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.
The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
by Leonard Rosoman
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by Bryan Organ
by Humphrey Ocean
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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
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by Ross Wilson
Neil Kinnock; Glenys Kinnock
by Andrew Tift
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