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Whether you are looking for an original airbrush painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 112 original airbrush paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Airbrush paintings are typically associated with automotive and graffiti art. However, airbrushes are often used in fine art as well. The tool’s inherent qualities--soft, airy edges and seamless color blending--allow artists to create effects difficult to achieve with traditional brushes alone. Explore the wide range of airbrush paintings for sale on Saatchi Art in a variety of styles, subject matter, and materials. Choose from airbrush paintings on canvas, paper, plastic, metal, and more.

The earliest airbrush paintings are believed to date back to as early as 13,000 years ago, when prehistoric peoples used hollow bones to spray pigments and make outlines of their hands on cave walls. The first modern airbrush, however, dates to around 1893. Early airbrush prototypes were used to coat photographic plates and retouch photos by hand. The advent of new technology in the early 1900s inspired artists to experiment with new airbrush techniques to produce images of this machinery. The Bauhaus group, known for their unification of fine art and practical design, taught artists to use this new medium. Airbrushes were also common for creating advertisements, pin ups, and animation images. During the 1950s, color field painters experimented with the tool to create large canvas works. Today, airbrushes are used to add small details to other painted surfaces and are still prevalent in the world of graphic and graffiti artists.

Artists who create airbrush paintings usually do so with a freehand technique to gauge the air pressure, distance of the sprayer from the canvas, and the type of paint used. The single action airbrush method allows the artist to simply press the airbrush trigger to release a set ratio of paint to air. Artists can use different nozzles to adjust these ratios as well as the width of the paint spray itself. The double action technique requires the painter to press the trigger to release air and adjust it to release paint, allowing for more precise control of the paint spray’s width. Because airbrushes allow artists to add details to achieve more realistic compositions, many artists combine them with other mediums. Comic, graphic, and graffiti artists, for example, pair the airbrush with cut stencils to control the painted area. Color field painters of the 1950s and 1960s were known for using airbrushes to add finer details onto already painted surfaces.

American abstract and color field painter Jules Olitski is most known for producing airbrush paintings on canvas. Olitski originally incorporated small streaks of airbrushed paint around the edges of his works but later made his efforts more noticeable in paintings like “Exact Origins” (1966). Dan Christensen produced “spray loop” paintings like “Serpens” (1968), swirling colorful streams of airbrush paint on a solid background. Man Ray created “aerographs” by spraying paint over found objects. Jean-Michel Basquiat, who had a background in graffiti art, used airbrush painting techniques to add smaller details to his canvases. Other artists associated with the airbrush medium include Wassily Kandinsky, Albert Stadler, Richard Saba, Kenneth Showell, and William Pettet.

waves, Paintings image
Paintings, 23 W x 15 H x 0.7 in
$1,040
Self-Absorbed, Paintings image
Paintings, 14 W x 12 H x 3 in
United States
$500
Prints from $40
scale in blue, Paintings image
Paintings, 31 W x 23 H x 0.7 in
$1,360
deviation, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.7 W x 8.7 H x 1 in
South Korea
$450
TEMPUS FUGIT, Paintings image
Paintings, 22.6 W x 32.9 H x 0.2 in
$13,000
Prints from $95
Untitle-Watercolor on paper, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 22 H x 1 in
$2,170
Composition in red, Paintings image
Paintings, 31 W x 23 H x 0.7 in
$1,160
Tempo Passati 3, Paintings image
Paintings, 55.1 W x 23.6 H x 2.4 in
$1,580
Prints from $40
In Transit, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.8 W x 23.5 H x 1.5 in
"Energy", Paintings image
Paintings, 20 W x 24 H x 1 in
$610
Prints from $40
The Light Force, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 48 H x 1 in
United States
$1,100
Sin Discrecion, Paintings image
Paintings, 9.4 W x 14.2 H x 0.4 in
$660
Prints from $40
City Walk 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 16 H x 4 in
United States
$2,000
Autism series - Communication, Paintings image
Paintings, 84 W x 60 H x 2 in
Malaysia
$3,770
Prints from $95
Abstract painting 2016 dgdunne, Paintings image
Paintings, 48 W x 36 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,300
Prints from $40
"Disclosure" - four pieces sculpture painting, Paintings image
Paintings, 63 W x 39.3 H x 4.7 in
Bulgaria
$5,450
Transform, Paintings image
Paintings, 5 W x 6 H x 0.6 in
United Kingdom
$1,450
La Materia Inquieta, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 15.7 H x 1.6 in
$1,360
Prints from $125
Astral Plane, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.8 W x 29.5 H x 1.5 in
Terra di Venere, Paintings image
Paintings, 28 W x 37 H x 2 in
$2,120
Our deep mind, Paintings image
Paintings, 110 W x 70 H x 0.1 in
Bangladesh
$440
Hope, Paintings image
Paintings, 4 W x 6 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$1,250
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