Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox

Artful Reading

Part travelogue, part narrative history, Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox uncovers the untold stories of colours and reveals how paint came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue was as expensive as gold, and yellow was made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. Exciting, richly informative and always surprising, Colour unearths a wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them. This program is hosted by Susan Clark.

Susan Clark has been working with textiles and synthetic dyes for nearly 25 years. In 2015, Clark gave a talk titled, "The Invention of Modern Color: Synthetic Dyes" for TEDxBasel. Through her research for the presentation, Clark interacted with a number of the leading scientists and writers working on the development of synthetic dyes.

Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox by Victoria Finlay

Hosted by Susan Clark

Space is limited and registration is required. E-mail to register.

$5 with admission or membership. Light refreshments provided.

About the talk

Remai Modern's book discussion program brings together two things we love: great art and literature! Led by different guest hosts and moderated by Robin Adair, participants are invited to discuss the selected book in connection to artworks on view. Titles are available from Remai Modern's Art & Design Store.


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DECEMBER 24 & 26
10 AM-5 PM


102 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon SK S7K 0L3