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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


Lucky Vip, 2021
100 x 60 x 2 cm


Ronald Hunter, Original Yellow Panels XL, Painting

Ronald Hunter

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


Cope2, Bronx Icon 1, Painting


Bronx Icon 1, 2021
50 x 40 x 4 cm


Fred Boutet, Midtown, Painting

Fred Boutet

Midtown, 2021
81 x 130 x 2.5 cm


Nathanael Koffi, It feel like acid rain, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

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


Vidiz, Minimicha, Painting


Minimicha, 2021
110 x 51 x 3 cm


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


Jéko, Rien à voir, Painting


Rien à voir, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm


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


Jonathan Pradillon, Grand Fondu Bleu Iridescent, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

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


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


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


Joanna Woyda, Father and son, Painting

Joanna Woyda

Father and son, 2020
100 x 50 cm


C215, Le couple, Painting


Le couple, 2021
64.5 x 50 x 2 cm


Spaco, Batman vs Joker, Painting


Batman vs Joker, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm


Hersk, Missing 1, Painting


Missing 1, 2021
80 x 80 x 5 cm

< $ 2,500

Adrien Faveau, Park avenue, Painting

Adrien Faveau

Park avenue, 2021
120 x 120 x 3 cm


Brian Bartlett, Blue Yonder, Painting

Brian Bartlett

Blue Yonder, 2021
90 x 120 x 4 cm


Xiu, Paysages 600, Painting


Paysages 600, 2021
30 x 50 x 2 cm


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

Sergiusz Powalka

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


Rita Vandenherrewegen, Un souffle leger, Painting

Rita Vandenherrewegen

Un souffle leger, 2021
32 x 32 x 2 cm

$420 $467

Pierre Fillastre, N646, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N646, 2021
30 x 30 cm


Fabien Novarino, Steve drives 911, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Steve drives 911, 2020
80 x 80 x 1 cm


Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Equatorial, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Equatorial, 2009
40 x 40 cm


Céline Weber, Amazonite, Painting

Céline Weber

Amazonite, 2021
120 x 120 x 2 cm


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


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


Âme Sauvage, Mélange des genres, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Mélange des genres, 2021
60 x 73 x 2 cm


Ian Lawrence, Eruption, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Eruption, 2021
30 x 30 x 4 cm


David Cumps, Alfons millionnaire, Painting

David Cumps

Alfons millionnaire, 2021
60 x 60 x 3 cm


Joseph, Coke, Painting


Coke, 2021
50 x 70 x 5 cm


Maryse Chatron Kriloff, Bleuitude, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

Bleuitude, 2021
80 x 100 cm


Michel Castanet (Mica), N803, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N803, 2021
80 x 80 cm


Vincent Gachaga, Le Mans gulf 20, Painting

Vincent Gachaga

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


Yann Letestu, Vue Mer, Painting

Yann Letestu

Vue Mer, 2021
73 x 50 x 2 cm


Flow, Birds, Painting


Birds, 2020
100 x 100 x 4 cm


Nikolaos Schizas, Fluor Love, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

Fluor Love, 2021
87 x 63 cm


Francoise Augustine, Huginn, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Huginn, 2021
65 x 50 cm


Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens 10, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm


Marta Zawadzka, White rhythm, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

White rhythm, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm


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


Richard Poumelin, Doux Mirage, Painting

Richard Poumelin

Doux Mirage, 2020
80 x 80 x 4 cm

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


Yasna Godovanik, Love One Another, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Love One Another, 2021
100 x 70 x 2 cm


Andrzej Borowski, Stairs to the sky, Painting

Andrzej Borowski

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


Christine Barth Mroz, Urban graffitis, Painting

Christine Barth Mroz

Urban graffitis, 2021
120 x 80 cm


Macha Poynder, Labors of Love, Painting

Macha Poynder

Labors of Love, 2020
112 x 111 cm


Alec Franco, Opra, Painting

Alec Franco

Opra, 2021
150 x 100 x 0.3 cm


Jean-Philippe Berger, Géonimo II, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Géonimo II, 2021
60 x 60 x 3 cm


Michael Grine, Have we met before?, Painting

Michael Grine

Have we met before?, 2021
30.5 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm


Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1131, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1131, 2021
70 x 160 x 2 cm


Dominique Bour, Orée lol - série Paysage abstrait, Painting

Dominique Bour

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


Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
80 x 80 cm


Sara Jaskiewicz, Rings 27, Painting

Sara Jaskiewicz

Rings 27, 2010
100 x 100 cm


Yichao Sun, Under the rainbow, Painting

Yichao Sun

Under the rainbow, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm


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

Véronique Clanet

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


Dominique Heitz, Acidulés, Painting

Dominique Heitz

Acidulés, 2021
50 x 100 cm


Jordi Sàbat, Bellesa interior I, Painting

Jordi Sàbat

Bellesa interior I, 2021
30 x 30 cm


Irene Nelson, Untitled Red, Painting

Irene Nelson

Untitled Red, 2019
61 x 51 cm


Mireille Hottinger, N3-09-21, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N3-09-21, 2021
20 x 20 cm


JP Vergnaud, Sans titre 5, Painting

JP Vergnaud

Sans titre 5, 2021
130 x 97 x 2 cm


Arsen, Pop tomato, Painting


Pop tomato, 2021
66.5 x 41.5 x 5.5 cm

$1,023 $1,137

Vanessa De Angelis, Sans titre - série Montagnes, Painting

Vanessa De Angelis

Sans titre - série Montagnes, 2017
50 x 50 x 3.5 cm


Marianne Dencausse Robbe, Sous le vent, Painting

Marianne Dencausse Robbe

Sous le vent, 2021
100 x 65 cm


Stéphanie Calemard, Family Wax n°20, Painting

Stéphanie Calemard

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


Francine Cordier, Entre elles - série Silhouette de femmes, Painting

Francine Cordier

Entre elles - série Silhouette de femmes, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm


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