Mixed Media

In the section "Mixed Media", you will find works where the artists have used several painting and drawing techniques or different materials. Mixed media techniques achieve unique pictorial effects that could not be achieved with just one painting method. Compatible colours, such as oil paints, acrylics, and watercolours, as well as pencils, coloured pencils, or chalk, can be combined.

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Mixed Media

Mixed Media: A Combination of Different Painting and Drawing Techniques

Often in the visual arts, artists use only one single technique for their artworks, for example, oil, acrylic, pastels or drawing pencils. However, many artists combine several different methods or even entire genres in their works. In this section, the term "Mixed Media" covers works in which more than one painting or drawing technique has been used or – as in a collage – other materials have been added to the picture. Mixed media painting is not bound to a specific artistic epoch but has evolved over many centuries. Today it is part of the common repertoire in the visual arts. Throughout history, numerous significant artists have worked with mixed media, for example, Otto Dix, Joseph Beuys, Salvador Dalí and Damien Hirst.

Mixed Media Painting: Using Different Materials to Create a Special Work of Art

In painting mixed techniques, the focus is primarily on experimenting with various types of colour pastes, pigments, and pencils. In addition to oil paints, acrylics are often used in mixed media. However, artists also like to experiment with other techniques such as gouache, watercolour, ink, spray paint or Indian ink. Apart from wet or liquid colours, mixed media paintings often involve the use of pencils, coloured pencils, chalk, or wax crayons. Each of these painting or drawing techniques has its advantages and special characteristics. The colours can be mixed, painted over, or applied equally next to each other. By combining two or more colours, the artists achieve effects that they would not be able to achieve with just one technique, for example, special colour intensity or a special surface structure. However, not all colours are compatible with each other, and the order of application must be followed very carefully. In addition, the different pastes usually require different drying times and may adhere equally well to the same painting surface. Mixed media can also include works that are created as collages. In such cases, materials beyond colours are incorporated into the composition, such as sand, fabrics, paper, ash, wax, or even newspaper cuttings or photographs. Finally, the works can be fixed with varnishes and glazes.

Buy Pictures of Mixed Media at ars mundi

With mixed media pictures, the combination of different materials and colours leads to a unique picture impression. Here at ars mundi, you will find a wide range of these special paintings. Many of the mixed media pictures you can buy at ars mundi are originals or unique pieces. With these unique works, created by the artist's hand, you can directly recognise the different materials that have been used and understand the working process. Contemporary artists who work with mixed media include Christina von Grote, Ralf Koenemann, duckpool, YESS, Michael Becker, Christine Müller, Peter Elsner and Dagmar Vogt.