Unison Colour began as an enquiry into colour. The excitement and beauty of charcoal on paper is obvious and its language is simple and straight to the point. Colour, however, always seems to be associated with people and places, or with decorative and descriptive ideas, never itself.
Yet, in the paintings of Turner, Cezanne and Rothko, to name but three, colour sheds many impositions put upon it and becomes itself again, speaks its own poetry.
Having decided to look colour in the face, as it were, we found (after many trials and errors) that we were really looking at the endless play of light, sometimes intense, sometimes self-effacing, sometimes running from place to place, but always remaining itself, undisturbed.
So we began to try and trace this dance, with whatever pigments were available, to see whether we could construct some kind of mirror to the magic. The present series of colours is the result. It is far from perfect, but at least it is an invitation to join the dance and look at the world of painting from the point of view of the sun, the whole of colour, rather than reducing colour to the assumptions that generally inform our personal point of view.
Clearly, the pastels themselves must be second to none in the subtelty and intensity of colour, their fluency and responsiveness to touch, and in their delicacy and robustness. Unison Colour hand-made pastels aspire to that perfection.
The pigments used are the traditional ones: Cadmium (with a limit of 0.01% or 100ppm soluble Cadmium), Cobalt, Oxide of Chromium, Viridian, the Ultramarines, Cobalt Chromes, the natural and synthetic Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxid and China Clay.
These colours have stood the test of time and are very durable and light fast.