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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      Flores de Papel

      Paintings - 40x30cm

      Blue Light

      Paintings - 145x111cmRent for £ 393/mo

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      Paintings - 90x80cmRent for £ 209/mo

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      Paintings - 76x102cm

      More Amore

      Paintings - 32x38cmRent for £ 1,261/mo

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      Paintings - 90x80cmRent for £ 239/mo

      Huangshan Diptych

      Paintings - 102x203cm

      Anima: From the Daughters of Men Series

      Paintings - 182x152cmRent for £ 946/mo

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      Paintings - 50x50cmRent for £ 120/mo

      Þverárfjall

      Paintings - 40x50cmRent for £ 38/mo

      Cluster

      Paintings - 80x90cmRent for £ 209/mo

      Lenin-Worm

      Paintings - 100x80cmRent for £ 126/mo

      Eilean Donan Castle with Loch Alsh

      Paintings - 100x120cmRent for £ 407/mo

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      Paintings - 101x76cmRent for £ 81/mo

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      Paintings - 38x50cm

      The Edge of Town

      Paintings - 80x100cmRent for £ 180/mo

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      Paintings - 61x51cm

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      Paintings - 61x51cm

      Studio

      Paintings - 25x20cmRent for £ 53/mo

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      Paintings - 30x30cmRent for £ 53/mo

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      Paintings - 50x80cm

      New Arrival 2020

      Paintings - 17x33cmRent for £ 1,261/mo

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      Paintings - 70x70cmRent for £ 69/mo

      The Witness

      Paintings - 80x122cm

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      Paintings - 30x30cmRent for £ 54/mo

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      Paintings - 25x38cmRent for £ 78/mo

      Dog in a Manger

      Paintings - 33x38cmRent for £ 1,050/mo

      Uncle Buck

      Paintings - 50x40cmRent for £ 51/mo

      Catherine (Variant ii)

      Paintings - 16x16cmRent for £ 34/mo