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Blockx Artist Quality Oil Paints

This small family-owned company has been making artist quality oil paints since 1865. Jacques Blockx, a brilliant early chemist, was sought out by French and Belgian artists for his advice on pigments and as a response, commenced manufacture of his selection of oil paints. The brand is synonymous with the highest of quality where no compromise is made in their manufacture, either in the cost of pigments or the time for manufacture, for they are still made today on the same slow moving stone three-roll mills that have been used for a century.

Amongst the most ardent supporters of this paint have been Rene Magritte and Paul Signac, and of recent times, the technical painting master, Salvador Dali. The concept is that the pigment is not just the colour, but the way it paints irrespective of the pigment and its concentration. The colours have been ground only in cold pressed poppy oil which is around six times the cost of cold pressed linseed oil. Difficult pigments are put through the three-roll mill up to five times to ensure perfect wetting and fluidity with the maximum quantity of pure pigments without a trace of fillers. Many of the colours are unique to Blockx and are a tribute to the vision of the original Jacques Blockx.

Note that Blockx do not make any range other than professional quality. In 1918 the factory employed 14 staff, today they employ only 8, ensuring a semi-handmade quality opposed to mass production paints. Surprisingly, these paints are in the same price bracket as mass produced paints.

Many of these colours are unique and have special mass tones unseen in any other paints, ie, Brown Ochre and Brown Ochre Light, Cassel Earth, Gold Ochre, Italian Earth. Note that colours are priced by pigment and so may appear out of context in pricing, ie. the cobalts which feature in Series 6. Available in 35ml & 200ml tubes.

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Series 1

Vine Black, Ivory Black, Cinnels Green, Earth Green, Light Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cassel Earth, Brown Ochre, Brown Ochre Light, Light Red, Venetian Red, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Italian Earth.

Series 2

Ultramarine Blue Light, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Transparent Mars Red, Transparent Mars Yellow, Transparent Mars Brown, Brownish Grey, Paynes Grey, Indigo, Brilliant Yellow Light.

Series 3

Mars Black, Mars Brown, Mars Red, Mars Violet, Mars Yellow-Orange.

Series 4

Transparent Brown, Cappucine Yellow Deep, Cappucine Yellow Light, Naples Yellow, Baryte Yellow, Naples Yellow Reddish, Rose Madder Pale, Rose Lake, Crimson Lake, Carmine, Dioxazine Mauve, Magenta, Thaline Blue, Primary Blue, Thaline Green, Composed Green Light, Veronese Green.

Series 5

Pyrrole Vermilion, Nickel Yellow, Indian Yellow, Primary Yellow, Manganese Blue, Manganese Violet, Lamorinere Green, Golden Green, Blockx Green, Phthalo Green.

Series 6

Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Blue Dark, Turquoise Blue, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Green Light, Composed Green Deep, Turquoise Green, Genuine Naples Yellow (20ml tube).

Series 7

Pyrrole Red, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Indanthrene Blue, Cadmium Green Pale, Cadmium Green Deep.

Series 8

Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Orange, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Purple, Cadmium Viridian.

Series 9

Cobalt Violet (37ml), Cobalt Violet Deep (37ml), Lapis Lazuli (20ml tube only).

Blockx Whites

Perhaps the Blockx range is best known for their whites, as they are regarded as the best in the world. The mixed whites are made from a special ratio of zinc and lead and have been a favourite, along with the Flake White, for portrait painters. The cool Zinc White is more transparent than the intense Titanium White. 35ml tubes, 60ml tubes, 115ml tubes, 200ml tubes, 500ml tubes.