In each installment, a guest writer chooses one Pantone color they find particularly meaningful, intriguing, or just aesthetically beautiful—and tells us why.
By Nacho Frades, artist
PANTONE 196 C is the closer color to my favourite, a slighty reddish gray. Pantone doesn't have all of the colors—I feel very limited if I think in color.
The strong reddish gray is a color I used often when I did graphic design many years ago.
My paintings during that time were obscure and dark. I used to paint in black and white, but one day I saw a strange color in the background of a website a friend of mine had done, and I captured the color and put it in a Photoshop palette—it was gray, of course, but with a very little bit of red!
For me, this is the color of metaphysics—it's the sky and the floor, it's fog, it's hot, it's luminous, brilliant, and I have painted a lot of works with it. This magical color changed my way of understanding painting, and the end of the black and white period.
It's a color I can feel as "mine".
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