Oil, Acrylic paintings & Mixed Media

Paintings are usually referred to in terms of the medium used. Oils on canvas or board remain the most commonly seen works on the market but many modern artists have favoured acrylics or combinations of different paints.


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Graduation oil painting by artist who worked on Diaghilev set designs soars to six figures

06 April 2020

An early work by Boris Anisfeld titled 'Adam and Eve' made one of the highest prices in the Russian paintings and works of art auction at Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) in New York

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Auction record set for British ‘society’ portraitist Ambrose McEvoy at Dreweatts

06 April 2020

Artist battles back to regain favour with auctioneers, private buyers and dealers

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Exotic touch to anniversary auction with Australian picture at Surrey sale

30 March 2020

An early coastal scene of Australia sold for more than five times its top estimate to an online buyer from New South Wales at Ewbank’s anniversary sale.

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Traveller ends up in Cornwall

30 March 2020

The Limerick-born painter Norman Garstin (1847-1926) was an engineer, architect, and a diamond prospector before he settled on art as a career.

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The joys of a simple life from William Conor

30 March 2020

Irish painter William Conor (1881-1968) received many official commissions during a prolific artistic career, including from King George V, but it was his warm and sympathetic portrayals of working-class life in Ulster that are best known today.

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Cuneo captures the last of steam

30 March 2020

Painting of Evening Star reflects end of an era as coal-fired locomotives started to hit the buffers.

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Portraits of mystery young women catch the eye in auctions

23 March 2020

Two alluring early-20th century British school portraits of attractive young women caught the eye in recent regional sales. Both modestly estimated, they brought similar four-figure sums.

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Sybil Atteck labourer works well to sell

09 March 2020

This portrait study is by Sybil Atteck (1911-75), a pioneering artist in Trinidad and Tobago of Chinese descent known for her work in watercolour.

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Dutch marine painting outstrips estimate in New York

09 March 2020

The big result in Doyle's (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master Paintings and Drawings sale in New York was the portrait of Pauline Bonaparte Napoleon’s sister by Marie-Victoire Lemoine pictured in ATG No 2429 that sold for $310,000 (£238,700), an auction high for the artist.

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Geoffroy shows his touch of class

09 March 2020

The artist Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy (1853-1924), known as ‘Géo’, was a member of the French Naturalist movement and was best known for his paintings of Parisian children and daily urban life.

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No dispute over its quality

09 March 2020

Included in a recent sale of American and European paintings and works of art sale at Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston was this 7¼x 12¾in (19 x 32.5cm) oil on copper painting, 'The Dispute'.

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Flemish artist takes the long view

02 March 2020

It is safe to say that the canvas 'Panorama of the River Scheldt with the Silhouette of Antwerp', executed by the Flemish artist Mathieu Ignace van Bree (1773-1839) in the late 18th century, will not be the most expensive painting sold in Germany this year.

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Folk art dealer Robert Young offers his own naïve-style artwork

02 March 2020

Dealer Robert Young is taking bids on a work of folk art of his own creation.

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Karl Hofer expresses himself at Taunton auction

02 March 2020

This late drawing by Karl Hofer (1878-1955), the German Expressionist painter who was branded a creator of ‘degenerate art’ by the Nazis, was one of dozens consigned by his family to Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Swiss painter Marius Borgeaud offers paws for thought

02 March 2020

Marius Borgeaud (1861-1924) was one of several Swiss painters working in Paris around the turn of the 20th century.

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London dealer offers trio of top Victorian paintings

24 February 2020

Three oils by Victorian greats Frederic Lord Leighton, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais are coming to market in London.

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Miniature chair and huge ox add up to big prices

24 February 2020

The Gentleman’s Library Sale at Bonhams on February 12-13 included a miniature William and Mary or Queen Anne walnut armchair standing 21in (53cm) high).

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Painter portrays a lover

24 February 2020

This early-20th century portrait by Ronald Ossory Dunlop (1894-1973) depicts the actor and artist Jean Shepeard (1904-89).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 February 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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