RN1092 Language of Colour, Yellow, 2017

Language of Colour is based on colour’s power in conveying ideas and information. Each of the seven works in the series references idioms and expressions relating to colour — words that are peculiar to themselves grammatically but whose relation to colour gives them specific meaning.

neon mounted on aluminium box

63 3/4 × 35 1/16 in | 162 × 89 cm

yellow jersey

in a cycling race involving stages (especially the Tour de France) a yellow jersey is worn each day by the leading rider and presented to the rider with the shortest overall time at the finish of the race

yellow arsenic

1. the common name for Yellow Orpiment, which closely resembles gold and was used by painters, particularly in Eastern Indian manuscript painting as well as for painting shields and lances and for writing in the 15th century 2. a chemical element with symbol As and atomic number 33

yellow pages

telephone directory, or a section of one, printed on yellow paper and listing businesses and other organisations according to the goods or services they offer

yellow card

in football and some other games a yellow card is shown by the referee to a player being cautioned

yellow submarine

1966 song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon with lead vocals by Ringo Starr. It was included on the 1966 album Revolver

yellow fever

serious viral infection that is spread by certain types of mosquito; symptoms can include liver damage causing yellow skin

yellow cab

common name for taxicab companies. The original Yellow Cab Company based in Chicago, Illinois, was one of the largest taxicab companies in the US

yellow flag

1. flag flown by a ship to indicate the presence of disease on board

2. yellow-flowered European iris which grows by water and in marshy places


to be yellow-bellied is to be cowardly or easily scared

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