Monday, January 12, 2015

The History of Human Art

The principles behind Human Art go back to at least the 1800s when Edwin Babbitt established that color can affect your mood. In the 1900s Wilhelm Ostwald & Dr. Max Luscher expanded on that theory and added that line and shape have the same effect. Beginning in 1934, Faber Birren published 25 works expanding on the qualities and influences of color. 

In the early 1970's two University of Utah students, Carole Coombs and Donna Boam, took those works and began trying to answer the unanswered questions about color analysis. In the late '70's they hired artist Donna O. Kearney to help in their research because of her background in art. The research was then handed over to the Kearney family completely, and the family did 30 more years of their own research and analysis. 

The Kearneys are an entire family of artists. The father was a commercial artist, the mother was an art teacher and all 12 children pursued careers that involved some form of art. The research they did was empirical—meaning it was all based on observation. Working mostly one-on-one with individuals, they would take note of bone structure, line, sound, movement and color, and track the behavior and characteristics of those people. Eventually they began to find patterns and continued to test and build on those patterns until the theories of Human Art were firmly established. 

A daughter, Brook, married psychologist Rod Thornley who began helping them track the behavioral and psychological aspects of the theory, further establishing the truth and accuracy of the Human Art methodology. Everything was then handed over to Brook and Rod who established Brook Design Company and Human Art in 2004. 

Over the years Brook and her husband Rod have shared the message of Human Art through classes and consultations-working to change the world one person at a time. 

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