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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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Rico Sab, Be Free, Painting

Rico Sab

Be Free, 2021
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

€260

Our recommendations Sophie Petetin, Une course de folie, Painting

Sophie Petetin

Une course de folie, 2021
70 x 60 x 2.5 cm
Painting

€1,495

Marian Williams, Poles Apart 1, Painting

Marian Williams

Poles Apart 1, 2021
46 x 38 x 2 cm
Painting

€450

Liora, Lumière, Painting

Liora

Lumière, 2021
50 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

€500

Cope2, Bronx King, Painting

Cope2

Bronx King, 2021
16 x 20 x 0.5 cm
Painting

€600

Jéko, Sand, Painting

Jéko

Sand, 2021
41 x 33 x 2 cm
Painting

€950

M.Chat, L'heure de la sieste, Painting

M.Chat

L'heure de la sieste, 2021
108 x 108 x 3 cm
Painting

€8,500

JonOne, Everything going to be find, Painting

JonOne

Everything going to be find, 2018
150 x 120 x 5 cm
Painting

15,000 - € 25,000

Ronald Hunter, Traffic Pink, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Pink, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

€760

Onemizer, Aladdin, Painting

Onemizer

Aladdin, 2020
65 x 65 x 5 cm
Painting

€2,850

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Arlequins, arlequines, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Arlequins, arlequines, 2018
50 x 150 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,800

L'Atlas, Purple midnight, Painting

L'Atlas

Purple midnight, 2020
150 x 150 x 5 cm
Painting

10,000 - € 15,000

Pierre Fillastre, N226, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N226, 2020
65 x 54 cm
Painting

Sold

Nathanael Koffi, Red carpet, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Red carpet, 2021
44.5 x 32 x 4.4 cm
Painting

€700

Stoz, Spray Stoz 2, Painting

Stoz

Spray Stoz 2, 2021
80 x 80 x 3.5 cm
Painting

Sold

Gina Vor, Abstract No 17, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No 17, 2021
29.5 x 21 x 0.2 cm
Painting

€100

Jo Di Bona, Monrobay queen, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Monrobay queen, 2021
80 x 42 x 6 cm
Painting

2,500 - € 5,000

Jana & JS, I Get Lost Sometimes, Painting

Jana & JS

I Get Lost Sometimes, 2021
25 x 25 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,000

Daru, Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, 2021
40 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

€1,200

Spaco, Wonder Woman, Painting

Spaco

Wonder Woman, 2020
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

€110

Claude Viallat, 414, Painting

Claude Viallat

414, 2019
132 x 71 x 0.5 cm
Painting

€12,800

Âme Sauvage, Œuvre galactique, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Œuvre galactique, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,700

Zenoy, Chrome Angel, Painting

Zenoy

Chrome Angel, 2021
81 x 21 x 5 cm
Painting

€1,800

Joanna Glazer, Magical Meetings, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Magical Meetings, 2018
90 x 65 x 1 cm
Painting

€198 €395

Hom Nguyen, Woman, Painting

Hom Nguyen

Woman, 2021
80 x 60 x 5 cm
Painting

5,000 - € 10,000

Joanna Glazer, Blue Bird of Paradise, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Blue Bird of Paradise, 2015
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

€198 €395

Maite Diniz, La barque, Painting

Maite Diniz

La barque, 2019
60 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

€650

Yichao Sun, Bleu I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Bleu I, 2021
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

€600

Virginia Benedicto, L'artiste, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

L'artiste, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

€3,500

Manuela Karin Knaut, Sorry for people whom came to new york and don't know anybody, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Sorry for people whom came to new york and don't know anybody, 2018
150 x 120 x 4 cm
Painting

€4,600

Shelby, Follow My Art, Painting

Shelby

Follow My Art, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

€2,340 €2,600

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé, Sans titre, Painting

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé

Sans titre, 2014
92 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,650

Manuela Karin Knaut, Reflections, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Reflections, 2021
200 x 140 cm
Painting

