"Color Harmony"
"Color Harmony"

It's not too often I write about contemporary art. However, a recent presentation given to the designers of the Boston Design Center by artist and color expert Liz Roache has turned me into a fan of her process and color style.

Liz recently opened a showroom at the BDC. Upon walking into her space, white walls serve as a brilliant backdrop for her bright and bold color creations. The gift of combining and overlapping shapes to create the perfect contrasting colors has been something Liz has had the opportunity to learn from Ati Gropius, daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Liz had taken courses in color and design from Ati and followed her around for 26 years.

Liz Roache explains her process for color creations
Liz Roache explains her process for color creations
They became great friends, and Liz taught beside Ati at the DeCodova Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, which has led Liz to become her successor.

Liz has designed, with MoMA's team, exclusive product for the museum.

Continuing to create fine-art prints, Liz focuses on the beauty of color, also experimenting on background papers and textures with a continual result of a clean sophisticated look, taking shapes and turning them into two-dimensional design.

Liz focused on one of her pieces, called "Gumball" -- bright and beautiful with pinks, oranges, blues and reds, the perfect visual of how colors and shapes interact. Studying "Gumball," one could see the beauty in the way Liz merges color to create another color through the interaction of shapes.


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"Gumball" brought me back to the days of coloring with my crayons as a child, experimenting to find that yellow and blue make green, green and blue make yellow, red and blue make purple. This brought a smile to my face, and I was instantly taken by the art creations of Liz Roache.

Another large piece on display was "Color Harmony No. 1." The vertical rows of circle colors in red, pick, yellow and orange created a visual of just how large her prints can be made.

Roache's prints can be ordered in any size.

"Gumball"
"Gumball"
What's comforting is that she prints them the size of standard frames, making it easy to purchase one of Liz's pieces and not have to spend a lot on custom framing. Liz Roache has turned me into a fan of her work through the explanation of her process and the clean, happy and bright vibe she creates. They're reasonably priced as well -- just about anyone can afford one of her pieces.

Visit Liz Roache in showroom 328 at the Boston Design Center to experience her world of color and dimensional design, or learn more at www.LizRoache.com.