poin·til·lism — n. A technique of neo-Impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colors, which become blended in the viewer’s eye. It was developed by Georges Seurat in 1886 with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of color.
Paul explains pointillism in an interview with the Indianapolis Central Library
for their Black History Month “Meet The Artist” Gala.
How does it work?
- The theory behind this technique takes advantage of how the human brain processes and perceives color. It’s comparable to how ink jet printers use tiny CMYK dots to form full color pictures, and to how televisions and digital screens use varying intensities of RBG pixels to project a full color image.
What type of medium is used to create pointillist art?
- Any type of medium may be used, but Paul prefers to use felt tip pens on paper for more control when applying the color.
How long does it take to create each painting?
- A typical 30×40 portrait will take Paul anywhere from 1,000 – 1,700 hours to complete. It will depend on the complexity of the image. DPI?
Notable pointillist artists
- Georges Seurat
- Paul Signac
- Vincent van Gogh
- Andy Warhol