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Whether you are looking for an original airbrush painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 5,234 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.

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Contemporary art figurative painting - Piece of Sky, Paintings image
Paintings, 43.3 W x 70.9 H x 1.2 in
Path to open water, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 19.7 H x 1 in
Vida nueva, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 35.4 H x 0.4 in
Prints from $138
Letting go of Time no.1, Paintings image
Paintings, 47 W x 45.5 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
Prints from $67
Hanging out in a tree house, Paintings image
Paintings, 57 W x 39.4 H x 1 in
Roma, Lungo Tevere, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 59.1 H x 2 in
Prints from $40
No vacancies, no mistletoes, Paintings image
Paintings, 63 W x 78.7 H x 0.8 in
Urban Spirit, Paintings image
Paintings, 46 W x 46 H x 1.8 in
Pegasus, Paintings image
Paintings, 78.7 W x 47.2 H x 2 in
Prints from $100
La Galerie Rose 3, Paintings image
Paintings, 12 W x 12 H x 1.4 in
United States
Prints from $140
Slice, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 48 H x 2 in
Prints from $95
Evanescence 5, Paintings image
Paintings, 60.6 W x 42.5 H x 0.8 in
Look at me - Tiny steps on mom´s belly, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 57 H x 1 in
Road to Perfection, Paintings image
Paintings, 28 W x 28 H x 2 in
New Zealand
Prints from $90
The Anonymous, Paintings image
Paintings, 57 W x 47.2 H x 1 in
Ley Lines n.21, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 27.6 H x 1.6 in
Delphinus, Paintings image
Paintings, 78.7 W x 47.2 H x 2 in
Prints from $257
Something about spring, Paintings image
Paintings, 25.6 W x 31.9 H x 0.8 in
Prints from $40
against two elements, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 in
Prints from $40
Yellow Flower, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.7 in
Czech Republic
Prints from $100
Transparencies - n.06, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1 in
"1121 antique white drips/dark blue", Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 in
Prints from $100
Orange Dream / Autumn Maple, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 55.1 H x 0.8 in
Czech Republic
Prints from $100
Persuasion No. 5, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 40 H x 1.5 in
United States
Mind-mapping 01-C12, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 1.2 in
South Korea
Prints from $40
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