Boston-based muralist applies the science of color in his work

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Boston-based muralist applies the science of color in his work

Artist Felipe Ortiz creates dramatic and eye-catching pieces of art



LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY, AND NICOLE FOUND THAT WHAT YOU SEE DEPENDS ON SEVERAL FACTORS. >> COLOR DECEIVES CONTINUALLY. >> IF COLOR IS A TRICKSTER, HOW DO WE KNOW HAT IS REAL OR CONVEY THE COLOR WE WANT? A QUESTION THAT BOSTON UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART RICHARD ROSELLE’S ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO PONDER. >> WE TAKE A COLOR AND PUT IT INTO A FIELD OF LARGER COLOR. IT SEEMS TO CHANGE ITS IDENTITY. IT BECOMES A CHAMELEON. >> HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF COLOR IN CONTEXT. HOW MANY COLORS DO YOU SEE? >> DO THESE SEEM SIMILAR, THESE TWO COLORS? THE DIFFERENCES ARE ACTUALLY QUITE ENORMOUS. THAT IS THAT COLOR AND THIS IS THIS COLOR. >> OH, THEY ARE DIFFERENT. >> THIS LARGE FIELD WAS THE SPONGE THAT TOOK DARKNESS AWAY FROM THE COLOR. >> HOW ABOUT NOW? IT MAY APPEAR TO BEFORE, BUT THE CORRECT ANSWER IS JUST THREE. THESE ARE THE SAME COLOR? THEY LOOK COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. >> THE PAINTER ALWAYS HAS TO ASK THE QUESTION OF WHAT COLOR DO I SEE AND HOW DO I MAKE THIS SITUATION AVAILABLE TO THE VIEWER? >> IS THERE ANY COLOR WE CAN COUNT ON? IF YOU ARE SEEING RED, YOU ARE PROBABLY CLOSE, BUT EVEN THAT VIBRANCE CAN VARY. >> RED IS QUITE STABLE. I’M ALWAYS SURPRISED WHEN A STUDENT CAN CHANGE RED. HERE IS A RED RING THAT SEEMS TO CHANGE IN FRONT OF OUR FACES AS IT MOVES ONTO DIFFERENT FIELDS. >> MY MAIN CONNECTION TO COLOR IS EMOTIONAL. >> THE OUTLINE OF AN ARTIST BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH THE SPLASH OF STIMULATING PAINTS. A GRADUATE OF THE MASKED SCHOOL OF ART, HE SAYS WHEN HE RETURNED TO HIS HOME COUNTRY OF COLUMBIA — COLOMBIA SEVERAL YEARS AGO, HIS CANVAS WENT FROM PAPER TO STONE. >> I NOTICED A LOT OF PUBLIC ART THAT WAS BURSTING WITH COLOR OUT OF THE WALLS. IT WAS VERY VIBRANT, VERY PICTORIAL, AND IT HAD A LOT TO SAY, AND THAT DEFINITELY GAVE ME AN INFLUENCE TO WANT TO EXPRESS MYSELF. >>’S EXPRESSIONS OF LIFE THROUGH MIGRATION CAN BE SEEN AROUND THE WORLD. WE MET HIM UNDER WHAT WAS A DARK AND DINGY OVERPASS IN CHELSEA. A MUCH DIFFERENT PLACE NOW. WHAT IS AMAZING HERE — THE BASE, JUST THREE COLORS. >> I’M NOT TRYING TO BE MONOCHROMATIC, BUT I CHOOSE PRIMARY COLORS AS MY BASE. >> HE SPENDS HOURS MIXING AND POURING THAT ENTER DIMENSION. >> A LOT OF HOURS, A LOT OF COLORS THAT WILL COME OUT MUDDY, BUT DEFINITELY ENOUGH WILL TO KEEP EXPLORING UNTIL I GOT THE PERFECT COLOR AND THE PERFECT TONALITY. THAT IS WHAT DRIVES ME. >> HE SAYS MURALS CAN BE THERAPEUTIC TO THE VIEWER, TOO. IT IS THE ABILITY TO CONNECT A COMMUNITY TO A STORY INSIDE THEMSELVES. >> I HOPE THAT PEOPLE ARE INSPIRED. I HOPE THAT PEOPLE CAN AT LEAST STOP AND TAKE A LOOK AND TAKE A MOMENT FROM THEIR LIVES TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I HOPE THAT THE COLOR CAN IGNITE SOMETHING IN THEM. >> THE PROFESSOR TELLS US HE IS CAMERA SHY BUT AGREED TO THE INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE BECAUSE HE ENJOYS HIS CLASS A MUCH. SO TO THE STUDE

Boston-based muralist applies the science of color in his work

Artist Felipe Ortiz creates dramatic and eye-catching pieces of art

A colorful class at Boston University is introducing students to the science behind color, where students learn to “trick” their audience by changing what we see in color fields. Colombian artist Felipe Ortiz focuses on the practice of painting, from traditional easel painting to murals and public installations. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2D Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

A colorful class at Boston University is introducing students to the science behind color, where students learn to “trick” their audience by changing what we see in color fields.

Colombian artist Felipe Ortiz focuses on the practice of painting, from traditional easel painting to murals and public installations. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2D Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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