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
Diana, Princess of Wales
by Bryan Organ
by Humphrey Ocean
Leigh Bowery ('What is he trying to get at? Where does he want to go?')
by Stephen Willats
Queen Elizabeth II
by Michael Leonard
Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
by Don Bachardy
Derek Walcott ('The Sun Poet')
by Ross Wilson
Neil Kinnock; Glenys Kinnock
by Andrew Tift
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
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