Top 5

Top 5 Rainbows

To inspire you rainbow makers, here is a selection of works that show how artists have worked with the colours found in the rainbow and the spectrum

1. Rainbow and moon

Patrick Hughes, ‘Over the Moon’ 1978
Patrick Hughes
Over the Moon 1978
Tate
© Patrick Hughes

Can a rainbow even exist in moonlight? In this beautiful print it certainly can!

2. Rainbow wall

Sol LeWitt, ‘Wall Drawing #1136’ 2004
Sol LeWitt
Wall Drawing #1136 2004
Tate / National Galleries of Scotland
© The estate of Sol LeWitt

The colours here don’t follow the usual order of the spectrum, but we still think this qualifies as the perfect rainbow wall!

3. Rainbow and windmill

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow’ c.1824–5
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow c.1824–5
Tate

This paler rainbow was made almost 200 years ago using watercolour. Notice the reflection of the rainbow in the water.

4. Rainbows in paradise

Jens Lausen, ‘Map No. II Paradise’ 1969
Jens Lausen
Map No. II Paradise 1969
Tate
© Jens Lausen

This colourful piece on paper was made using a technique called screen printing.

5. Just a rainbow

Norman Adams, ‘Rainbow Painting (I)’ 1966
Norman Adams
Rainbow Painting (I) 1966
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© The estate of Norman Adams

The artist who made this piece, Norman Adams, was very interested rainbows, making at least 15 paintings featuring them!

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