How to Appreciate Paintings #12: Medium

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home. A huge exhibtion hall lighted only at the walls where the paintings are.  Singapore artist Low Hai Hong's art exhibtion in an art gallery in Singapore.


Medium refers to the material or technique by which the painting is created.
Oil on canvas, one of the most common medium, is a painting that is created by applying oil paint on canvas.  Oil paint is a ground pigment suspended in oil to use as paint.  Canvas is a material that is often cotton or linen used as a surface for painting.
While most oil paintings are painted on canvas, oil can also be applied on other surfaces: oil on paper is oil painted on paper, oil on board is oil painted on board (cardboard), oil on wood panel is oil painted on a wooden surface.
Watercolour is a medium that most of us are exposed to in school.  Watercolour is a a transparent paint created by using gum arabic as a pigment binder and water is used to dissolve and disperse it.  Watercolour is usually applied onto paper to create watercolour paintings.
Acrylic is a plastic (synthetic) water based paint. Acrylic can be applied onto canvas, paper, board, wooden panels.
Oil, watercolour and acrylic are the three most common mediums for western painting.

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