History. Acrylic.

Acrylic is the youngest generation in the family of professional art paints, which was born in the middle of the last century and forever changed the world. Artists are eternal experimenters who are constantly searching for the perfect subject, paint, tools, have become one of the main inspirers of creating a new paint that does not need careful preparation of the basis for painting, without complex rules for working with the paint itself, which has a bright, saturated colour that persists in the works for many years.
David Alfaro Siqueiros, "Portrait of the bourgeoisie" (Detail), 1939

David Alfaro Siqueiros, "Portrait of the bourgeoisie" (Detail), 1939

The history of acrylic painting.

The beginning of this story was laid by Mexican mural artists who began working with synthetic materials from the very beginning of the appearance of these materials. It was in Mexico that scientists were given the state task to invent paints with new unique properties that could be used in monumental painting not only indoors, but also on the facades of buildings. The discovery in the late 20s of the last century of a durable transparent plastic, which is known worldwide as plexiglass and the invention of a method for diluting solid polymer resins with solvents, led to the appearance of the first acrylic paints. But these paints were still very far from modern ones: they were made on the basis of organic solvents that have a pungent smell and negatively affect the preservation of colour. Therefore, they could not gain wide popularity.

And only in the early 60s it was possible to develop water-based acrylic. From that moment on, a new type of paint appeared, which does not need solvents, is quick-drying and durable. These advantages have been appreciated all over the world. 

As new generations of artists began their journey, experimented, introduced new ideas and approaches to painting, changed aesthetic standards, acrylic also changed, responding to new demands: the formulation was improved, the palette of colours expanded, new technological standards were developed and introduced. Modern acrylic is a universal paint that gives freedom of creativity without limiting strict rules. 

The key characteristics of acrylic that brought him such popularity were versatility, a vivid rich palette of colours, amazing adhesion, water solubility and strength of the coating. Adhesion, the ability of paint particles to cling to any non-greasy surface, freed from the need for a long and complex preparation of the basis for painting, the water solubility and strength of the coating made the workflow comfortable and safe for health, and the result is durable. Versatility, a wide palette of colours and vivid deep shades gave unlimited creative possibilities. 

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