Colour: A Kind of Bliss - exhibition discussion


09 Jun 2017
Opening times:

Discussion event times: 3pm - 5pm 

“The works of six British painters, including the exhibition’s curators, Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue, are united in Colour: A Kind of Bliss.”

– Melissa Emerson, M&F magazine, May 2017.

Artists: Julian Brown, Lucy Cox, Jeff Dellow, David Manley, Andy Parkinson and Freya Purdue

Exhibition discussion: Friday 9 June 3-5pm. Free event. 

The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT. 




Colour is a kind of bliss … like a closing eyelid … a tiny fainting spell.” 

– Roland Barthes

Join the curators of Colour: A Kind of Bliss, Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue, in conversation with exhibiting artists including Jeff Dellow and David Manley.

The discussion will focus on the eclectic nature of colour; its mysteries, endless possibilities and importance for painters today.

David Batchelor (2014, p.13) believes our current relationship with colour is a paradox; most of us are both drawn to and repelled by it, experiencing ‘strong feelings of attraction and repulsion … love and hate …’

Perhaps these simultaneous experiences are a kind of bliss; providing something irresistible in colour that is unexplained, complex and undeniably sensuous.



An impressive show with integrity, clarity and substance.” – Caroline Todd.

“A must see for colour lovers or the colour curious…” – Review by Natasha Hall, ArtTop10.

Read the exhibition press release here  

View the exhibition catalogue here 

The exhibition is open until Friday 30 June; Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Closed on Sundays. Occasionally The Crypt closes for private meetings; you can phone ahead to check times: 020 7935 7315 or 0780 9330 592. 

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Citation: Batchelor, D. (2014) The Luminous and the grey. London: Reaktion Books. p.13.

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