Liquitex acrylic paints

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[Permanent Pigments] A brand name for an acrylic water-emulsion paint first marketed in 1954. Liquitex acrylic paints initially used Rhoplex AC-33 as a base medium. Liquitex paints dry quickly to for a tough film with brilliant colors. Liquitex paints were initially thin and runny, but their formulation was changed in 1963 with a thicker consistency for distribution in tubes (Learner 2000). Liquitex paints have been used by Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, and Andy Warhol (Learner 2005).



Physical and Chemical Properties

Dry films soluble in acetone.

Resources and Citations

  • Thomas J.S. Learner, Analysis of Modern Paints, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2004.
  • T. Learner, "A Review of Synthetic Binding Media in Twentieth-Century Paints" The Conservator, No. 24, pp. 96-103, 2000.
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • R. G. Lodge, A History of Synthetic Painting Media with Special Reference to Commercial Products, AIC Preprints, 16th Annual meeting, 1988
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997
  • Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998