Colour Society Of Australia


CSA NSW August webinar: "Light on Painting" with Adrien Lucca (Belgium)

  • 15 Aug 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • online
  • 14


  • Registration for current CSA members, available now
  • Registration for non-members of the CSA

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The next in the series of free webinars organized by the Colour Society of Australia will be a presentation by artist Adrien Lucca speaking from Belgium on the topic of Light on painting; how programming the spectrum of white light produces new colours. We're delighted that our webinar has been included in the program of National Science Week 2021, which runs from August 14 - 22, and involves In-person and online events, virtual tours, DIY science and more, all across Australia. 

This event was organized by CSA Past President Jean Pretorius, who will introduce Adrien. Please help us to spread word of this exciting event by sharing our authorized social media posts from the Colour Society of Australia's Facebook and Instagram accounts, or by passing on the following event link to your friends, colleagues and students:

Adrien Lucca, Soleil de minuit, Bruxelles - Montréal

Rethinking painting as it appears when lit by “non-classical” white light has been one of Belgian artist Adrien Lucca's main research projects for several years. In the presentation he will introduce his research methods, the laboratory where he uses chemistry, spectrometry, electronics and computer science for artistic purposes and his results: exhibitions, publications and artworks.

“Since the publication of Isaac Newton's Opticks, we have known that white light contains light components, which, when isolated, appear coloured. The fact that these coloured components of white light are not perceptible without a glass prism or a measuring device is remarkable: white light hides from us what it is made of. The fact that it is possible to synthesise white light from pairs of coloured lights is much less well known, as is the fact that it is possible to compose white light from three coloured lights other than the classic red-green-blue triplet.

When we look at these non-classical lights, we discover a whole set of extraordinary visual phenomena: coloured materials can change colour radically while white light seems not to vary. In fact, the colour of the light and the effect of a light on the colour of the materials it illuminates are two independent parameters.”  - Adrien Lucca

Adrien Lucca is a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre and at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels, Belgium. Since 2009 he has developed an artistic practice around geometry, colour, light, physics and perception. He has explored in depth the interactions between natural and artificial light, the colour of pigments and glass in several monumental projects in public space such as Soleil de minuit (2017, Montreal), Microkosmos (2018, Brussels), Lace of Light (2018, Rome) or Yellow-free zone (2018, Rotterdam). Adrien's artistic work can be seen on his website, and information about the online conference he organized last year, Light on Painting 2020, can be found at

This webinar is free but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. (Our last webinar with Kristen Tivey was booked out almost a week in advance). Successful registrants will be notified by reply email and will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom platform shortly before the event. To receive this email with the Zoom link, the deadline for registration is 24 hours before the event.

This event continues a series of webinars organized and presented free of charge by the Colour Society of Australia NSW Division during the covid-19 crisis. These webinars are open to CSA members and non-members around Australia and the world, but as a reward to our wonderful members we make bookings available to members-only for about a week before we make them available to non-members, to ensure that no member need miss out on a place provided that they register promptly. 

For an intriguing preview of Adrien's astonishing presentation, please see his short YouTube video Yellow zone/ yellow free zone.

Max Luescher

We've selected this webinar to dedicate to the memory of Max Luescher, a founding member of the Colour Society of Australia who passed away in March last year. Max had a distinguished career working with Geigy, Ciba-Geigy and finally his own company Chromos from 1964 to 2002, as an expert on colours of surface coatings, printing inks and plastics, and on colour appearance under different sources of illumination. He was the mastermind behind the 1996 edition of the AS2700 Australian Colour Standards for General Purposes, and was very active as a speaker and a contributor on the committees for several CSA national conferences. We're sure that Max would have been particularly interested in this webinar, which is aligned very closely with his specific research interests.

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