• $ (USD)
  • Need some help

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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Paintings

Read more

Saved search

Your search is accessible from the favorites tab > My favorite searches

Unsaved search

A problem occurred

KiKo, Vers l'avenir, Painting

KiKo

Vers l'avenir, 2021
73 x 60 x 2.5 cm
Painting

Sold

Ronald Hunter, The Blonde - Incl Frame, Painting

Ronald Hunter

The Blonde - Incl Frame, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

C215, Singe, Painting

C215

Singe, 2017
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$4,133

Onemizer, Sean 007, Painting

Onemizer

Sean 007, 2020
28 x 28 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,823

Speedy Graphito, Donald Duck Mag, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Donald Duck Mag, 2021
130 x 97 x 4 cm
Painting

$26,740

Antony Squizzato, Crawlers, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Crawlers, 2021
120 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,133

Rico Sab, Happy Gaston, Painting

Rico Sab

Happy Gaston, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$340

Xiu, La plage, Painting

Xiu

La plage, 2021
79 x 59 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,039

Sergio Moscona, Les architectes de la parole II, Painting

Sergio Moscona

Les architectes de la parole II, 2016
198 x 115 x 5 cm
Painting

$22,486

Jo Di Bona, Samo, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Samo, 2021
120 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$5,470

Alain Mimouni, Flamber de Pascale, Painting

Alain Mimouni

Flamber de Pascale, 2021
70 x 108 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,039

Spaco, Super Mario, Painting

Spaco

Super Mario, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$194

Xiu, l' Arbre de richesse II, Painting

Xiu

l' Arbre de richesse II, 2021
120 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,039

Gina Vor, Bubble In A Trouble, Painting

Gina Vor

Bubble In A Trouble, 2018
30 x 24 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$233 $292

Fat, Crazy life, Painting

Fat

Crazy life, 2021
110 x 130 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,282

Seaty, Luanda, Painting

Seaty

Luanda, 2019
146 x 114 x 3 cm
Painting

$14,586

tizlu, Daedalus Son, Painting

tizlu

Daedalus Son, 2021
100.5 x 50 x 1 cm
Painting

$4,740

Liora, Black Hole 21, Painting

Liora

Black Hole 21, 2021
50 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$608

Fred Boutet, Marine abstraite, Painting

Fred Boutet

Marine abstraite, 2021
81 x 130 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,215

Virginia Benedicto, Mademoiselle Coco, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

Mademoiselle Coco, 2021
120 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,011

Fred Meurice, Red Butterfly, Painting

Fred Meurice

Red Butterfly, 2021
28 x 28 x 4.5 cm
Painting

$717

Philippe Pasqua, Portrait Rose, Painting

Philippe Pasqua

Portrait Rose, 2010
120 x 80 cm
Painting

$7,293

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, La vie en jaune, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

La vie en jaune, 2021
40 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,823

Hom Nguyen, Empreinte, Painting

Hom Nguyen

Empreinte, 2021
160 x 140 x 5 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

Gina Vor, Abstract No. 12 - Abstrait No 12, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No. 12 - Abstrait No 12, 2021
30 x 24 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$267

Mara Toledo, L heure du gouter, Painting

Mara Toledo

L heure du gouter, 2021
30 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$669

Goddog, L'inconnu au parapluie, Painting

Goddog

L'inconnu au parapluie, 2021
116 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,917

Keny, Plaque metro Spray, Painting

Keny

Plaque metro Spray, 2021
45 x 22.5 x 2 cm
Painting

$486

Ciscø, Don't touch, Painting

Ciscø

Don't touch, 2021
9.5 x 18 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$523

Raoul P. Brosseau, Les sauveteurs, Painting

Raoul P. Brosseau

Les sauveteurs, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,282

Olivier Massebeuf, Nocturne, Painting

Olivier Massebeuf

Nocturne, 2021
130 x 89 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,702

