Oil Paintings For Sale

Discover our collection of contemporary oil paintings for sale today. We sell hundreds of exclusive artworks to purchase from our online gallery, whether you are interested in buying a painting inspired by the old Renaissance masters or a contemporary abstract piece. Showcasing oil paintings from some of the most exciting oil painters of today, we have an array of artworks spanning from abstract to art deco, and from figurative to surreal. Explore today and find the perfect new oil painting for your home.

About Our Oil Painters

Paul Bennett's oil paintings portray abstract landscapes and seascapes. Influenced by the Impressionists’ artistic style and use of colour to capture light and space in nature, Bennett’s method of painting by memory transforms natural landscapes as seen in Setting Sun 1 (2018) to beautifully sensual and expressive pieces.

The colour fluidity of Fintan Whelan's Redemption (2019) is an excellent choice for those who are looking to own a contemporary oil painting. Whelan’s ability to combine colour pigment with oils and varnishes enables him to paint with sleek brushstrokes creating a harmonious expression on the canvas.

Lee Ellis’s figures are contorted, often completely faceless. They strike the viewer with a deep light/shadow contrast, bursts of pure colour, and a real emotional intensity that is sometimes troubling. The artist works across various media (paint, charcoal, block print) but the ghostly confrontation of his portraits pervades each material. Take a look at Lee’s work Surprise Party For 1 and Counterfeit Ice Cream Vendor.

Techniques and Process of Oil Painting

Oil paint consists of colour pigment bound by oil (traditionally linseed oil), to create a mixture that can cover a variety of surfaces, such as wood, paper and canvas. As oil paint requires exposure to oxygen to dry, the process of drying is slow, which allows artists to work with the paint for a longer period of time, blending and layering colour. These effects can create richness of colours, shades and textures, creating greater artistic freedom for artists to experiment with different subject matter and styles.

History of Oil Painting

Oil painting is considered the most widely used medium in the western world’s art history. For over five hundred years, the masters of European art have used oil paint to produce some of the most prolific pieces of art in the world. Evidence has shown that oil painting originated in Northern Europe during the early 15th century. Flemish artist Jan van Eyck discovered the effects of painting with oil mixtures on wooden panels to create ground-breaking illusionist techniques in his artwork. Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434) illustrates an Italian merchant and his wife, believed to be situated in their home in Bruges. This domestic double portrait began with underlying drawings followed by layers of oil paint, with van Eyck reworking his sitters, the room and objects until satisfied.

The development of the canvas enabled Italian Renaissance artists to develop their oil-based artwork on a larger scale. Traditional oil painting never went out of fashion, even though artistic styles and subjects changed drastically since the Renaissance. The 19th century saw the emergence of artistic movements such as Impressionism, which radically broke from classical art conventions. The Impressionists heavily influenced numerous Avant Garde movements at the beginning of the 20th century. Art movements such as Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism were pioneered by modern masters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, who continued to push artistic boundaries.

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      Primary Blue

      Paintings - 102x137cm

      Street Cricket at Trinity Buoy Wharf

      Paintings - 110x130cmRent for £ 85/mo

      Immie 2

      Paintings - 30x30cmRent for £ 53/mo

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      Paintings - 25x20cmRent for £ 53/mo

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      Paintings - 21x21cm

      The Memories of Others

      Paintings - 62x80cmRent for £ 280/mo

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      Paintings - 50x50cmRent for £ 66/mo

      Huangshan Diptych

      Paintings - 102x203cm

      Blue Adagio

      Paintings - 100x120cmRent for £ 239/mo

      The Center of Chaos

      Paintings - 76x76cmRent for £ 129/mo

      We Move Lightly

      Paintings - 42x62cmRent for £ 225/mo

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      Paintings - 92x92cmRent for £ 120/mo

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      Paintings - 35x28cmRent for £ 106/mo

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      Paintings - 121x94cm

      Chair

      Paintings - 50x50cmRent for £ 57/mo

      New Arrival 2020

      Paintings - 17x33cmRent for £ 1,261/mo

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      Paintings - 41x31cm

      Cluster

      Paintings - 80x90cmRent for £ 209/mo

      Mechanical Man

      Paintings - 33x39cmRent for £ 1,261/mo

      Monument (Observers)

      Paintings - 41x31cm

      Universal Fragments, Abstract

      Paintings - 45x30cmRent for £ 68/mo

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      Paintings - 90x80cmRent for £ 158/mo

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      Paintings - 75x75cm

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      Paintings - 76x76cmRent for £ 78/mo

      Hold Us Still While Everyone Spins

      Paintings - 100x140cmRent for £ 102/mo

      Water lily

      Paintings - 150x150cmRent for £ 169/mo

      All Summer in a Day

      Paintings - 120x180cmRent for £ 505/mo

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      Paintings - 60x60cmRent for £ 84/mo

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      Paintings - 70x80cmRent for £ 120/mo

      ID #11-1

      Paintings - 91x91cm