.

He was unaware his complex colour vision, basically a red / green issue but with many ‘plug ins’, is a quality he shares with some of the great master painters of the past for examples, Monet and Degas.

He has had to learn how to paint like a colour normal.

He has also learnt how to ‘turn off’ his learned response.

This painting was part of that voyage of discovery.

For Gordon colour is a great deal more volatile and ephemeral than for most people.
It varies much more with the ever occurring changes in natural lighting conditions.
To pin down these shifting sands of appearance, he has to look with a special intensity, using parts of the visual apparatus which the other ninety percent of us rarely make use of.
In particular he is adept at exploiting his peripheral colour vision.

These pictures were encouraged by the master of the Painting School of Montmiral France Pratt.

They gave Gordon Frickers time and opportunity to absorb local light and colour, to assess the most likely settings, get a feel for the aura and ambiance of the diverse subject of colour.

In practice Gordon Frickers has a very rich colour response which he shares with us via his paintings and photography, one of the distinctive features of Gordon’s work as an artist.

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