Posts Categorized: Color Philosophy

Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hoffman

“In nature, light creates the color; in the picture, color creates light.” –Hans Hoffman More than ‘color inspiration,’ looking to fine art is a dynamic way to experience color. Hans Hoffman exemplifies the word “colorist.” This book offers an in-depth exploration of his theories of color as well as gain as sense of the man—his life, teaching, and art work—in a biography. Also included are many illustrations of work by other artists, some of whom were his students.


A fascinating and unusual discussion by an artist of how—and why—our culture in general is afraid of color, going back to the ancient Greek philosphers and encompassing literature, art, and just about everything.  So much to think about in a very small volume. If the title itself isn’t enough to hook you, check out the “shocking” (read the book) pink cover!

Color – Communication in Architectural Space

In this recent followup to Frank Mahnke’s first book, he collaborates with colleagues Gerhard Meerwein and Bettina Rodeck , presenting this comprehensive approach to using color in architecture. The focus is on the physiological, psychological and neurophysological aspects of using color in the built environment.