Eric Musgrave

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Kaffe Fassett on colour

Lectures on the theory of colour are not usually my thing, but I was very pleased to attend a presentation by the eminent artist Kaffe Fassett at the City University, London. Born in California in 1937, Kaffe (it rhymes with safe) came to England in 1964 and built up an amazing reputation for working with colour, first as a knitter and then into all manner of other media, as is well documented on his website.

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Here Kaffe (left) limits himself to just three colours, while his partner and studio manager Brendon Mably goes for a few more. I am in a blue wool Viyella shirt, soft purple cashmere tie and pocket hank by Drake’s, red wool waistcoat by Gurteen, brown cord jacket by Polo Ralph Lauren and tailor-made Derby tweed trousers.

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Kaffe’s lecture was to mark the award to him of its Turner Medal  by The Colour Group of Great Britain, a body that brings together people using colour in a wide range of industries and academia. The award (named after the British artist J M W Turner) was made to Kaffe “as one of the most adventurous users of colour and in recognition of his many years inspiring others all over the world in colourful creativity” My thanks go to Janet Best for inviting me along to the lecture, the presentation and a very jolly dinner thereafter.

 

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