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Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a pictorial technique which is widely popular in today’s art world. It uses a synthetic paint and its paste is made of pigments which are similar to those found in oil painting. It is emulsified with water and mixed with resin which binds them together.

Although the current success of acrylic paint is undeniable, its invention is nonetheless relatively recent in the history of painting. It was first developed in the 1930s in the United States. The advantages of this new technique (durability, solidity, quick to dry) were initially put to use in the industrial, construction and automobile sectors. In 1949, the printers Leonor Colour and Sam Golden decided to commercialise the invention and target artists thanks to the paint brand Magma.

At the same time, chemists at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico were also developing its texture, working alongside expert muralists who used it to create the mural and fresco paintings on the Mexico University’s façade.

The material was embraced by the art world with important representatives of abstract expressionism, including Kooning, Rothko and Morris Louis using it in their work. But it was in 1963 that acrylic paint truly conquered the art world under the commercial brand name Liquitex, thanks to the innovations of Henry Levinson who made the paint dilutable with water and not just turpentine spirit.

Thanks to this, the paint became easier to work with, and more importantly, more accessible. It quickly became the favourite medium of Pop Art legends such as the painters Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Previously ignored in favour of oil painting which continued to be a symbol of the Fine Arts par excellence, acrylic painting benefited from the influence of these big names. Mindsets gradually changed and acrylic paint continued to seduce an ever growing audience of creators. Originally an exclusively American privilege, the paint was exported to Europe around 1965. This was mainly thanks to the Belgian painter Pierre Alechinsky who played a role in making it popular among the Western European Surrealist circles after he returned from New York. Joan Miró and Max Ernst also demonstrated a preference for the medium, which had in the meantime become a legitimate alternative to oil painting.

The two canvas painting techniques conflict with each other in several ways . Many see acrylic paint as a material which corresponds better to the fast-paced modernity of our times. Whilst oil painting requires a tremendous amount of patience and and can crack when drying, acrylic paint dries quickly, does not need varnishing, is highly waterproof and most importantly, can be conserved more easily.

Acrylic resin can also be adapted to all kinds of supports, whether it be glass or fabric, and its texture allows the artist to play intricately with the thickness and reliefs without having to worry about the chromatic purity of the palette. The works of the contemporary painters John Kokkinos, Julien Colombier and Dan Barichasse are all examples of the use of the medium in artworks today.

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Fenx, Russian Night, Painting

Fenx

Russian Night, 2015
195 x 130 x 3 cm
Painting

$12,049

Ronald Hunter, Boiling Bubbles Original XL, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Boiling Bubbles Original XL, 2019
150 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,711

Ronald Hunter, Original Yellow Panels XL, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Original Yellow Panels XL, 2021
90 x 180 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,253

Daru, Lucky Vip, Painting

Daru

Lucky Vip, 2021
100 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,374

Cope2, Bronx Icon 1, Painting

Cope2

Bronx Icon 1, 2021
50 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,325

Fred Boutet, Midtown, Painting

Fred Boutet

Midtown, 2021
81 x 130 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,205

Gina Vor, Space, Painting

Gina Vor

Space, 2021
90 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,024

Jéko, Rien à voir, Painting

Jéko

Rien à voir, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,084

Nathanael Koffi, It feel like acid rain, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

It feel like acid rain, 2021
73 x 100 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$2,169

Jérôme Mesnager, N°8, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

N°8, 2019
100 x 30 x 3 cm
Painting

< $ 2,500

Xiu, Paysages 600, Painting

Xiu

Paysages 600, 2021
30 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$723

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, 2021
80 x 60 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$289

Spaco, Louis Vuitton colors, Painting

Spaco

Louis Vuitton colors, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$217

C215, Le couple, Painting

C215

Le couple, 2021
64.5 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,904

Hersk, Missing 1, Painting

Hersk

Missing 1, 2021
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

< $ 2,500

Adrien Faveau, Park avenue, Painting

Adrien Faveau

Park avenue, 2021
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,928

Joanna Woyda, Father and son, Painting

Joanna Woyda

Father and son, 2020
100 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,024

Spaco, Batman vs Joker, Painting

Spaco

Batman vs Joker, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$133

Brian Bartlett, Blue Yonder, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Blue Yonder, 2021
90 x 120 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,118

Sergiusz Powalka, Black pond under Rysy Mountain. A sunset, Painting

Sergiusz Powalka

Black pond under Rysy Mountain. A sunset, 2021
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$723

Fabien Novarino, Steve drives 911, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Steve drives 911, 2020
80 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,988

