What is an acrylic painting

The acrylic painting is the painting painted with acrylic paints, i.e. acrylic colors, in other words a medium is the acrylic paint. Acrylic paints, i.e. acrylic colors were invented in the 30’s of the 20th century. They are synthetic colors/paints, i.e. pigments are mixed with acrylic polymers.

The biggest development of acrylic colors was in the 50’s and the 60’s of the 20th century. Acrylic paints were used by such the artists as Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and many other. When you go to the museum or the art gallery next to the painting is always a small description that states: author, technique, size… Acrylic paintings are described as ‘acrylic on canvas, ‘acrylique sur toile’, ‘acrylic on paper’, ‘acrylique sur papier’ , ‘peinture acrylique’, etc.

Nowadays acrylic paints are still under development and they are many kinds of them. Most of producers who produce artistic paints produce acrylic paints as well, for instance Talens, Maimeri, Windsor & Newton, etc.

It is possible to paint with them on any surface and material, ie canvas, paper, cardboard, wood, etc. In order to paint acrylic colors are to be diluted with water or special acrylic medium. Acrylic paint/colors dry pretty fast, a few hours and it is ready. After the painting is finished it needs to be covered with acrylic varnish in order to protect it against mechanical damages, sun exposure and dust .

acrylic on canvas – example