Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments at Tate Britain

My friend Katie admiring one of Eliasson's 'doughnuts'

My friend Katie admiring one of Eliasson’s ‘doughnut colour wheels’

Anyone who has ever tried to paint a colour wheel using designers gouache will know how difficult it is to lay the paint flat. I’ve never tried to paint in oils, and maybe I should have as Eliasson has managed to apply the paint to canvas with such technical mastery that the paint is without brushstrokes and the blending is seamless. This one-room exhibition at Tate Britain featuring seven wheels, represent the colour pigments and light that feature in seven of Turner’s paintings. They don’t have the awe factor of Eliasson’s 2003 The Weather Project at Tate Modern, however, these paintings are mesmerising and magical.

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