David Batchelor: The Fear of Colour

David Batchelor: The Fear of Colour

'Oh, hang on, where's the colour?'

It took a while for artist David Batchelor to notice that much of his work lacked colour. It happened in the studio, when, in frustration whilst trying to distinguish the front of a work from the back, he painted the face of it a vibrant pink.

This epiphany lead Batchelor to investigate the presence of 'Chromophobia' through Western cultural thought. He suggests colour has often been cast as a dangerous element -- as the oriental, the feminine, the infantile, the vulgar, and the cosmetic. In this film, he traces the fear through 19th century Academic painting through to minimalism, Pop and conceptual art and popular TV and cinema. He also discusses the beguiling relationship between the 'Luminous and the Grey', and why grey, contrary to popular thought, is a surprisingly interesting colour.

Time Period:

21st century