“Being colour blind improves my night-time vision and my sense of texture and form is better,” global art-sensation Luke Jerram has revealed, “But my paintings are awful. Because I’m colour-blind there’s way too much green – so, my portraits look dead.”
Working as an artist since the mid-late nineties, colour has never been Mr Jerram’s forte, but what he lacks in the colour spectrum he more than makes up for in experience of ways of seeing, of perceptions – something he cites being colour-blind as actually helping.
Now, after more than a decade producing global artworks with his unique vision, he has teamed up with the Bristol Vision Institute (BVI), part of the University of Bristol, spending one day a week there exploring the complexity and impact of brain-related vision problems.
BVI’s aims are to address the grand challenges in vision research by developing a better understanding of the mechanisms and processes that evolved in humans, and to engage with all sections of society, not just academics.