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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.
Paris Brosse Brushes
This brush used in Paris last century, made painters world famous. Comes with a matt black elegant handle and a lacquered soft solid copper ferrule. The specially selected hog bristles are boiled three times to ensure perfect spring preparation and long-term artist satisfaction. This is Raphael’s most famous oil brush.
Raphael Mongoose Brushes
This brush offers fine fibres between hog bristles and synthetic fibres. It has always been associated with fine oil painting, especially where soft subtle brushstrokes and blending are required.
Note: Though more expensive, all Raphael brushes will last double the life of cheaper brushes and give a much better result with all mediums.
Raphael Red Sable – Kolinsky Gold
Black handle with gold ferrule; golden red hair in colour. These brushes are the ultimate for fine work in oils and where precision in fine detail is essential.
Note: Round brushes: The 882 and 8802 series, together with the fuller brush shape series 1862, are extensively used for oil-based lettering and calligraphy work.