Oil, Acrylic paintings & Mixed Media

Paintings are usually referred to in terms of the medium used. Oils on canvas or board remain the most commonly seen works on the market but many modern artists have favoured acrylics or combinations of different paints.


Small oil now believed to be original 17th century Flemish School painting

30 August 2021

A small oil painting discovered among the contents of a Leamington Spa property sold for many multiples of its estimate at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium).

The web shop window: Robert Gemmell Hutchison beach scene

30 August 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

Fry sale at Chiswick evokes Jermyn Street memories

23 August 2021

The Fry collection sold at Chiswick Auctions in London was reminiscent of the kind of auctions the dealer himself would attend

Russian artist’s alpine scene draws admirers at Rushbrooks Auctioneers

04 August 2021

A high price for a Russian picture came at Rushbrooks Auctioneers when a work by Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé (1877-1932) drew eight different bidders.

Poynter panels reunited after selling at Christie's and through dealer Rupert Maas

26 July 2021

Separated for over a century, a trio of small panels by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) have been reunited thanks to a dealer, an auction and two Australian Victorian art collectors.

Ethel Walker portrait is much-admired at Essex auction

26 July 2021

A high price for Scottish painter Ethel Walker (1861-1951) came at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of the Sally Hunter and Ian Posgate collection.

Napoleon portrait sold to Swiss collection at Masterpiece

26 July 2021

Among the sales at the latest edition of Masterpiece, which ran in a digital format for the second year running from June 24-27, was this Neoclassical portrait of the Emperor Napoleon in his coronation robe.

Ramsay resemblance draws in the bidders

26 July 2021

Found in the garden room of a local property among a stack of other pictures, this unsigned oil on canvas had a distinct resemblance to portraits by Allan Ramsay (1713-84).

Flowery fields bloom at auctions

26 July 2021

Two views of children in flowery fields, both by Scottish artists, were among the works drawing competition at Woolley & Wallis’ (25/12% buyer’s premium).

Alexander Mann gets away at last

26 July 2021

It was third time lucky for a painting by Scottish artist Alexander Mann (1853-1908) at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) fine art sale in Cambridge.

Not just any old ironworks

19 July 2021

Two rare and evocative paintings depicting a 19th century ironworks in South Wales were hotly contested at a recent Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) sale.

Right royal welcome for princess

12 July 2021

View of George III’s new wife’s journey shows departure instead of the usual arrival.

Boultbee’s not so common canine

12 July 2021

Sporting artist John Boultbee (1753-1812) is best known for portraits of horses and cattle.

Paul Henry peak power

12 July 2021

A classic west of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry (1877-1958) was among the top-sellers at the latest round of Irish art sales in Dublin.

Art Detective: can you help identify the sitter in this Mary Beale portrait?

05 July 2021

An occasional feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify

Romanian artist in rare UK visit

05 July 2021

Works by Grigorescu are seldom seen in British auctions but one emerged in West Sussex

Polish artists lead the price list in Buckinghamshire

05 July 2021

Among works by eastern European artists in demand recently, two pictures by modern Polish artists led the sale at a Buckinghamshire auction.

Zinkeisen sisters show their family value at two auctions

05 July 2021

Works by the Zinkeisen sisters continue to bring demand at auctions around the country.

Pick of the week: £220,000 for enigmatic faces of the Interregnum

28 June 2021

Believed to date from the mid-17th century, this double portrait is a fascinating painting on many accounts.

Art Market: John William Godward oil is latest in a run of strong prices

28 June 2021

An unusual number of high prices for pictures has been recorded outside London this season.

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