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 art from some of the most exciting oil painters of today, we have an array of paintings spanning from abstract to art deco, and from figurative to surreal. Explore today and find the perfect new oil painting for your home.…

About the artists

Paul Bennett's artworks 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.

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. Artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo painted with oil to master the technique of depicting anatomically-correct figures. The development of this skill inspired them to create large-scale paintings depicting epic historical and mythological scenes. Other artists, such as Leonardo Di Vinci, used oil painting to develop the artistic technique of blurring details to create greater levels of depth, as seen in his work of The Last Supper (1498) and the Mona Lisa (1503-1507).

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. During the mid-late 19th century, artists including J.M.W Turner, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne used oil paint to convey fleeting scenes of modern life. Brushwork remained thin, rapid and broken to present vivid colours that captured the process of transient and momentary light of the outdoors, as seen in Monet’s Water Lilies series (1840-1926).

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. Picasso’s use of oil paint in his controversial painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) transformed the depiction of the classical nude. Influenced by Iberian and African cultures, Picasso’s oil painting depicts sharp geometric shapes and block colour to explore dangerous and primitive sexuality. As a result of this experimentation, the piece has been credited with altering the history of the classical nude and the artistic representation of sexuality.

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