ARThur buxton


Arthur Buxton’s work engages with data visualisations methods that use colour extraction tools to explore trends in painting and print media. Using open source software the artist extracts colours from images gathered online to create charts and timelines that typically display the five most common colours in each image as a percentage. In this instance the removal of figurative and formal elements from an image present a series of colour harmonies and trends, alluding to sampling methods, information graphics, automation technologies and objective forms of re-presentation.

The artists explains; ‘within each piece the small bar charts (measuring 2.4 by 2.9 mm at 1:10 scale to the originals) show the five most prominent colours, proportionally, in an individual Vogue cover. Each column is a year starting with September and working down to October at the bottom. The columns run from 1981 on the right working across to 2011 on the left. After viewing the work one becomes increasingly a where of the differences in overall national colour palettes.

The most striking trend is the recent preference for paler colours, which is evident on all three charts. Seasonal trends are more subtle. The Paris edition is mostly published only ten times a year which shows up as duplicated rows in August and January. Gaps occur where covers are unavailable.

Aside from seasonality and longer term changes in colour trends, other, more quantitative data is evidenced. By looking at ‘Paris Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011’ we can see a sudden change in tones which occurs in late 1987. Colombe Pringle became the magazine's editor-in-chief in December 1987. The colours undergo a sudden change again in 1994 when Joan Juliet Buck, an American, was named Pringle's successor’.


Buxton has shown hiswork through the following exhibitions; The Collaborative print Studio in the digital age, Impact 8 Conference Dundee (2013), Multiplied Art Fair, London (2012) and Just Press Print, Northern Print, Newcastle (2012)


TITLE: British Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
YEAR: 2011
EDITION SIZE: 10
IMAGE DIMENSIONS: W 71 cm x H 37 cm
SUBSTRATE DIMENSIONS: W 81 cm x H 48 cm
MEDIUM: Pigmented Inkjet Print
SUBSTRATE: Somerset Photo Satin
PRICE: £ 350

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TITLE: Paris Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
YEAR: 2012
EDITION SIZE: 10
IMAGE DIMENSIONS: W 71 cm x H 37 cm
SUBSTRATE DIMENSIONS: W 81 cm x H 48 cm
MEDIUM: Pigmented Inkjet Print
SUBSTRATE: Somerset Photo Satin
PRICE: £ 350

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TITLE: US Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
YEAR: 2012
EDITION SIZE: 10
IMAGE DIMENSIONS: W 71 cm x H 37 cm
SUBSTRATE DIMENSIONS: W 81 cm x H 48 cm
MEDIUM: Pigmented Inkjet Print
SUBSTRATE: Somerset Photo Satin
PRICE: £ 350

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TITLE: Italian Vogue Covers 1981 - 2011
YEAR: 2012
EDITION SIZE: 10
IMAGE DIMENSIONS: W 71 cm x H 37 cm
SUBSTRATE DIMENSIONS: W 81 cm x H 48 cm
MEDIUM: Pigmented Inkjet Print
SUBSTRATE: Somerset Photo Satin
PRICE: £ 350

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