Acrylic

A paint made with a synthetic acrylic resin, quick-drying and usually water-based. First used in the 1940s, it combines some of the properties of oil and watercolour and can be used to create a variety of effects from thin washes to thick brushwork. Although it behaves like oil paint when wet it doesn't give the same rich translucency.

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The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts, by Leonard Rosoman, 1979-1984 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
by Leonard Rosoman
1979-1984
NPG 5740

Diana, Princess of Wales, by Bryan Organ, 1981 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Diana, Princess of Wales
by Bryan Organ
1981
NPG 5408

Philip Larkin, by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon), 1984 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip Larkin
by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
1984
NPG 5746

Queen Elizabeth II, by Michael Leonard, 1985-1986 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II
by Michael Leonard
1985-1986
NPG 5861

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett, by Martin Rose, 1989 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
1989
NPG 6043

James Ivory, by Don Bachardy, 1996 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Ivory
by Don Bachardy
1996
NPG 6372

Derek Walcott (

Derek Walcott ('The Sun Poet')
by Ross Wilson
1997
NPG 6400

Neil Kinnock; Glenys Kinnock, by Andrew Tift, 2001 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Neil Kinnock; Glenys Kinnock
by Andrew Tift
2001
NPG 6583

Alfred Brendel, by Tony Bevan, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alfred Brendel
by Tony Bevan
2005
NPG 6720

Johnson Gideon Beharry, by Emma Wesley, 2006 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Johnson Gideon Beharry
by Emma Wesley
2006
NPG 6803

Paul Nurse (

Paul Nurse ('Paul')
by Jason Brooks
2008
NPG 6837

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