The Chemist Who Discovered the World’s Newest Blue Explains Its Miraculous Properties Sarah Cascone, Monday, June 20, 2016.

 

The world’s newest shade of blue, a brilliantly bright, durable pigment called YInMn blue, has been licensed for commercial use and is already in the hands of some artists.

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The pigment was discovered in 2009 by chemist Mas Subramanian and his team at Oregon State University while they were conducting experiments connected to electronics. For one series of tests, the scientists mixed black manganese oxide with a variety of chemicals and heated them to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. (The name comes from the pigment’s elemental makeup, which includes Yttrium, Indium and Manganese.)

In a serendipitous accident, one of the resulting samples turned a vivid shade of blue. Further testing found that the unique crystal structure of the resulting compound kept the colour from fading, even when exposed to oil or water.

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From: Art World –  artnet.com (art net news)

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Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 – Mall Galleries

The annual David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year returns to the Mall Galleries, London, from June 28th to July 2nd as part of the renowned annual Week of Wildlife Art.One hundred and thirty six pieces are in competition for the £10,000 top prize. The natural world is portrayed in a wide range of contemporary works including oils, watercolour, bronze and ceramic. There is one overall winner across all categories, and winners in seven categories – Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Hidden World, Wings, Feathered or Otherwise, Into the Blue, Vanishing Fast and Earth’s Beautiful Creatures.

One hundred and thirty six pieces are in competition for the £10,000 top prize. The natural world is portrayed in a wide range of contemporary works including oils, watercolour, bronze and ceramic. There is one overall winner across all categories, and winners in seven categories – Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Hidden World, Wings, Feathered or Otherwise, Into the Blue, Vanishing Fast and Earth’s Beautiful Creatures.

There is one Iranian artist who has been shortlisted:

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Naeemeh Naeemaei –  Iranian artist Naeemaei’s concern for the endangered species of Iran is reflected in “Siberian Crane”. Painted in a dreamlike, figurative style that is disarming in its sincerity, the artist’s imagery brings together many different elements of Iranian culture, from religious ritual and sacred scriptures to folk tales and children’s stories. (Press Release)

More: http://www.davidshepherd.org