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Next i wanted to explore the cultural use of color. I had no idea how important color really is, and what kind of impact it can make. First i checked the basic definition of culture use of color at wikipedia and was amazed at the information i found, color actually has rich symbolism and a unique psychology.

In art, color symbolism refers to the use of color as a symbol throughout culture. Color psychology refers to investigating the effect of color on human behavior and feeling, distinct from photo therapy (the use of ultraviolet light to cure infantile jaundice).

Color symbolism and color psychology are culturally constructed linkages that vary with time, place, and culture. In fact one color may perform very different symbolic or psychological functions at the same place. Color symbolism is a contentious area of study dependent upon a large body of anecdotal evidence but not supported by data from well designed scientific studies.

There is a distinct definition of every color and what it implies, means and casts on art. For example i had no idea that the color grey came with so many implementations, Elegance, humility, respect, reverence, stability, subtlety, wisdom, old age, anachronism, boredom, decay, decrepitude, dullness, dust, entanglement, pollution, urban sprawl, strong emotions, balance, neutrality, mourning, formality, March.

Two blogs that help with comprehending cultureal uses of color are color meanings and color symbolism, which really gets into the psychy of major countries and the true connotations of color within those countries. A great designer to look at to help understand cultural uses of color would be Chaz Maviyane-Davies who has made a lasting impression on me personally as well as the world, with his design work ranging from culture, health, environment, society, politics, and global concerns.

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