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About Acrylic paintings
Styles of Acrylic Painting Acrylic paint is a form of synthetic resin that dries quickly and has both the bold, deep shine and gloss associated with oil painting and the bright transparency of watercolor. The paints are immensely flexible and easy to work with, making them a firm favorite with modern artists. Modern acrylic painting takes many forms. Due to its versatility, it can be mixed easily with other media, making abstract acrylic painting extremely popular. Realistic acrylic painting is also commonplace, as details are easy to pick out. Acrylic paint was only invented in the 1940s, so contemporary acrylic painting styles dominate. It was a hugely popular technique during the 1960s, and played a prominent role in Pop Art, Optical Art, and color field painting. Subjects in Acrylic Painting The main advantage of acrylic paint over oil paint is its fast-drying properties. It makes it incredibly versatile and portable, meaning that the subject matter of acrylic paintings is almost limitless! Acrylic flower painting is often favored by those new to the form, as flowers are a beautiful and colorful subject, brought to life with acrylic paint. Natural themes abound in acrylic painting due to how easy the paint is to work with, making landscapes, trees, the ocean, and mountains popular subjects. Due to the popularity of acrylic as a painting medium during the 60s and its influence on Pop Art, there is an array of famous acrylic paintings that use both hyper-realistic and deeply abstract subjects. Materials Used in Acrylic Painting Acrylic paint is an extraordinarily flexible medium and, depending on the dilution, can resemble gouache, oil painting, and even watercolor. The paint itself is a mixture of pigment and acrylic polymer emulsion, with various stabilizers and plasticizers to create a fast-drying effect. Acrylic painting on canvas is the most common form, but acrylic paint can bond with almost any surface or material. From paper and engineered wood to plastic and ceramics, colorful acrylic painting on a vast range of media is not unusual. Acrylic painting often uses mixed media to create exciting effects, using sand or rice mixed directly into the paint. Black and white acrylic painting can create dramatic contrasts and is often chosen for large canvases or blank walls. Famous Artists of Acrylic Paintings Due to the relative modernity of the style, most famous acrylic paintings date from the second half of the 20th century and onward. Acrylic painting had a significant influence on a variety of art forms from the 60s on, including Pop Art, Optical Art, and the Color Field Movement. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein used acrylic paint extensively in their work. Both Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland took advantage of the properties of acrylic to use the “soak-stain” effect in their color field paintings, and Morris Louis’s Unfurled series features some of the most ambitious acrylic works ever painted.