Gouache

Gouache

Gouache is an opaque, water-soluble paint that differs from watercolour, meaning it stops the white paper surface showing through.

Gouache is essentially watercolour paint with added white pigment, giving it an opaque quality. This opaque nature means it dries to a flat, matte finish and reproduces exceptionally well, making it particularly suitable for commercial art, illustration, and posters. White gouache is also commonly used to add strong highlights to watercolour paintings.

Designer's or artist's gouache uses high-quality pigments to achieve vibrant, lightfast colours that are smooth and solid. It dries quickly, delivers bold results, and doesn't require any additional mediums. It's popular among students and commercial artists and is often a required material in art colleges. Gouache can be used directly from the tube or thinned with water for washes, but it doesn't allow for building up multiple layers like pure watercolour. Unlike acrylic, gouache isn’t waterproof when dry.

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En el paisaje interior by Tomás Sánchez

In conversation, Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez illuminates the spiritual underpinnings and sustainable production of his debut timed release.

En el paisaje interior by Tomás Sánchez
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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris was born in London, England in 1967, and raised in Rhode Island, USA. She’s now based in New York, working from her studio in Long Island City.

Sarah Morris
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Rafa Macarrón

Rafa Macarrón (he him) was born in 1981 in Madrid, Spain where he continues to live and work.

Rafa Macarrón
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Tomoo Gokita

Tomoo Gokita (he/him) is a Japanese artist born in Tokyo in 1969, where he continues to live and work.

Tomoo Gokita
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Out of the Dark

Anish Kapoor opens an ultramarine fissure with his first silkscreen print.While painting has become a central focus for Kapoor over the last decade, drawing has been an integral part of his practice from the very beginning – offering a tactile counterpart to his more seamless sculptures.Out of the Dark immerses the viewer in a mountain-like form that opens into a deep blue cavernous void. The print is based on a gouache work from 2016, taken from a group of drawings which evoke ‘sites of origin’ as mounds, mountains and voids in deeply saturated colours.The artist has described blue as “a colour that reveals darkness in a deep and mysterious way.” It was used by Kapoor in his earliest explorations of the void as a sculptural form. Like the dichotomy between his sculptures and paintings, it exists in balance with its perceived opposite. While red calls to mind blood and bodies, blue is transcendent and empty. Earthly, yet cosmic. Working closely with Kapoor, printmakers at Make-Ready in London paid close attention to chromatic accuracy. Spot colours including pure ultramarine were added to a CMYK separation to maximise depth and intensity in a 24 layer silkscreen print.“I am thrilled to share my first silkscreen print and to collaborate with Avant Arte on this new edition, and look forward to participating in a project that takes artwork to a wider audience.”

Out of the Dark
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BLOOM

With a blossoming symbol of growth and renewal, Marcela Flórido explores the beauty of self discovery. Playful, sensitive, bold – Flórido’s first print edition, BLOOM, embodies her intentions as an artist. The edition is based on a large-scale painting from 2022, an experiment in symmetry. Flórido foregrounds her cartoonish pseudo-self, a recurring subject for her recent artworks. She draws from a wealth of art historical references, from Modernism to Baroque, Hilma Af Klimt to Tarsal do Amaral, culminating in a vibrant exploration of selfhood. Each print has been uniquely hand-finished by the artist with flowers in a variety of colours, patterns and mediums, inviting collectors to connect with their print on a deeper level.

BLOOM
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Ourselves Scattered Parts Of Earth

Haloed by the setting sun, Caleb Hahne Quintana’s subject emerges from lithographic waves.Each print has been uniquely hand-finished by the artist in gouache – adding washes of texture to the figure’s dappled T-shirt. Hahne Quintana finds the sublime in the mundane. He transforms everyday scenes into moments of reverence filled with deep hues and soft light.

Ourselves Scattered Parts Of Earth
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Yummy!

Reality and fiction collide in Lin Yen-Liang's dream worlds. Playful blends of drawing and painting spill onto the page in Yummy!The charming boy rendered in coloured pencil shyly presents the gummy-style bear with a flower. The miniature pastel-hued sketches and written word invites us into the surrounding world of the characters.Yummy! is part of Studio Works, a series of original artworks by emerging global artists.

Yummy!
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You are my sweetheart candy

Reality and fiction collide in Lin Yen-Liang's dream worlds. Playful blends of drawing and painting spill onto the page in You are my sweetheart candy. The lively scene of hybrid animals leaping across the page brings the artist’s joyful imagination to the mixed media work. Sunshine yellow spraypaint is offset by the pastel turquoise of the creatures, accompanied by pencil sketches and written word.You are my sweetheart candy is part of Studio Works, a series of original artworks by emerging global artists.

You are my sweetheart candy
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Oranges

Nikki Maloof injects vibrating visual patterns into her charming yet macabre domestic scene, Oranges. The artist has a tongue in cheek approach to memento mori – a traditional motif in still life that symbolises mortality.The original large scale artwork has been reprised as a multi layered print. Each unique edition is finished with hand collaged fish, gouache and coloured pencil to blend her collaging language with the print."I never go overboard on being precise. I think it's what makes my form of patterning feel like my own."

Oranges

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.