Tolv means twelve in Swedish and it's a year long personal project born from the realisation that there’s an awful lot I don’t know about the history of colour, considering I work with it every day. So under 2018 I’ve set up to really discover the origins of colour: the birth of the hues and society’s relation to them through the years.


Focusing each month on one shade and moving clock-wise around the colour wheel, in the next 12 months I will work my way through 12 colours and create 12 illustrations, that will be on sale as a limited edition of 12 copies - hence Tolv.





BLUE is the second in the colour series. Parting from the words of Catalan artist Joan Miró "ceci est la coleur de mes rêves" (this is the colour of my dreams) the illustration blends several interesting facts about the hue.

The most surprising of them is that everyone, even those that are blind, can perceive colour blue. It's that segment of the light spectrum that sets our circadian rhythm and signals our bodies to sleep at night and be awake during the day. 

Even though blue has been seen in the west as a peaceful colour only rather recently in history, in ancient Egypt blue was thought to ward off evil and bring prosperity. Later Hinduism portrayed many of its gods blue skinned to symbolise their infinity.

But it's probably the choice of blue as the colour of many workforce uniform, thanks to its powers of stain concealment, what has elevated the hue to international favourite.

In BLUE both the scientific, the spiritual and the pragmatic become one.

• Limited Edition fine art print of 12 copies
• 50 x 50 cm
• Printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art 210g paper 
• Each print is signed and numbered
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Inspired by the book The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair.