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3rd February 2017

#WorldsFavouriteColour: Wilson, Masa, Gilmore, Sangra

When repeatedly asking the “what’s your favourite colour” question, you do start to wonder how much of a person’s character can realistically be communicated in one shade. However, upon hearing to the emotionally charge tales that people associate with a single hue, you are forced to comprehend quite how connected we are the colours in our environments. When the person you’re asking is an artist, you can intensify that connection tenfold. Colour, to them, is not just something observed and absorbed — it’s a tool, and a definitive element of their contribution to the world.

As part of our ongoing #WorldsFavouriteColour series, we asked Steven Wilson, Masa, Andy Gilmore and Danny Sangra — four internationally renowned Breed London artists — to choose their favourite colours here, and tell us all about them.
Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson
What's your favourite colour and why?
It's a green because it's nature’s predominant colour. In my work as an illustrator I'm drawn to quite bold colours so I've picked a green that is a balance between my love for the natural world but also a colour that appears a lot in my work. The reason it appears in my work a lot is because it is the green you get when you overlay cyan on yellow which is a technique I use regularly in my work.

What does the word colour mean to you?
In my opinion colour can impact the perception of something quicker and more profoundly than any other contributing factor. I can spend days drawing an illustration and then just a few minutes at the end changing the colours and those few minutes can completely change the look, feel and mood of what I have spent so long doing.

What's your first or most vivid memory of colour?
Hard to remember really. My childhood memories of home are filled mainly with magnolia which is the colour my dad painted every wall and ceiling in. There wasn't all that much colour in the house growing up but we did have a bright red Lada parked out front which I remember vividly as it stood out against the drab colours everywhere else. I can't say they were fond memories as she hardly ever started but the bright red at least gave the car some personality.

Masa
Masa
What's your favourite colour and why?
Purple. It reminds me of Tropical Orchids, Dreams and Music

What does the word colour mean to you?
Life and happy memories.

What's your first or most vivid memory of colour?
To wake up and watch the sun rising.
Andy Gilmore
Andy Gilmore
What's your favourite colour and why?
I can’t say that I have a favourite colour per se but I have always been partial to a yellow-orange. 

What does the word colour mean to you?
I define colour as a relationship between wave forms and the eye and mind. 

What's your first or most vivid memory of colour?
My most vivid colour memories involve Fall in the Adirondack Mountains here in New York State. When the leaves reach their peak colour it defies the eyes and mind. 
Danny Sangra 
Goldbricks in Bloom
What's your favourite colour and why?
I go through phases. Now I choose colours based on memories. For example, this colour will always remind me of making my first feature film. 

What does the word colour mean to you?
Being colour blind, colour would represent an obstacle. I have to concentrate more when it comes to colour. 

What's your first or most vivid memory of colour?
I was about three years old and we were living in Spain at the time. There was a chocolate bar that used to come with a bright blue Smurf embedded in it. That colour sticks in my mind so clearly. 

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