2016 & 2017 Colors of the Year


Image: Google – Graphic Design: Kadesh Carter/Oasis Art Design

“Chemistry grad student Andrew E. Smith wasn’t exactly expecting the art popularity that followed after the accidental discovery of a vivid, brilliant blue color YInMn Blue.”

By Kadesh Carter

The year 2016 color palette is almost over and 2017’s vibrancy is right around the corner. We are looking forward to the colors that will be used in assignments, new ideas that will be implemented by artists, old projects resurfacing, and the many inspirations to come. This year was a good one for the color spectrum with the discovery of a new blue shade introduced by science. Chemistry grad student Andrew E. Smith wasn’t exactly expecting the art popularity that followed after the accidental discovery of a vivid, brilliant blue color N. Quoted in NPR saying , “People have been looking for a good, durable blue color for a couple of centuries,” and we found this to be personally true at Oasis Art Design. Color is the purpose of art, as without, it would just be style that identified an artists work and not the vision. Color provides vision and voice. Color often goes unthought of critically because it’s such a big part of life. When taken seriously, its purpose is vastly understood.

“[An art] mission to find the imagined imaginable”

A year ago when hired to design a private home art studio gallery in Berkeley, CA, the owner, a previous client of Oasis Art Design for years, asked that we included a contrasting wall color of our choice. After looking at photos in the book “Egypt: 4000 Years Of Art”, which contains museum and private photos of works produced by architects and artists, the color that came to mind was a rich royal blue. The photos where that of well-preserved art, which if in a photo the works could look this beautiful, the colors had to be even more lively and bolder when it was originally designed. After visiting Home Depot in Emeryville, CA, and then Kelly Moore in Berkeley (additionally numerous of other commercial paint locations throughout the Bay Area that would follow), it was soon learned that this was a very special blue that was going to take a bit of research to find. With a deadline to complete the personal gallery, it was a determination not to leave the space just the mainly painted fresh white that it was. The black marble tile floor with its specs of grey and gold, and golden trimming accenting the room still needed more. It NEEDED that blue. During the mission to find the imagined imaginable, an artist  was discovered. The Liberian born artist Lina Iris Viktor, who, with a futuristic edge, paints elegant rich pigmented blue art. Her work was amazing to come across, immediately making her one of our creative directors newly found favorite artist of contemporary times. It was a confirmation that this blue that was sought at least had a sister, so she had to be out there somewhere.

Still searching after a month, our client ended up falling in love with the idea just as much as we were. Once it became a team mission between everyone involved, we searched swatch after swatch, luxury paints, and experimented with acrylic colors to see which fusion could come close to take with us to locations to see if it could be matched and made. A couple of locations tried but the color would be too dark of blue or plum purple, depending on how close the individual could get with our homemade color swatch provided. Unfortunately the color wasn’t coming soon enough and it was decided that a deep purple would be our contrasting wall color. Though our client didn’t mind, and says that it is his most admired room in his home, it wasn’t our dream color. But little did we know that the summer of 2016 our dreams would come true. So, thanks Andrew.



YInMn Blue


Out of the many colors that have been used on walls, canvas’, and various mediums it was gold paint that found its way to much of what we touched. From being used as the main medium (gold leaf) or color, gold was almost everywhere for us. Like blues, golds were also a part of the history of  Egyptian art – illustrated in paintings, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, and ceramics. In 2016 many of our company based projects, and contracted work was complimented with the metallic medium. “The Kiss” painted by Australian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, is an intimate photo of the embracement of a man and woman with various gold patterns that appears to be on a hilltop where romantics can place themselves when looking at it and mirroring their own lives. Its indebtedness to art is not only our appreciation, but of many others worldwide, with expensive reproductions giving viewers just a taste of its dynamic beauty. Because the physical property of gold it does not corrode and became a symbol of immortality and power in ancient times which is still referenced today in fine art.



Golds were also a part of the history of  Egyptian art – illustrated in paintings, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, and ceramics.




Greenery – 2017 Color of The Year

Pantone, founded in the modern days of art history in the year 1962, prides itself in being the first colour matching system. The system used today regularly by artists, graphic designers, ad agency’s, and reproduction companies, is a household name for many who find this system useful. Pantone Matching System (PMS) as it has been named. Since year 2000 the Pantone Color Institute with its intriguing way of holding secret meetings to discuss various nations color standards, has introduced to the world a “Color of the Year”. For the year 2016 the color was Rose Quartz And Serenity, which was a noticeable influence in the fashion industry spring of this year. Descried as “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” and continued on being explained as “… a fresh and zesty” color on the Greenery release page on their website. Advising consumers to “take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorated”. Greenery before it’s awarded title has been a piece of our everyday lives, visually seen around the world in urban planning, lifestyle, and artistry. Thus making it a reminder of the peace, and calmness that it carries. Many also feel that this is a critical time in the contemporary world of  art, from its economic influence, the historic consideration of the way that it will be continued to be taught in educational institutions in the near future, to the major influence of art in the fluctuating tech boom. Consequently, greenery comes at a pivotal time being “A life affirming shade… a color snapshop of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of mood and attitude.”

Oasis Art 
Design Color of The Year 2016:



Painting By Kadesh Carter



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Article References: www.pantone.com, //www.linaviktor.com/, Egypt: 4000 Years Of Art By Jaromir Malek


The Kiss (Lovers), oil and gold leaf on canvas, 1907-1908 – Gustav Klimt 180 cm x 180 cm