Colour my world

Archibald Prize 2012 portraits

Collection connections

Questions and activities

  • List the colours you can see in each of the portraits. Categorise them into types and consider their relationship with each other (eg primary, secondary, harmonious and complementary colours).
  • Which colours seem to come forward or to recede? How do these colours make you feel? How do you think the person in each painting is feeling?
  • Discuss how the manipulation of colour plays a vital role in the success of these portraits. Would you read these portraits differently if they were in black and white?