January 20th, 2024
Step into the realm of Peach Fuzz, a gentle and nuanced shade nestled between pink and orange that marks the 25th milestone of Pantone’s Color of the Year program. Celebrating its silver jubilee, this tender hue embodies the essence of kindness, compassion, and connection, creating a sense of deep coziness as we navigate towards a more tranquil future.
As tradition dictates, Pantone unveils a color at the dawn of each new year, symbolizing the trends and palettes that will dominate the upcoming months. Beyond typical trend predictions, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz, extends a promise of hope, a luminous burst of color emerging after enduring challenging times.
In contrast to the vibrant Viva Magenta of 2023, Peach Fuzz takes center stage in 2024, radiating a subtle yet uplifting charm. Pantone invites us to embrace this delicate hue, reminiscent of the enduring spirit of nature. Rooted in the primal, Peach Fuzz reconnects us to our origins, invoking the elemental forces of nature. This gentle hue, with its soft glow, serves as a catalyst for inner strength, symbolizing resilience and growth.
In alignment with this captivating color choice, Gallery MAR presents a curated selection of artworks that encapsulate the soft feelings of beauty, peace, and hope of Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz.
Peach fuzz brings a cozy atmosphere to this captivating mixed media work by Sara Edgar. “I’ve Changed My Mind” is a perfect introduction to Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year. The comforting background paired with the childlike wonderment of the subject elicits early taste memories of enjoying ripe stone fruit or fruit flavored sorbet on a summer afternoon.
With Peach Fuzz radiating throughout this mixed media artwork, Stefan Heyer’s creation “Come Wander With Me,” appears as a captivating foreshadowing of Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year. The lively portrayal of this warm hue throughout the painting harmonizes with soft pastels establishing a vibrant interplay that adds dynamism to the piece.
In this romantic embrace of nature, the delicate peachy pink hues of the sand in Jonathan Julien’s “Her Pink Sand,” harmoniously intertwines with the lush vibrant greenery of the palm trees and the serene blue water, creating a captivating fusion of warmth and tranquility. As the colors blend, they form a picturesque scene sure to bring a soothing, uplifting feeling to your home.
Renowned for her fearless embrace of vibrant hues, mixed media artist Jylian Gustlin infuses her dynamic compositions with a flurry of different tones. Within the artwork “Fibonacci 481,” Gustlin punctuates bold colors of blue against the captivating shade of Peach Fuzz, coincidentally chosen by Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year. This infusion of Peach Fuzz adds a new dimension to Gustlin’s already vibrant palette, creating a captivating synergy of color and form in this dynamic piece.
In the rustic mountain valley oil painting, “Beginning of Autumn,” by Warren Neary, the artist brings the sky to life with dreamlike enchantment as peach fuzz-colored clouds gracefully meander across the expansive vista. The warm, delicate hues of Peach Fuzz infuse the atmosphere with a soft glow, casting a gentle warmth upon the rugged mountainous terrain below. These ethereal clouds, painted with subtle strokes, add a touch of whimsy to the majestic scene.
For intuitive painter Alison Rash, the canvas becomes a vibrant tapestry of emotions, brought to life by her masterful use of thick brushstrokes. “Beauty From Ashes: Kelly,” is adorned in the soft, sweet hue of Peach Fuzz. Her “Beauty from the Ashes” series pays tribute to cancer survivors such as herself, paying homage to their journeys and resiliency through bold expression and color. These bold strokes, with an innate sense of intuition, collide against a backdrop of mesmerizing blues, regal purples, and tender pinks. The interplay of colors in Rash’s composition is a testament to her artistic prowess, as the Peach Fuzz paint creates a focal point, commanding attention amid the symphony of hues. The thickness of the brushstrokes adds a tactile dimension, inviting viewers to experience the textural richness of the artwork.
In Laura Wait’s, “Venus on the Wolf Moon,” the enchanting use of Peach Fuzz unveils a canvas that embodies a harmonious fusion of old-world charm and contemporary boldness. Drawing inspiration from old letter forms, Wait rejuvenates her artistic vision with cleaner shapes, infusing the composition with a renewed sense of vigor. The incorporation of Peach Fuzz adds a subtle warmth to the piece, creating a delicate balance amid the prominence of big, black bold shapes that exude clarity and purpose.
Written by Veronica Vale