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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Paintings

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Rico Sab, Be Free, Painting

Rico Sab

Be Free, 2021
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$313

Our recommendations Sophie Petetin, Une course de folie, Painting

Sophie Petetin

Une course de folie, 2021
27.6 x 23.6 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,802

Marian Williams, Poles Apart 1, Painting

Marian Williams

Poles Apart 1, 2021
18.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$542

Liora, Lumière, Painting

Liora

Lumière, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$603

Cope2, Bronx King, Painting

Cope2

Bronx King, 2021
6.3 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$723

Jéko, Sand, Painting

Jéko

Sand, 2021
16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,145

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

M.Chat

L'heure de la sieste, 2021
42.5 x 42.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$10,245

JonOne, Everything going to be find, Painting

JonOne

Everything going to be find, 2018
59.1 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Ronald Hunter, Traffic Pink, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Traffic Pink, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$916

Onemizer, Aladdin, Painting

Onemizer

Aladdin, 2020
25.6 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,435

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Arlequins, arlequines, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Arlequins, arlequines, 2018
19.7 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,170

L'Atlas, Purple midnight, Painting

L'Atlas

Purple midnight, 2020
59.1 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Pierre Fillastre, N226, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N226, 2020
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

Sold

Nathanael Koffi, Red carpet, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Red carpet, 2021
17.5 x 12.6 x 1.7 inch
Painting

$844

Stoz, Spray Stoz 2, Painting

Stoz

Spray Stoz 2, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch
Painting

Sold

Gina Vor, Abstract No 17, Painting

Gina Vor

Abstract No 17, 2021
11.6 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$121

Jo Di Bona, Monrobay queen, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Monrobay queen, 2021
31.5 x 16.5 x 2.4 inch
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Jana & JS, I Get Lost Sometimes, Painting

Jana & JS

I Get Lost Sometimes, 2021
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,205

Daru, Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,446

Spaco, Wonder Woman, Painting

Spaco

Wonder Woman, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$133

Claude Viallat, 414, Painting

Claude Viallat

414, 2019
52 x 28 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$15,428

Âme Sauvage, Œuvre galactique, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Œuvre galactique, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,049

Zenoy, Chrome Angel, Painting

Zenoy

Chrome Angel, 2021
31.9 x 8.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,170

Joanna Glazer, Magical Meetings, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Magical Meetings, 2018
35.4 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$239 $476

Hom Nguyen, Woman, Painting

Hom Nguyen

Woman, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

10,000 - $ 15,000

Joanna Glazer, Blue Bird of Paradise, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Blue Bird of Paradise, 2015
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$239 $476

Maite Diniz, La barque, Painting

Maite Diniz

La barque, 2019
23.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$783

Yichao Sun, Bleu I, Painting

Yichao Sun

Bleu I, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$723

Virginia Benedicto, L'artiste, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

L'artiste, 2021
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,219

Shelby, Follow My Art, Painting

Shelby

Follow My Art, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,820 $3,134

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé, Sans titre, Painting

Goulwen (Leyto) Mahé

Sans titre, 2014
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,989

Manuela Karin Knaut, Reflections, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

Reflections, 2021
78.7 x 55.1 inch
Painting

$7,621

Lady Pink, Coral Pink, Painting

Lady Pink

Coral Pink, 2021
36 x 26 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$4,701

Marie-Edmée Séguin, Croquis, Painting

Marie-Edmée Séguin

Croquis, 2012
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Painting

$482

Duster, Untitled, Painting

Duster

Untitled, 2013
41.5 x 53 inch
Painting

$7,834

Noze, Graffiti Wall #25, Painting

Noze

Graffiti Wall #25, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,928

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

Andrew Weir

The sleepless nites of a landlocked cosmonaut, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Painting

$964

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1123, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1123, 2021
23.6 x 63 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,772

Silvia Calmejane, Magic Life, Painting

Silvia Calmejane

Magic Life, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,906

Noir Artist, Contemplation - Paz, Painting

Noir Artist

Contemplation - Paz, 2021
59.1 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,629

Jérôme Mesnager, 93, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

93, 2018
63 x 35 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$5,424

Tommaso Fattovich, Bloom, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Bloom, 2021
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$9,879

Mireille Hottinger, N2, Painting

Mireille Hottinger

N2, 2021
5.1 x 5.1 inch
Painting

$235

Kirill Postovit, In The Forest Of A Dream, Painting

Kirill Postovit

In The Forest Of A Dream, 2021
63 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,820

David Ferreira, Mikatoto Jaune, Painting

David Ferreira

Mikatoto Jaune, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,290

Istraille, Pelshery, Painting

Istraille

Pelshery, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$1,181

Yasna Godovanik, Desert Becomes Heaven With You, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Desert Becomes Heaven With You, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,507

Shake, Nobody Likes Me (Banksy Tribute), Painting

Shake

Nobody Likes Me (Banksy Tribute), 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$705 $783

Paco Roum, You are Rock ! Baby, Painting

Paco Roum

You are Rock ! Baby, 2021
25.6 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,145

Jean-Philippe Berger, The sunny girl, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

The sunny girl, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$904

Marie-Dominique Willemot, A la Folie, Painting

Marie-Dominique Willemot

A la Folie, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$1,073

Benjamin David, Birkhan, Painting

Benjamin David

Birkhan, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,254

Alain Mimouni, Amen, Painting

Alain Mimouni

Amen, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,495

Alexander Daniloff, Pic nic, Painting

Alexander Daniloff

Pic nic, 2006
12.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$564 $627

Marta Zawadzka, In the garden, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

In the garden, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,290

Alea Pinar Du Pre, Maria, Painting

Alea Pinar Du Pre

Maria, 2021
23.2 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,013

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

François-Régis Lemonnier

Un soir au bout du monde, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$904

Rafael Sliks, Untitled, Painting

Rafael Sliks

Untitled, 2021
46.9 x 46.9 x 2 inch
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Séverine Solcourt, Go Smiley, Painting

Séverine Solcourt

Go Smiley, 2021
55.1 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,701

MNFF, Donald Super Star, Painting

MNFF

Donald Super Star, 2021
24 x 22.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,772

Jonathan Pradillon, Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Matrice or orange rouge grise iridescente, 2021
31.5 x 15.7 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$205

Nikolaos Schizas, From Asia with love!, Painting

Nikolaos Schizas

From Asia with love!, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$4,657

Michel Castanet (Mica), N°800, Painting

Michel Castanet (Mica)

N°800, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,411

Ian Philip, Skate business Vador II, Painting

Ian Philip

Skate business Vador II, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,193

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