Painting with acrylics is one of the youngest painting techniques. How does it differ from oil painting, watercolour or gouache? Why is it so popular today? What advantages does it have over other techniques? We answer these and other questions.
What is the history on acrylic drawing?
If a person wants to paint, they’re sure to find a way to do it! Ancient people used mineral pigments, plant and animal materials for cave painting and achieved stunning effects. For thousands of years, artists have been perfecting the technology: grinding stones, grinding plants to powder, burning wood and bone, trying different oils and varnishes… In the 20th century progress in chemistry, namely in the synthesis of polymers – the so-called polyacrylates – led to the creation of acrylic paints. In the 1940s, they started to be used in finishing works in the USA and were immediately tried out by artists. The first acrylics, however, were diluted with turpentine, which has a pungent smell and is toxic. The development of water-soluble acrylic in the 1960s was a real revolution. Painters and interior designers got an inexpensive, easy-to-work with a rich palette.
What is acrylic drawing as a type of technic
Acrylics are more practical than oil paints because they can be used to paint on canvas, wood, paper, fabric, ceramics and metal. Acrylics can be easily mixed with watercolour or gouache. But unlike these “delicate” materials, acrylics do not need to be protected with glass, and the paint forms a resistant coating when dry. Acrylics can be translucent like watercolours or pastose like oil and gouache, they retain their colour well and are very durable. Today acrylic paint art can be bought at any store that sells art supplies.
Famous acrylic painters
American muralists José Orozco, David Siqueiros and Diego Rivera were among the first to use acrylics, as they covered large surfaces perfectly and dried very quickly. The abstract expressionists were also fans of acrylic, for example, many of Mark Rothko’s famous works are spectacular, colourful acrylic painting. The proliferation of paints has been explosive, with more and more artists exploring their possibilities. The Colombian-American artist Fanny Sanín, Italians Alberto Burri and Giorgio Griffa, the French Victor Vasarely, Germans Hans Hartung and Sigmar Polke, the Pole Roman Opalka… Their acrylic art pieces are sold at the most famous auctions for tens or 100’s of thousands euros.
What are acrylic artworks can be?
The artists listed above have worked in many different styles of fine art. Today, the range of possibilities for acrylic is almost endless. The main advantage of acrylics is that they have no technological limits and are completely submissive to the will of the artist. They are used to create:
- large abstract acrylic paintings, murals
- realistic, surrealistic and other style paintings
- objects, sculptures, installations
- copyright paintings on fabric
- original dolls
- ceramics and porcelain paintings
Acrylic drawing in Eastern Europe
Some countries in Eastern Europe got to know acrylics rather late. In the USSR, for example, artists traditionally painted with oil paints on canvas, gouache and watercolour on paper. In recent decades, all Eastern European masters have successfully worked with acrylics in different genres, combining them with other colours. Acrylics, however, retain their reputation as a relatively new material and provoke experimentation.
Acrylic paintings on G.ART Gallery
The Eastern European artists with whom the G.ART online platform collaborates demonstrate their fluency in acrylic painting. There are original works for sale in acrylics in a wide genre range: portrait, nude, landscape, still life, animalism and more. Contemporary artists create wonderful worlds, moving between different styles and eras with the power of their imagination. All artists in G.ART Gallery are experienced professionals, and therefore the high quality of their works is guaranteed. Each example is unique!
How to choose acrylic painted artwork
The advantages of the online gallery: a large range of acrylic works, careful selection by experts, purchase support and online advice, including on colour range.
Before you choose and purchase an acrylic painting for yourself:
- decide in which interior it will be placed,
- which range is most suitable?,
- which style, genre and subject matter is closest to you.
You might like several works by the same artist, in which case you can build up a unique collection of paintings.
How to buy acrylic painting?
If you are wondering “where can i buy acrylic paints?”, the G.ART platform answers: “buy your artwork here – quickly and comfortably“. Buying on our online platform is easy. Convenient payment methods, fast order processing and delivery by reliable transport companies are all guaranteed by the gallery’s team. Acrylic paintings do not require any special shipping conditions, they will be securely packed and protected from damage.