Impasto painting is a technique where paint is laid on the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When it’s dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.
The method of drawing impasto already exists as much as painting,for many years the goal was to hide the idea that something is painted. For this reason, many artists, including masters of the past, or a certain stream of abstract artists participating in a post-pictorial abstract movement, where are the brush strokes or any signs of the artist’s hand are excluded
Traditionally, oil painting is the medium used for impasto painting according to its thick consistency and slow drying time. But acrylic can also be used if heavy body acrylic gels are added.
The paint that is applied by using the impasto technique serves several objects. First, it allows for playing with light in a particular way, giving the artists additional control over the effects of light on/in their painting. The typical canvas artworks, where depth is created with the play of art elements, especially texture, the value of color of the paintings ,created with this method use the visible strokes and their three-dimensionality along with the other elements of art to illustrate the same important issue of space. According to the thick textured paint, such paintings carry a strong physical statement, and due to their grand presence and occupation of the space, the paintings created by the help of the impasto technique were usually non-objective and expressive artworks.
Many artists were using the impasto technique. Some of the most famous were: Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning.
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