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Impasto

Thickly applied paint used when painting with oil or acrylic. The paint is applied with a brush, knife or fingers resulting in a variety of textures on the surface of the painting.

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H.G. Wells
by Feliks Topolski
1943
NPG 6324

Leon Kossoff
by Leon Kossoff
1981
NPG 5772

John Mortimer
by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
1992
NPG 6160

Harold Pinter
by Justin Mortimer
1992
NPG 6185

David Bowie
by Stephen Finer
1994
NPG 6336

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