‘Blue is the colour, football is the game, we’re all together, and winning is our aim, so cheer us on trough the sun and rain
because Chelsea, Chelsea is our name!’
Blue is one of those colours, like red, which has huge cultural connotations. whether it be for Chelsea football supporters or for those travelling to the Mediterranean with its crystal blue skies and blue seas. In the last week, some very strange things have been happening in the UK with police filling blue waters in a lagoon with black dye – we live in very strange times. What do the police have against the colour blue?
In the art world, we have had Wedgewood blue in the 18th century, Picasso with his blue period at the start of the 20th century and Yves Klein creating his unique, piercing colour of blue. Blue is a colour of great emotion and of great artistic emotion. The theme continues into the fashion world, as seen at the Museum of Fashion & Textile in Bermondsey and into interior design with glassware created in ‘Bristol Blue’ down in the SW of England.
This is the second of a fascinating series of exhibitions at Ordovas London focused on artists and their exploration of a particular colour, originally planned to be on show until mid-April but sadly overtaken by current events, with artist including Yves Klein, Cy Twombley, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Ed Rushka, Joseph Kosuth and Dan Flavin.
When visiting the exhibition, you could have looked out into the street outside where the theme of blue continued – in street signs and in the colour of cars and motor cycles. Blue is very much part of our culture, whether we realise it or not.