Untitled (Ultramarine Blue/Prussian Blue)
Ultramarine blue, meaning ‘beyond the sea’, is the name given to the unique deep blue coloured pigment originating from the lapis lazuli stone. During the 14th century it was imported from Afghanistan to Europe by Italian traders. This superlative blue was used by many artists, including Italian renaissance painters, Titian and Veronese, American Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, French Nouveau réalisme painter Yves Klein, and Korean Monochrome painter Yun Hyong-keun. The colour is used in ‘Untitled (Ultramarine Blue/Prussian Blue)’, 2022 to celebrate our close connection to nature in both historical and contemporary painting contexts.