Daniel Despothuis, N°42, Painting

Daniel Despothuis

N°42, 2009
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$972

Stoz, HH 106, Painting

Stoz

HH 106, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$170

Ora Ora, Skateboard - Moise, Painting

Ora Ora

Skateboard - Moise, 2021
80 x 20 x 3 cm
Painting

$729

Christine Barth Mroz, Brume dorée, Painting

Christine Barth Mroz

Brume dorée, 2021
100 x 89 cm
Painting

$1,945

Joëlle Michenet, Vie intérieure Z, Painting

Joëlle Michenet

Vie intérieure Z, 2021
120 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,431

Véronique Clanet, Miss capucine, Painting

Véronique Clanet

Miss capucine, 2021
41 x 33 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,167

Soklak Elgato, Black and white motion, Painting

Soklak Elgato

Black and white motion, 2021
130 x 195 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,332

Graziella, Renoncules I, Painting

Graziella

Renoncules I, 2020
25 x 25 x 2 cm
Painting

$249

Paco Roum, Face time pandy, Painting

Paco Roum

Face time pandy, 2021
102 x 102 x 1 cm
Painting

$5,834

Jean-Yves Lautrédou, P111, Painting

Jean-Yves Lautrédou

P111, 2021
75 x 130 cm
Painting

$6,077

Nikolaos Schizas, Smell mint, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

Smell mint, 2021
100 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,301

Laetitia B., Crosswalk with Keith, Painting

Laetitia B.

Crosswalk with Keith, 2021
60 x 39.5 x 3 cm
Painting

$820 $912

Jean Rouzaud, Sans titre, Painting

Jean Rouzaud

Sans titre, 1988
73 x 92.5 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,215

Yoz, Harley Quinn, Painting

Yoz

Harley Quinn, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,094

Severine Dietrich, Zone Commerciale #1, Painting

Severine Dietrich

Zone Commerciale #1, 2021
80 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,702

Nathalie Zelman, Mickey Fashion Victim, Painting

Nathalie Zelman

Mickey Fashion Victim, 2021
60 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$2,309

Leo Guida, Cactus, Painting

Leo Guida

Cactus, 1980
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,823

Humanfuel, Organic Flow, Painting

Humanfuel

Organic Flow, 2021
73 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,890

Âme Sauvage, Journée de pêche, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Journée de pêche, 2021
60 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$827

François Farouk, Droïdes Série "le grand mix", Painting

François Farouk

Droïdes Série "le grand mix", 2021
70 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,376

Maite Diniz, Belle nature, Painting

Maite Diniz

Belle nature, 2021
30 x 40 x 3 cm
Painting

$547

Robert Sgarra, Bronx, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Bronx, 2021
150 x 150 x 3 cm
Painting

$7,293

Spaco, Police Love, Painting

Spaco

Police Love, 2021
55 x 45 x 2 cm
Painting

$340

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Geisha, Painting

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Geisha, 2019
130 x 90 x 1 cm
Painting

$4,740

Adrienn Krahl, Monochromatic Series – Nr 1, Painting

Adrienn Krahl

Monochromatic Series – Nr 1, 2021
188 x 145 cm
Painting

$6,251

Nat Stresser, Paysage N2, Painting

Nat Stresser

Paysage N2, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$425

Sophie Lormeau, Maison de poupée déracinée, Painting

Sophie Lormeau

Maison de poupée déracinée, 2019
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$588

Jean-Philippe Berger, Gandhi, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Gandhi, 2021
50 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$340

Fabien Novarino, Rocky David, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Rocky David, 2021
130 x 90 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,646

Yasna Godovanik, A Love Day In NY, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

A Love Day In NY, 2021
119 x 84 x 2 cm
Painting

$964 $1,579

Francoise Augustine, Inari, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Inari, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,823

Seen, Mix n match, Painting

Seen

Mix n match, 2017
120.5 x 154 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,525

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé, Signature, Painting

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé

Signature, 2021
81 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,799

Not feeling very inspired? Get your personalised selection today