Highlights of artworks at the gallery's stockroom
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.
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.
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.
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.