Black Rainbow

New Window × Rop van Mierlo

Archival pigment print on Arches etching paper (270 gsm)
made in seven print runs
Edition of 49
Signed and numbered by the artist
70 × 53 cm
Exclusively made for New Window

Rop van Mierlo (1980, Gemert, NL) is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is known for his use of the wet-on-wet painting technique he used for example in his critically acclaimed book Wild Animals. He graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2008. He lives and works in Amsterdam.

Black Rainbow is an addition to the world he explored in his 2014 book Some Logic. It is not an animal, but an enrichment of the natural habitat his animals live in. In his books he frees the animals from the restriction of lines. With Black Rainbow he tried to do the opposite: he wanted to ‘catch’ a rainbow, tame it and manipulate it, make it his own. It also gives a new spin to his characteristic view on the mixing of colour: for the animals in Some Logic, colours blend because of the used wet-on-wet-technique, whereas for Black Rainbow they are being mixed during the printing process.

By printing all 7 colours of the rainbow on top of each other in all possible different orders you end up with a black rainbow: the most colourful rainbow that's out there, in print at least. The 7 print runs with high quality pigments – 49 strokes of colour in total – make it a very laborious and costly process, resulting in a rich, colourfast and valuable print. The edition of 49 prints also matches the number of coloured strokes on the paper.


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