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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, Alice au pays de Chanel, Painting

Daru

Alice au pays de Chanel, 2021
113 x 73 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,606

M.Chat, Les amoureux, Painting

M.Chat

Les amoureux, 2021
50 x 65 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,103

Shelby, Love street art, Painting

Shelby

Love street art, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,227

Ralph Resch, Zone vierge, Painting

Ralph Resch

Zone vierge, 2020
100 x 81 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,055

Our recommendations Frédérique Barba, Untitled 89, Painting

Frédérique Barba

Untitled 89, 2021
146 x 97 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,234

Ronald Hunter, Triangle Traffic I, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Triangle Traffic I, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,227

Virginia Benedicto, Frida Love, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

Frida Love, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,365

Jean-Philippe Berger, 007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, 2021
50 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$621

Stratos, Ribambelle, Painting

Stratos

Ribambelle, 2021
55 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,089

DN, Surf Picsou Hermès 2, Painting

DN

Surf Picsou Hermès 2, 2020
92 x 52 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,353

Erró, Fragments Of Silver, Painting

Erró

Fragments Of Silver, 2012
89 x 130 x 3 cm
Painting

$15,514

Nathanael Koffi, Voyage, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Voyage, 2021
65 x 100 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,576

Liora, Portoferraio, Painting

Liora

Portoferraio, 2021
30 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$621

David Ferreira, Toto, Painting

David Ferreira

Toto, 2019
100 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,613

Speedy Graphito, Rencontre Impromptue, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Rencontre Impromptue, 2020
76 x 56 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,549

Marian Williams, Queen of Camouflage 12, Painting

Marian Williams

Queen of Camouflage 12, 2016
30 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$223 $248

Olivier DeGroote, Skateboard Deck LV Louis Vuitton Color biface, Painting

Olivier DeGroote

Skateboard Deck LV Louis Vuitton Color biface, 2021
81 x 21 x 1 cm
Painting

$683

David Jehan (B.boss), Banc de poissons 6, Painting

David Jehan (B.boss)

Banc de poissons 6, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$856

CharlElie Couture, East Side 1st Ave, Painting

CharlElie Couture

East Side 1st Ave, 2019
50 x 40 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,296

Antonino Puliafico, Primi fiori, Painting

Antonino Puliafico

Primi fiori, 2021
180 x 240 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$7,323

Gabriela Lavezzari, Vivace, Painting

Gabriela Lavezzari

Vivace, 2021
190 x 220 x 1 cm
Painting

$7,385

Martin, Amy, Painting

Martin

Amy, 2017
90 x 90 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,055

Antony Squizzato, Yogi bird, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Yogi bird, 2021
80 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,730

Ivan Tzonev, Selo, Painting

Ivan Tzonev

Selo, 2019
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$807

Antoine Josse, Le Secret des Bois, Painting

Antoine Josse

Le Secret des Bois, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm
Painting

< $ 2,500

Dr. Love, Rebel love, Painting

Dr. Love

Rebel love, 2021
30 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$122

Gina Vor, Black Art 8, Abstrait Noir 8, Painting

Gina Vor

Black Art 8, Abstrait Noir 8, 2020
30 x 21 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$124

Yaroslava Neli Shai, Adriana, Painting

Yaroslava Neli Shai

Adriana, 2021
110 x 90 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,569 $2,855

JM Robert, Urban Face 4, Painting

JM Robert

Urban Face 4, 2021
100 x 81 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,723

Alexandra Battezzati, Petit arbre orange sur fond noir, Painting

Alexandra Battezzati

Petit arbre orange sur fond noir, 2019
35 x 35 x 3 cm
Painting

$856

Béatrice Terra, En attendant Yvette, Painting

Béatrice Terra

En attendant Yvette, 2021
92 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,482

David Jamin, Amour, Painting

David Jamin

Amour, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,475

JPx, Les 3 voiliers, Painting

JPx

Les 3 voiliers, 2021
40 x 20 x 3 cm
Painting

$186

Stoz, F 123, Painting

Stoz

F 123, 2021
60 x 30 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$174

Hildegarde Handsaeme, Maurice II, Painting

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Maurice II, 2021
50 x 65 x 1 cm
Painting

$596

Jérôme Mesnager & Artiste Ouvrier, Sécession, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager & Artiste Ouvrier

Sécession, 2020
27.1 x 35.2 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,117 $1,241

Cross Magri, Mickey thinks, Painting

Cross Magri

Mickey thinks, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,738

Thierry Zdzieblo, ZDZ1122, Painting

Thierry Zdzieblo

ZDZ1122, 2021
100 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,986

Tommaso Fattovich, Stracciare, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Stracciare, 2021
137.16 x 274.32 cm
Painting

$11,463

2flui, Un Cœur à Honfleur, Painting

2flui

Un Cœur à Honfleur, 2017
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,723

Julien Calot, The bushman and the american couple, Painting

Julien Calot

The bushman and the american couple, 2018
104 x 75 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$4,716

Edu Danesi, Dirty Rock, Painting

Edu Danesi

Dirty Rock, 2021
111 x 98 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,606

Psyckoze, Over the Top, Painting

Psyckoze

Over the Top, 2020
70 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$6,206

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Sirène, Painting

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Sirène, 2020
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$819

Xiu, Paysages 218, Painting

Xiu

Paysages 218, 2020
50 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$683

Nacks, Mr Monop'pollie, Painting

Nacks

Mr Monop'pollie, 2020
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,303

Cédrix Crespel, Close, Painting

Cédrix Crespel

Close, 2020
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$6,826

Jana & JS, Take me anywhere, Painting

Jana & JS

Take me anywhere, 2021
30 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,365

Raluca Vulcan, Diner en famille à Aix, Painting

Raluca Vulcan

Diner en famille à Aix, 2021
81 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,723

Florence Dussuyer, Valpinçon, Painting

Florence Dussuyer

Valpinçon, 2020
180 x 350 x 4 cm
Painting

$27,305

Pierre Fillastre, N°404, Painting

Pierre Fillastre

N°404, 2021
40 x 50 cm
Painting

$385

Alec Monopoly, Ski Dollars, Painting

Alec Monopoly

Ski Dollars, 2016
122 x 96 x 5 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

KiKo, Balloon Girl Hermès, Painting

KiKo

Balloon Girl Hermès, 2021
50 x 70 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,097

Jérôme Mesnager, Bachata (Réf. 55), Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

Bachata (Réf. 55), 2021
73 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,296

Olivier Debré, Ocre foncé de Touraine, Painting

Olivier Debré

Ocre foncé de Touraine, 1990
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

Muriel Charbonnier, La Machine, Painting

Muriel Charbonnier

La Machine, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,867

Estelle Barbet, Bientôt demain, Painting

Estelle Barbet

Bientôt demain, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$2,048

H-Nguyen, Growing Flowers, Painting

H-Nguyen

Growing Flowers, 2020
95 x 95 cm
Painting

$1,415

Âme Sauvage, Objet d'un autre monde, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Objet d'un autre monde, 2021
30 x 40 x 0.3 cm
Painting

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Maryse Chatron Kriloff, L'appel de la montagne, Painting

Maryse Chatron Kriloff

L'appel de la montagne, 2021
50 x 70 cm
Painting

$1,142

Payu Napaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Payu Napaltjarri

Sans titre, 2017
107 x 28 cm
Painting

$2,482

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Boy G., Painting

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Boy G., 2020
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$720

Spaco, King Basquiat JMB, Painting

Spaco

King Basquiat JMB, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$211

JonOne, Skateboard, Painting

JonOne

Skateboard, 2020
20 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

< $ 2,500

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