Rita Vandenherrewegen, Un souffle leger, Painting

Rita Vandenherrewegen

Un souffle leger, 2021
32 x 32 x 2 cm
Painting

$423 $470

Ian Lawrence, Eruption, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Eruption, 2021
30 x 30 x 4 cm
Painting

$699

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Equatorial, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Equatorial, 2009
40 x 40 cm
Painting

$482

Céline Weber, Amazonite, Painting

Céline Weber

Amazonite, 2021
120 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,205

L'Atlas, Deep Tuesday, Painting

L'Atlas

Deep Tuesday, 2019
120 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$9,036

Pierre Fillastre, N646, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N646, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$289

Âme Sauvage, Mélange des genres, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Mélange des genres, 2021
60 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$783

Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Bleuitude, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Bleuitude, 2021
80 x 100 cm
Painting

$2,108

Joseph, Coke, Painting

Joseph

Coke, 2021
50 x 70 x 5 cm
Painting

$1,687

Keng Wai Lee, Stream 3, Painting

Keng Wai Lee

Stream 3, 2021
100 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,965

Vincent Gachaga, Le Mans gulf 20, Painting

Vincent Gachaga

Le Mans gulf 20, 2021
110 x 80 x 6.5 cm
Painting

$3,856

Flow, Birds, Painting

Flow

Birds, 2020
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,856

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens 10, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$711

Michel Castanet (Mica), N803, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N803, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,410

Marta Zawadzka, White rhythm, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

White rhythm, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,289

Aurélien Desbois, Chemin jaune, Painting

Aurélien Desbois

Chemin jaune, 2020
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,807

Virginia Benedicto, Carmen, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

Carmen, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,856

Christine Barth Mroz, Urban graffitis, Painting

Christine Barth Mroz

Urban graffitis, 2021
120 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,289

Dominique Bour, Orée lol - série Paysage abstrait, Painting

Dominique Bour

Orée lol - série Paysage abstrait, 2020
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,807

Sophie Jourdain de Thieulloy, Souffle - série Abstraction lyrique, Painting

Sophie Jourdain de Thieulloy

Souffle - série Abstraction lyrique, 2021
65 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$904

Véronique Clanet, Cette fois ci on part quand même, Painting

Véronique Clanet

Cette fois ci on part quand même, 2020
92 x 73 cm
Painting

$5,374

María José Franco Maldonado, Sol Rosa 5. From "SOL" Series, (Framed), Painting

María José Franco Maldonado

Sol Rosa 5. From "SOL" Series, (Framed), 2021
66 x 50 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$1,000

Sara Jaskiewicz, Rings 27, Painting

Sara Jaskiewicz

Rings 27, 2010
100 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,807

Marianne Lefevre, A long long way to roam, Painting

Marianne Lefevre

A long long way to roam, 2021
30 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$711

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1131, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1131, 2021
70 x 160 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,892

Michael Grine, Tracks, Painting

Michael Grine

Tracks, 2021
61 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$2,000

Francoise Augustine, Huginn, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Huginn, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,205

Jordi Sàbat, Bellesa interior I, Painting

Jordi Sàbat

Bellesa interior I, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$904

Jean-Philippe Berger, Géonimo II, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Géonimo II, 2021
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$446

Yichao Sun, Under the rainbow, Painting

Yichao Sun

Under the rainbow, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$6,627

Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,253

Sarah Jack, Within the Copse, Painting

Sarah Jack

Within the Copse, 2020
34 x 26 x 1 cm
Painting

$699

Yasna Godovanik, Je Vous Aime, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Je Vous Aime, 2021
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Ralph Resch, Grand prix, Painting

Ralph Resch

Grand prix, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,265

Jun Peng Wu, Composition 301, Painting

Jun Peng Wu

Composition 301, 2021
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$723

Dominique Heitz, Acidulés, Painting

Dominique Heitz

Acidulés, 2021
50 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,181

Russell Frampton, Almach Andromadae Disc, Painting

Russell Frampton

Almach Andromadae Disc, 2021
86 x 86 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,083

Irene Nelson, Untitled Red, Painting

Irene Nelson

Untitled Red, 2019
61 x 51 cm
Painting

$1,341

Mireille Hottinger, N3-09-21, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N3-09-21, 2021
20 x 20 cm
Painting

$337

Annie Becco, De profundis, Painting

Annie Becco

De profundis, 2021
80 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,687

Grégory Gérard, Les profondeurs, Painting

Grégory Gérard

Les profondeurs, 2021
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$542

Poonam Choudhary, I find where I left off, Painting

Poonam Choudhary

I find where I left off, 2021
101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$552 $690

Miguel Cadiergues, Où suis-je ? 2, Painting

Miguel Cadiergues

Où suis-je ? 2, 2021
61 x 50 cm
Painting

$554

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