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Over 100 years ago, artists and artist-scientists were working on theories of colour that paved the road for the TV, computer and mobile screens we use today.

The RGB color model makes use the fact that adding together red, green and blue light in various combinations can create a broad spectrum of colours. This model is employed in the OLED, plasma and LCD electronic screens that billions of people around the world use today.

The RGB dot system for electronic screens was made possible through a body of work on colour theory by a series of painter-scientists (like Ogden Rood and Wilhem Ostwald). The art of post-impressionist artists like Georges Seurat, and his novel pointillist technique, was also important in demonstrating how individual “points” of colour, when viewed from afar, could create new colours and shapes.

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