Artists' Oil Colour

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We use only the finest quality pigments, with a high pigment concentration in each tube. This gives our colours exceptional tinting strength and allows their inherent characteristics to shine through, whether it be opacity, transparency or vibrancy, across more than 130 colours.

Innovation in action

Created by our chemists in collaboration with artists, we are proud to offer 9 Cadmium-Free Artists’ Oil Colours.  As we developed this formula it was tried and tested by artists to ensure it matched the vibrancy, opacity, lightfastness, and permanence of traditional cadmium colours.


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Why single pigment colours?

We craft our colours from single pigments wherever possible to create individual colours; this ensures clean, accurate mixing. There are more than 80 single pigment colours in the range, so you can mix new variations with confidence. 

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Consistent production, reliable results

Our perfectly formulated oil paint is only possible because it holds over 190 years of research, expertise, and the highest quality production methods.  It is that precision that artists across the world rely on; wherever you find a tube of Winsor & Newton, the scientific processes we follow guarantees that every colour will be the same high-quality paint. 

It’s all in the ratio

Every tube of Artists’ Oil Paint contains a calculated ratio of oil and pigment based on the quantity of oil in the tube. This varies from colour to colour because, just as some pigments need to be ground finer than others, they also need more, or less, oil to provide optimal performance.

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Lightfast and permanent

Paintings last well beyond our lifetime if the materials you choose allow for that.  Years from now, for your work to be seen as you intend it to be, your materials need to be lightfast (not fade from exposure to light) and permanent (not change over time).  So that you can trust in the longevity of your work, our oil colours are tested for these qualities and have some of the best ratings (at least AA or A).  They retain their brilliance so your painting can have a long lifetime. 

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Jo Volley

Material Matters: Jo Volley on using Cadmium-Free Artists’ Oil Colour

Jo Volley is an artist and who lives and works in London. Her work is concerned with measurement, space and colour as light and employs a wide range of material and mediums. It draws attention to the nature of archiving, historic materials, ideas of craftsmanship, incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques.

‘Tonking’ Technique with Oils

Tonking is a technique championed by Henry Tonks, a tutor at the Slade School of Art until the 1950's; he became known for how he would remove excess oil or add texture to his work by laying paper over the wet surface and then gently pulling it up to remove some of the paint.

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