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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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Gabriela Lavezzari, Le Printemps, Painting

Gabriela Lavezzari

Le Printemps, 2021
114 x 146 x 3 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Stratos, Maman raconte une histoire, Painting

Stratos

Maman raconte une histoire, 2021
80 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$12,860

Onemizer, Sean 007, Painting

Onemizer

Sean 007, 2020
28 x 28 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,855

Alain Mimouni, Flamber de Pascale, Painting

Alain Mimouni

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

$3,091

L'Atlas, To the light, Painting

L'Atlas

To the light, 2020
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$9,645

Nathanael Koffi, Pattern 3, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Pattern 3, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,855

Ronald Hunter, Traffic pink landscape, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic pink landscape, 2021
70 x 140 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,223

Antony Squizzato, Crawlers, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Crawlers, 2021
120 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,204

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

$22,876

Seen, Sans, Painting

Seen

Sans, 2008
81 x 232 x 2 cm
Painting

$8,038

Fat, Crazy life, Painting

Fat

Crazy life, 2021
110 x 130 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,339

Liora, Clin D'Oeil, Painting

Liora

Clin D'Oeil, 2021
72 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,051

Antonino Puliafico, Vaso con girasole, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Vaso con girasole, 2021
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,608

Seaty, Luanda, Painting

Seaty

Luanda, 2019
146 x 114 x 3 cm
Painting

$14,839

Xiu, La plage, Painting

Xiu

La plage, 2021
79 x 59 x 1 cm
Painting

$2,782 $3,091

Gina Vor, Abstract No. 1 | Abstrait  No. 1, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No. 1 | Abstrait No. 1, 2019
30 x 24 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$272

Ciscø, Sad Life, Painting

Ciscø

Sad Life, 2021
9.5 x 18 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$495

Mara Toledo, La cascade de la montagne bleu, Painting

Mara Toledo

La cascade de la montagne bleu, 2021
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,473

Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Intense, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Intense, 2021
90 x 130 cm
Painting

$2,819

Keny, Plaque metro Spray, Painting

Keny

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

$495

Monsieur Mollotov, Batman, Painting

Monsieur Mollotov

Batman, 2019
116 x 89 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,710

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Champagne en musique, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Champagne en musique, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,226

Hom Nguyen, Human, Painting

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2021
200 x 200 x 5 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Intarissable, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Intarissable, 2018
40 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,088

Xavier Jambon, Les joueurs de cartes, Painting

Xavier Jambon

Les joueurs de cartes, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,484

Stoz, HH 105, Painting

Stoz

HH 105, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$173

Olivier Massebeuf, Nocturne, Painting

Olivier Massebeuf

Nocturne, 2021
130 x 89 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,731

Christine Barth Mroz, Brume dorée, Painting

Christine Barth Mroz

Brume dorée, 2021
100 x 89 cm
Painting

$1,978

Daniel Despothuis, N°42, Painting

Daniel Despothuis

N°42, 2009
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$989

Jean Rouzaud, Sans titre n°212, Painting

Jean Rouzaud

Sans titre n°212, 1986
92 x 73 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,224

Money Talk, Circus Money Talk, Painting

Money Talk

Circus Money Talk, 2021
60 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$606

Raoul P. Brosseau, Les sauveteurs, Painting

Raoul P. Brosseau

Les sauveteurs, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,339

Soklak Elgato, Black and white motion, Painting

Soklak Elgato

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

$10,511

Joëlle Michenet, Vie intérieure Z, Painting

Joëlle Michenet

Vie intérieure Z, 2021
120 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,473

Mosko, Baby jaguar blue, Painting

Mosko

Baby jaguar blue, 2021
50 x 27.5 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,360

Daru, King Of Cash, Painting

Daru

King Of Cash, 2021
112 x 82 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,720

Nathalie Zelman, Mickey Fashion Victim, Painting

Nathalie Zelman

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

$2,349

Graziella, Renoncules I, Painting

Graziella

Renoncules I, 2020
25 x 25 x 2 cm
Painting

$253

Severine Dietrich, Zone Commerciale #1, Painting

Severine Dietrich

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

$1,731

Ora Ora, Skateboard - Moise, Painting

Ora Ora

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

$742

Yasen Zgurovski, Bulls and Cows 4, Painting

Yasen Zgurovski

Bulls and Cows 4, 2020
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$148

Brooke Noel Morgan, Intersection, Painting

Brooke Noel Morgan

Intersection, 2020
94 x 78.7 cm
Painting

$2,736

Nat Stresser, Paysage N2, Painting

Nat Stresser

Paysage N2, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$433

Leo Guida, Cactus, Painting

Leo Guida

Cactus, 1980
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,855

Humanfuel, Organic Flow, Painting

Humanfuel

Organic Flow, 2021
73 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,957

Spaco, Police Love, Painting

Spaco

Police Love, 2021
55 x 45 x 2 cm
Painting

$346

Noze, Graffiti Wall #18, Painting

Noze

Graffiti Wall #18, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,978

Yichao Sun, Jeux de couleur I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Jeux de couleur I, 2021
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$668 $742

Âme Sauvage, Purple night, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Purple night, 2021
18 x 24 x 2 cm
Painting

$74

Joanna Glazer, I Opened the Window, song by Tchaikovsky, and the Sun is the Absolute Master, Painting

Joanna Glazer

I Opened the Window, song by Tchaikovsky, and the Sun is the Absolute Master, 2021
100 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$303 $606

Laetitia B., Crosswalk with Keith, Painting

Laetitia B.

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

$927

Francoise Augustine, Inari, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Inari, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,855

Benjamin David, Urban wolf, Painting

Benjamin David

Urban wolf, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,286

Mireille Hottinger, Aquilae, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

Aquilae, 2021
80 x 40 cm
Painting

$1,929

Fuh-mi, Wisdom, Painting

Fuh-mi

Wisdom, 2021
109 x 89 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,966

Michel Castanet (Mica), N°202, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°202, 2021
20 x 20 cm
Painting

$223

R. Wayne Reynolds, Is earth on the menu, Painting

R. Wayne Reynolds

Is earth on the menu, 2018
76.5 x 101.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,731

Rodica Anesia, N°I-0621, Painting

Rodica Anesia

N°I-0621, 2021
20 x 20 cm
Painting

$297

Robert Combas, Les cactus, Painting

Robert Combas

Les cactus, 1987
160 x 132 x 4 cm
Painting

$204,033

Geraldine Bandiziol, Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Painting

Geraldine Bandiziol

Déjeuner sur l'herbe, 2021
20 x 20 x 4 cm
Painting

$223

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Echo de l'éclosion, Painting

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Echo de l'éclosion, 2021
100 x 81 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,339

Sandra Paris, Emballe-moi 1, Painting

Sandra Paris

Emballe-moi 1, 2021
17 x 14 x 0.25 cm
Painting

$187

Françoise Dagorn, Belle rencontre, Painting

Françoise Dagorn

Belle rencontre, 2021
40 x 40 cm
Painting

$495

Shelby, Le tagueur, Painting

Shelby

Le tagueur, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,894 $3,215

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