Peter Sedgley b. 1930
T01237 Colour Cycle III 1970
Acrylic on canvas, 72½ x 72 (184 x 183), with three dichroic lamps and programmed control gear.
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1970.
The canvas, which is painted with a series of concentric circles of different colours, is viewed in a darkened space and lit by lights of changing colour in a programmed sequence: this produces a series of radical colour transformations.
Peter Sedgley has written (letter of 24 April 1972) that the five paintings ‘Colour Cycle I-V’, the two works ‘Colour Pulse II’ and ‘Colour Pulse III’, and the one called ‘Corona’ all have a similarity.’ There is a dialogue between colour illumination and painted surface. It is not strictly correct to say that they form a series since I never programmed the subsequent work. Each work is different in size, colour used, light sequence and complexity. The completion of one work may indicate the development to the next but this is part of a creative process which I would be reluctant to call “Series”…