Collage - Oil

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If you are a fan of the engaging artistic medium that is collage, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with our current collection of art collage pieces available to peruse and purchase from our website.

Discover our vast collection of original oil paintings for sale by independent artists from around the world. Add depth and excitement to your walls with an original oil artwork from Art2Arts. From canvas oil paintings ready to hang through to framed oil artwork.

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History of oil painting

Oil painting is one of the most difficult yet aesthetically pleasing art forms. The beautiful thing about it is that no two pieces ever look the same and that everyone has their own idea of what is considered engaging. Although oil paint has long been used to create artwork, oil painting as a technique did not gain popularity until the early fifteenth century. The process of creating oil paintings traditionally involved mixing pigments with drying oils like linseed oil, poppy seed oil and walnut oil, however today artists often use water miscible oil paint as it allows for a much faster drying time (usually between one to three days instead of one to three weeks). Artists use oil paints and oil painting techniques to create artwork covering a wide range of genres from abstract and art deco to figurative, expressionism and impressionism. Some of the world’s most famous oil paintings include Water Lilies by French Impressionist Claude Monet, Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci (arguably the best known painting in the world). The unique attraction and beauty of oil paintings is undeniable, making them perfect for adding a special touch to any room, in any home.

Oil painting technique

There is no doubt that oil painting is a diverse and popular genre, with artists able to adapt and adopt a variety of techniques to bring their visions to life. Before pigments and materials became widely available, artists used protein-based ingredients and animal fat as a binder to make their own oil paint and extracted colour sources from a wide range of medium, making it an inherently creative, fluid and highly visual style.  If you are looking to buy an oil painting online, it can be helpful to understand the many differing techniques used in oil paintings:

Technique 1 - Glazing: This popular technique was used by Vermeer in many of his works. Artists use glazing to build up many transparent layers, each applied over an opaque base layer on canvas. The subsequent colours are applied to the canvas and built up one atop the other, creating a beautiful multi-faceted look. The base layer or underpainting is usually done in a single colour. The upper layers are optically mixed and give a ‘shine through’ effect not possible by standard paint mixing alone.

Technique 2 - Chiaroscuro: Chiaroscuro was a technique adopted by many renaissance artists such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. These paintings offer a significant contrast between light and dark. This technique creates a 3D illusion and pushes the subject to the foreground.

Technique 3 - Blending: One of the beautiful features of oil paint is that it stays wet for days at a time. This means that artists can take their time blending colours and grinding pigments and create perfectly subtle hue and tonal transitions. The finished effect you can achieve by blending oil is unlike other mediums such as acrylic or watercolour, which are quick drying and force artists to work faster.

Technique 4 - Scumbling: Scumbling refers to the technique of using a dry, stiff brush and applying thin layers of paint to canvas. Artists such as Turner was a big fan of this technique. Scumbling paintings do not always have a smooth finish and often some of the under-painting remains exposed.

Technique 3 - Impasto: Van-Gough often used the Impasto technique in his artwork. These paintings feature purposeful strokes of thick paint. Each brush stroke is visible in the finished piece. Artists commonly mix colours directly on the canvas. Some oil paintings for sale in our store feature a combination of the Impasto technique and other styles in order to make the area more prominent in the piece.

Technique 4 - Alla Prima: This is a method of painting in layers without allowing the base layer to dry first. Another style popular with Van-Gogh and Monet. It creates a beautiful multi-layer soft finish.

Browse the full range of oil paintings for sale online to see examples of these techniques.

Buy collage art from Art2Arts

Collage paintings have long been a way for artists to express an opening up of their consciousness to the things that surround them and often have a real statement behind their creative process, so collage artwork has so much more to offer than just a visually striking piece to decorate your home.

Original art collage also tends to be vibrant using a rainbow of colours and materials such as photos and textures to tell a story that can be interpreted differently by all that view it, making them a real talking point in any home, office or even retail space.

When buying collage artwork, you know that you can trust Art2Arts to provide you with the latest artists from across Europe that use illustration, photos and a variety of traditional artistic techniques to create pieces that resonate and inspire.

With the ability to connect lovers of collage painting with the best up and coming artists, Art2Arts are proud to be ambassadors of the latest collage artwork and seek to engage with the freshest talent so that there's always something new and exciting to see on our website.

Furthermore, each piece available on the Arts2Arts website is 100% original and won't be found anywhere else, so you know that you'll receive a totally unique collage painting that contains one of a kind illustrations or photos when you place your order via our safe and secure website.

Simply choose the piece of art collage that speaks to you, and we'll arrange for your latest collage artwork purchase to be delivered directly to your door via our specialist artwork courier service.

For those looking to spread the cost of adding to their collage painting collection, we are also able to offer 0% finance arrangements that make owning exceptional pieces of artwork easier than ever before, so talk to the Art2Arts team today to find out more.

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