Equally suitable for spontaneous work as well as for large ambitious studio paintings, oils are perhaps the most versatile of all paints. And yet for many painters, their use is shrouded in mystery, while others regard them as "difficult" medium. This book sets out to show that, with proper instruction, nothing could be further fom the truth.The key to mastery of the medium is a full understanding of the constituents of oil painting - binders, dilutents, varnishes, mediums, driers - and their properties, all of which are clearly explained and illustrated with over 200 colour images, backed up by comprehensive information on supports, equipment and techniques.
Brian Gorst has published articles on painting techniques and is a visiting lecturer at Weston College in Somerset. He has worked with oils for most of his career as an artist, in still-life, portraiture, landscape and figure painting and has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. He also teaches life drawing and lectures on anatomy for artists. He studied at the Cheltenham School of Art, UK and the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art, USA