Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What sort of work are colorblind artists producing?

Last summer, in a panic as I was about to enter art school, I searched online for evidence that it was, in fact, possible to be a colorblind artist. Googling "colorblind" or "colorblind artist" yields a gazillion responses, but most take "colorblind" as a metaphor; hence Google spat back a bunch of song lyrics, poems, artworks, and treatises on racism and social policy. But sometimes colorblind is just colorblind, eh?

So, below is a handful of more relevant finds. None of these sites discusses colorblindness in any depth, but they are proof positive that competent colorblind visual artists are out there doing a variety of work. (I've been gradually emailing them to ask for advice, which I'll include as it comes in.)

Jonathan Grundlach, a painter who uses a limited pallet:

Robert McCall, an illustrator of spaceflight-themed work:
(McCall is interviewed by CNN at this site:

Einar Lunden, a cartoonist and children's book illustrator (with a great blog):

Royce Deans, a figurative painter:
(Deans is interviewed by Artist Perspectives at this site:

Peter Milton, a painter who became a printmaker upon learning of his colorblindness:

Michael Pickett, a painter who describes himself as "a colorblind artist with dyslexia":

Rob Bergerson, a sci-fi/fantasy artist:

Christopher Smart, a marine life artist:

Albert Uderz, illustrator of the Asterix historical comic book series is also colorblind, though Wikipedia reports that "his vision has greatly improved" (Can't imagine what the hell that means):

Also, in the book Anthropologist on Mars, Dr. Oliver Sachs includes an essay called "The Case of the Colorblind Painter" about a painter who completely loses his color vision at midlife and has to reinvent himself as an artist.


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Mr Frisbee said...

Hello I'm a colourblind artist here's my work

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Richard said...

I'm also red/green colour blind, an artist and tutor. My work can be viewed at


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