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Free Lecture on Natural Pigments by George O’Hanlon

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Date(s) - 10/18/2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cubberley Community Center


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Location: Cubberley Community Center, Room M2

How can oil painting mediums be used to create many different painting effects? What were historical oil painting mediums like and how do modern mediums compare to them? Through recreations of many oil painting medium recipes from the 15th to 19th centuries, Natural Pigments answers these questions.

We compare their handling and performance characteristics, such as viscosity, rheology (paint consistency), yellowing, and flexibility. The result of this research is presented on ways that will help artists to understand the purpose and use of mediums in their own work. The one hour presentation will be followed by questions and answers.

George O’Hanlon is technical director of Natural Pigments. He received his fine arts education in Mexico. Upon returning to the U.S. he worked as art director and the creative director of several advertising agencies in California, working on major accounts for Sony, Hewlett Packard, and Ricoh. He also established a database marketing communications firm that was later acquired by Shin-Etsu, an international chemical company, where he was president of marketing operations for the U.S. In 1992 he left this post to study traditional art techniques and then in 2001, he founded Natural Pigments and Iconofile to promote an understanding of these techniques among contemporary artists.


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