The first paintings, found in Spain, have been dated at 65,000 years old, suggesting they were created by Neanderthals. This shows that painting is one of the oldest art forms that exists.
Technically, a painting is a two-dimensional art form which is made up of layers of pigments applied onto a surface. The surface on which the pigment is applied varies from stone (used in the Paleolithic Age) to paper, wood, cloth and canvas.
As the surface of paintings differ, so do the materials used to create the pigments. During the Paleolithic Age coloured earths were used, followed by plant extracts and more recently synthetic colours.
There are many types of paintings, but amongst the well-known are oil, acrylic, pastel, spray paintings and watercolours.
Painting can play a key role within a collection it still holds that strength. The actual material of paint has something alchemical about it.
Maureen Pale – Director at Maureen Paley, London
Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook by Louisa Buck and Judith Greer, Cultureshock Media, 2006
Looking for galleries who stock this artform?
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Artifex, Unit 25 Mitchells Art & Craft Centre, Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 6NA
Workplace Foundation, 12 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4HZ
Southwark Park Galleries, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, London, London, SE16 2UA
Danby Lodge National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB
The Paragon Gallery, 4 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SW
The Customs House Gallery, Commercial Road, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9JD
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
45 Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RA
30 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Broughty Ferry Dundee, Angus, DD5 2BJ
First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 6QE