Take a closer look at Cambridge Red and Green by Mark Lancaster
Explore Mark Lancaster's 'Cambridge Red and Green' (1968)
Take a closer look at this artwork with our suggested activities and discussion points.
Try this activity
Before you find out more information on this artwork, get 8 pieces of paper – any size will do.
Fill each piece of paper with colour; two block colours and six with two different colours or shades that meet on the diagonal line.
Try blending the colours. If you are using watercolours, acrylics, oils or even food dye, you can wet the paper and add the medium to the top right or bottom left of the page and tilt the paper at an angle so that it merges with the other colour.
Once you have filled all eight pieces of paper try arranging them into different orders – which do you like best?
Find out more about this painting
Mark Lancaster was taught by Richard Hamilton at the University of Newcastle. After this he worked as an assistant to Andy Warhol where he met many artists inspired by the Pop Art movement. A lot of pop art is inspired by colour; artworks were full of expressive and vibrant tones with clean lines.
This painting was made when he was artist in residence at King’s College, Cambridge in the late 1960s.
What do you think?
Is this image a landscape, portrait or still life?
Highlight the hidden text from here to find out the answer!
This is surprisingly a landscape! When you look at Lancaster’s Cambridge series he is using landscape-associated colours such as greens for the grass and light blues and yellows for the sun and sky.
Knowing this is now a landscape, what time of day is it? What makes a landscape so vibrant?
Looking out of your window, divide your window into eight rectangles using tape, and then divide some of these diagonally. Are there any specific colours that are taking centre stage?
Using any material create your own artwork inspired by Lancaster. You could even use Excel!