Profound Pigments

January 10, 2017 2 min read

Profound Pigments

Think Pink

This means flamingos, flaming sunsets, ballerinas' tutu, Barbie's car, Pink Panther and your Nan's favourite flowers. Yes, but now they pale in comparison to a new paint created by Devon based artist Stuart Semple.

Newly acclaimed 'The Worlds' Pinkest Pink' 

Look at the sides of the jars, it's like crushed neon raspberries or if the Ghostbusters mood slime attended a rave. The colour is positively dazzling like someone has upped the saturation or messed with a photo filter. Not retina burning but cheerfully loud. The powder paint is highly pigmented creating a strong fluorescent effect as the light is reflected off it, similar to that of Day-Glo. This is exuberant and playful which is in keeping with creator Semple's own artistic style; basically he is the epitome of the early 90's. PINK paint is available in 50g tubs from his own web shop at Culture Hustle.

          'The Worlds' Most Glittery Glitter'

Semple has now released further additions to his colour range including the aptly named Diamond Dust, this is a non-synthetic glitter made from super fine glass flakes. (Not for kids then eh) These are flat shards that shine from all angles. I'd have to see this to believe it, but it looks like a tub of delicate shimmering mermaid scales.

These are all available to everyone except Anish Kapoor; a British artist who designed the Orbit tower for the London Olympics who has gained exclusive rights to use Vantablack. 

 Vantablack Science

Surrey Nanosystems have created the darkest material ever; Vantablack a super- black coating specifically for technological advancements and use in space. The material can withstand extreme temperature ranges without affecting the surface at all. It is made from carbon nanotubes which absorb 99.965% of all light meaning it provides no reflections or highlights. Any surface it covers looks like a black hole, a complete void. Massively intriguing really. Apparently it takes a long time to apply as its probably only produced in small quantities, so not suitable for mainstream uses.  

Nanosystems have stated that Vantablack is not really aimed for artistic uses either; however they have agreed exclusive rights to artist Anish Kapoor and his architect studio, which he refuses to share. We'll just have to stick to ivory black or carbon for now I suppose, though its something that we'd like to experiment with. We the general public are not worthy! 

The video below will give you an insight into Vantablack. Both sculpted faces are identical yet you can see absolutely no definition on one at all, the Vantablack gives a flawlessly matt finish making it appear flat. For more on the science behind Vantablack please visit their site here.


Larissa Gill
Larissa Gill

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