The History of Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is now a popular material widely used in the art world due to its many positive qualities, as it is affordable, non-toxic, water based and quick-drying. However it is a relatively new painting medium, in comparison to oil or watercolour paints. It is widely recognised that the compounds for acrylic paint were firstContinue reading “The History of Acrylic Paint”

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. Saville is a contemporary British painter and an original member of the Young British Artists. She is well known for her large-scale painted depictions of nude women. Saville gained her degree at the Glasgow School of Art in 1992, and went on to study women’s studies at the UniversityContinue reading “Jenny Saville”

Robert Priseman

Robert Priseman was born in Derbyshire in 1965, and currently lives and works in Essex. Priseman is a British artist, collector, writer, curator and publisher . Priseman began his career painting portraits, of which his sitters include the Dalai Lama, Phil Collins, Jeremy Paxman and Cardinal Basil Hume. However Priseman later moved on from portrait paintingContinue reading “Robert Priseman”

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in 1775 in London and was a British painter, printmaker and water-colourist. Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at age 15. He had an expansive art career producing 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 worksContinue reading “Joseph Mallord William Turner”

Charles Avery

Charles Avery was born in 1973 in Oban, and lives and works in London. Avery studied a foundation course at Chelsea College of Art in London, but he is largely self-taught as an artist. Avery has become internationally famous for the extensive drawings, paintings and writings about his imaginary island he has invented. His workContinue reading “Charles Avery”

Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert was born in 1860 in Munich, Germany and was a British painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group of Post-Impressionist artists in early 20th-century London. Sickert was well known for his subtle use of colour, paintings of interiors, city streets and nudes. Sickert studied at the University CollegeContinue reading “Walter Sickert”

Jean-Édouard Vuillard

Jean-Édouard Vuillard was born in 1868 in Cuiseaux, France and was a French painter, decorative artist and printmaker, and is particularly well known for his intimate interior scenes. Vuillard joined a group of art students whilst studying at Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, between 1886-88, the group were called the Nabis (Hebrew forContinue reading “Jean-Édouard Vuillard”

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler was born in 1834, Massachusetts, America. Whistler was a painter, primarily based in the United Kingdom, who was known to be averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and he was a leading advocate for ‘art for art’s sake’. Whistler also spent time in France and Russia during his career,Continue reading “James Abbott McNeill Whistler”

Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins was born in 1799, in Tonbridge, Kent, and she was an English botanist and photographer. Atkins’ father was a respected scientist, and through him, Atkins was introduced to William Henry Fox Talbot and the astronomer and chemist Sir John Herschel, where Atkins learned of the photographic process which was only then being invented. Atkins was particularlyContinue reading “Anna Atkins”

George Shaw

George Shaw was born in 1966 in Coventry, and is well known for his realistic depictions of banal spaces in the English suburbs. Shaw studied at Sheffield Polytechnic and Royal College of Art, London. Humbrol Enamel paints are the medium of choice for Shaw, and he particularly focuses on suburban environments, with graffiti, and litterContinue reading “George Shaw”