€6,452

Lady Pink, Coral Pink, Painting

Lady Pink

Coral Pink, 2021
91.4 x 66 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€3,900

Marie-Edmée Séguin, Croquis, Painting

Marie-Edmée Séguin

Croquis, 2012
30 x 24 cm
Painting

€400

Duster, Untitled, Painting

Duster

Untitled, 2013
105.4 x 134.6 cm
Painting

€6,500

Noze, Graffiti Wall #25, Painting

Noze

Graffiti Wall #25, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,600

Andrew Weir, The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, Painting

Andrew Weir

The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, 2021
100 x 70 x 0.01 cm
Painting

€800

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1123, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1123, 2021
60 x 160 x 2 cm
Painting

€2,300

Silvia Calmejane, Magic Life, Painting

Silvia Calmejane

Magic Life, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

€4,900

Noir Artist, Contemplation - Paz, Painting

Noir Artist

Contemplation - Paz, 2021
150 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

€5,500

Jérôme Mesnager, 93, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

93, 2018
160 x 89 x 10 cm
Painting

€4,500

Tommaso Fattovich, Bloom, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Bloom, 2021
152.4 x 122 cm
Painting

€8,364

Mireille Hottinger, N2, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N2, 2021
13 x 13 cm
Painting

€195

Kirill Postovit, In The Forest Of A Dream, Painting

Kirill Postovit

In The Forest Of A Dream, 2021
160 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

€3,999

David Ferreira, Mikatoto Jaune, Painting

David Ferreira

Mikatoto Jaune, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

€1,900

Istraille, Pelshery, Painting

Istraille

Pelshery, 2021
80 x 60 cm
Painting

€980

Yasna Godovanik, Desert Becomes Heaven With You, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Desert Becomes Heaven With You, 2021
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

€725 €1,250

Shake, Nobody Likes Me (Banksy Tribute), Painting

Shake

Nobody Likes Me (Banksy Tribute), 2021
80 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

€585 €650

Paco Roum, You are Rock ! Baby, Painting

Paco Roum

You are Rock ! Baby, 2021
65 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

€950

Jean-Philippe Berger, The sunny girl, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

The sunny girl, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

€750

Marie-Dominique Willemot, A la Folie, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

A la Folie, 2021
60 x 60 cm
Painting

€890

Benjamin David, Birkhan, Painting

Benjamin David

Birkhan, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

€1,040

Alain Mimouni, Amen, Painting

Alain Mimouni

Amen, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

€2,900

Alexander Daniloff, Pic nic, Painting

Alexander Daniloff

Pic nic, 2006
32 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Painting

€468 €520

Marta Zawadzka, In the garden, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

In the garden, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

€1,900

Alea Pinar Du Pre, Maria, Painting

Alea Pinar Du Pre

Maria, 2021
59 x 46 x 3 cm
Painting

€2,500

François-Régis Lemonnier, Un soir au bout du monde, Painting

François-Régis Lemonnier

Un soir au bout du monde, 2021
50 x 50 x 5 cm
Painting

€750

Rafael Sliks, Untitled, Painting

Rafael Sliks

Untitled, 2021
119 x 119 x 5 cm
Painting

5,000 - € 10,000

Séverine Solcourt, Go Smiley, Painting

Séverine Solcourt

Go Smiley, 2021
140 x 140 x 2 cm
Painting

€3,900

MNFF, Donald Super Star, Painting

MNFF

Donald Super Star, 2021
61 x 57 x 2 cm
Painting

€2,300

Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, 2021
80 x 40 x 1.5 cm
Painting

€170

Nikolaos Schizas, From Asia with love!, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

From Asia with love!, 2021
130 x 97 cm
Painting

€3,943

Michel Castanet (Mica), N°800, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°800, 2020
80 x 80 cm
Painting

€2,000

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