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FOUR GREAT
COLOUR MATERIALS

Highlights of artworks at the gallery's stockroom

OIL

Oil paints have been in popular use since the 15th century. Linseed and many different vegetable oils can be used to blend and create oil paints. Such colours are applied onto a primed canvas using palette knives or brushes made from natural animal hair. Oil paints take a longer time to dry than acrylic paints.

Sudarso, Seated Woman, 1992, oil on canvas, 120 x 76 cm.jpg
Andy Yang, Panoramic Orchestra Suite 1-Genesis, 2021, oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm.jpg

Andy Yang (Singapore)

Eric Chan, Lily glow, 2009, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.JPG

Acrylic is a water-based plastic gel that is used on primed canvas. This colour is easy to apply with a brush and not as expensive as oil paints. The advantage, and sometimes, the problem, of this medium is that it dries very quickly. As such, it does not lend itself well to layering. 

Eunice Napangadi (Australia)

ACRYLIC

Aboriginal artists, Eunice Napangati, Bush Banana, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 117 x 152 cm.j
Goh Beng Kwan, Chinatown, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 102 x 76 cm.jpg
Ang YianSann, Raining Today at the Garden of White Glory No.1, 2021, acrylic colours and C

Ang Yian Sann (Singapore)

INK

Ink is made from burning pine wood to obtain soot and mixed with glue. The application of ink on paper is dependent on the brush size, as well as the pressure and the speed of the artist's hand.

WATERCOLOUR

Watercolours are pigments extracted from animals, plants or minerals. Brushes made from natural animal hair are best for application of this medium on paper. The technique of watercolour is quite unforgiving as each application cannot be corrected nor hidden. The advantage is that its finish is translucent and colours can be blended to create stunning compositions.

4. UTSOTBT, chinese ink, charcoal, pastel, 38 x 53.5 cm, 2016 2.jpeg
Den Warnjing, Transplanting, 2020, Ink on sa-paper, 72 x 94 cm.jpg

Den Warnjing (Thailand)

Goh Beng Kwan, Mini Lotus Pond, 2016, watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm.jpg
Jo Darvall, Gascoyne River (red), 2020, watercolour on arches paper, 56 x 38 cm.jpg
Tian Mangzi, Ancient, 2012, ink on paper, 73 x 73 cm.jpg
Rudra Dev Sen, Sojurne, 2022, watercolour on paper, 47.5 x 56.5 cm w.jpg