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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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Daru, Lucky Vip, Painting

Daru

Lucky Vip, 2021
100 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,350

M.Chat, Chat ailé et nuages bleus, Painting

M.Chat

Chat ailé et nuages bleus, 2021
50 x 65 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$2,991

Ronald Hunter, Black Line Picture, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Black Line Picture, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$592

Cope2, Bronx Icon 1, Painting

Cope2

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

$1,185 $1,316

Gina Vor, Blue Abstract No. 1 | Peinture Abstraite Bleue No. 1, Painting

Gina Vor

Blue Abstract No. 1 | Peinture Abstraite Bleue No. 1, 2019
78.5 x 108 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,077 $1,197

Vidiz, Minimicha, Painting

Vidiz

Minimicha, 2021
110 x 51 x 3 cm
Painting

$670

Fred Boutet, Midtown, Painting

Fred Boutet

Midtown, 2021
81 x 130 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,197

Jéko, Rien à voir, Painting

Jéko

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

$1,077

Jonathan Pradillon, Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

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

$287

Nathanael Koffi, Pineapple, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Pineapple, 2021
69 x 25 x 1 cm
Painting

$440

Liora, L.o.v.e....Vole, Painting

Liora

L.o.v.e....Vole, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,185

Jérôme Mesnager, En plein Essor (22 de 2021), Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

En plein Essor (22 de 2021), 2021
21 x 16.8 x 6.5 cm
Painting

$694

C215, Simone Veil, Painting

C215

Simone Veil, 2021
65 x 44 x 2 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Hersk, Missing 1, Painting

Hersk

Missing 1, 2021
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

< $ 2,500

Stoz, Over the top 0018, Painting

Stoz

Over the top 0018, 2021
60 x 30 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$168

JM Robert, Urban Face 3, Painting

JM Robert

Urban Face 3, 2021
100 x 81 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,470

Adrien Faveau, Park avenue, Painting

Adrien Faveau

Park avenue, 2021
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,914

Spaco, Louis Vuitton colors, Painting

Spaco

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

$215

Brian Bartlett, Blue Yonder, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Blue Yonder, 2021
90 x 120 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,090

Xiu, Fleur 125, Painting

Xiu

Fleur 125, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$479

Rita Vandenherrewegen, Projections, Painting

Rita Vandenherrewegen

Projections, 2021
40 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$550

Âme Sauvage, L'art des artistes, Painting

Âme Sauvage

L'art des artistes, 2021
65 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$586

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

$718

Kapea, It's Joke, Painting

Kapea

It's Joke, 2021
65 x 50 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$538

Shelby, Square Love (Banksy X Keith Haring), Painting

Shelby

Square Love (Banksy X Keith Haring), 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,111

Benoît Guérin, Balade à La Rochelle, Painting

Benoît Guérin

Balade à La Rochelle, 2021
70 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$754 $838

L'Atlas, Deep Tuesday, Painting

L'Atlas

Deep Tuesday, 2019
120 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$8,974

Fabien Novarino, Steve drives 911, Painting

Fabien Novarino

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

$1,974

Money Talk, Girl like diamonds, Painting

Money Talk

Girl like diamonds, 2021
70 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

Ian Lawrence, Eruption, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Eruption, 2021
30 x 30 x 4 cm
Painting

$690

Léa Ezekielle, Flex out, Painting

Léa Ezekielle

Flex out, 2021
135 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$826

Yrak, Dimension III, Painting

Yrak

Dimension III, 2020
190 x 130 x 5 cm
Painting

$7,179

Marta Zawadzka, Pink skyline, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Pink skyline, 2021
50 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,579

David Cumps, Alfons millionnaire, Painting

David Cumps

Alfons millionnaire, 2021
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,137

Cumbone, Mantraffiti, Painting

Cumbone

Mantraffiti, 2021
130 x 97 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,667

Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Bleuitude, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Bleuitude, 2021
80 x 100 cm
Painting

$2,094

OverSide, Basquiat, Painting

OverSide

Basquiat, 2021
130 x 130 x 2.8 cm
Painting

$3,470

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

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

$706

Gor Avetisyan, A Perception of Passion I, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

A Perception of Passion I, 2021
135 x 72 cm
Painting

$2,022

Flow, Birds, Painting

Flow

Birds, 2020
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,829

Grégory Watin, Flower, Painting

Grégory Watin

Flower, 2021
180 x 28 x 10 cm
Painting

$4,308

Poonam Choudhary, Conquer the bad with the good, Painting

Poonam Choudhary

Conquer the bad with the good, 2021
61 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$680

Yann Letestu, Vue Mer, Painting

Yann Letestu

Vue Mer, 2021
73 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,034

Nikolaos Schizas, Fluor Love, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

Fluor Love, 2021
87 x 63 cm
Painting

$1,951

Francoise Augustine, Huginn, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Huginn, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,197

Yichao Sun, Labyrinthe, Painting

Yichao Sun

Labyrinthe, 2021
150 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,743

Jean-Philippe Berger, Rêve de cocotiers, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Rêve de cocotiers, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$766

Véronique Clanet, Miss charlotte, Painting

Véronique Clanet

Miss charlotte, 2021
73 x 60 cm
Painting

$3,661

Richard Poumelin, Doux Mirage, Painting

Richard Poumelin

Doux Mirage, 2020
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

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

$897

Nicolaï, Pool scene, Painting

Nicolaï

Pool scene, 2021
54 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,154

Andrzej Borowski, Stairs to the sky, Painting

Andrzej Borowski

Stairs to the sky, 2016
50 x 40 x 1 cm
Painting

$2,513

Yasna Godovanik, Love One Another, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Love One Another, 2021
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,544

Marianne Lefevre, Si loin, Painting

Marianne Lefevre

Si loin, 2021
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$897

Alec Franco, Opra, Painting

Alec Franco

Opra, 2021
150 x 100 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$1,700

JonOne, Sunsplash, Painting

JonOne

Sunsplash, 2020
100 x 81 x 3 cm
Painting

$20,940

Marie Baldovini, Duel, Painting

Marie Baldovini

Duel, 2021
50 x 150 x 7.5 cm
Painting

$1,388

Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,244

Macha Poynder, Labors of Love, Painting

Macha Poynder

Labors of Love, 2020
112 x 111 cm
Painting

$7,244

Themanfromthefuture Urano, Walking into new worlds (6 pieces), Painting

Themanfromthefuture Urano

Walking into new worlds (6 pieces), 2021
87 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Dominique Bour, Orée lol - série Paysage abstrait, Painting

Dominique Bour

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

$1,795

Dominique Heitz, Acidulés, Painting

Dominique Heitz

Acidulés, 2021
50 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,173

Sara Jaskiewicz, Rings 27, Painting

Sara Jaskiewicz

Rings 27, 2010
100 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,795

Stéphanie Calemard, Family Wax n°20, Painting

Stéphanie Calemard

Family Wax n°20, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,393

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