Responding to the growing demands from professional artists for a range of high-end oil paints at affordable prices and in a good selection of packaging sizes, Atlantis Art Materials first researched the possibility of commissioning their own range of Artist Oils in 2010. Since that time the experienced technical team at Atlantis have worked closely with colour specialist Angela Brown to develop an exciting and unique range of professional oil colours that present a real alternative to the best oil paints available at an affordable and sustainable price.
Whilst Oil Paints have seen something of a resurgence after several decades of pressure from Acrylic alternatives, regrettably many of the bulk production of oil paints have been formulated to meet a tight budget and have lacked the vibrancy and longevity of the oil paints enjoyed by previous generations. The Atlantis Artist Oils therefore have specifically been manufactured by traditional methods and using only the finest pigment and purest oils. Each pigment is first mixed with the appropriate oil – most commonly refined linseed and sometimes safflower oil - to allow initial pigment wetting. Atlantis Titanium White is available in both Linseed Oil and Safflower Oil versions. Safflower Oil has a paler colour and can help reduce the natural tendency of Linseed to yellow. The pigment-oil mixture is then passed through a stone or chilled-steel triple-roll mill three or sometimes four times to release the full ‘colour value’ of the pigment and ensure a smooth, homogeneous paint. During this process the mix is aged by allowing it to ‘sweat’ or stand for a period to allow the full development of the product. Finally every batch is checked for strength, consistency and dispersion before being pressed out into tubes.