Definition of oil paint in US English:

oil paint

noun

  • A paste made with ground pigment and a drying oil such as linseed oil, used chiefly by artists.

    • ‘In paintings with titles such as Long Beach, San Francisco and Monument Valley, he builds thick globs of oil paint into a kind of pigmented frosting.’
    • ‘In all the works shown here, Calabrese uses oil paint almost like watercolor.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, searing reds, oranges and yellows make the oil paint seem to have been heated to thousands of degrees.’
    • ‘He'll mix it with pale washes of oil paint, but avoids getting into a paint process that would require thicker paint and building up layers of glazing.’
    • ‘She lays down oil paint in thin layers that stain her canvases as watercolors do paper, so that her figures seem to float between reality and some other state.’
    • ‘She uses an alkyd oil paint to color the steel works.’
    • ‘The 12 volunteers have worked in a variety of mediums including oil paint, watercolours, prints, sculpture, textile, ceramics and text.’
    • ‘There is a permanent dialogue between myself and the intangible elements of nature that becomes materialized in the thick oil paint that I use on my canvases.’
    • ‘Besides his work as an architect, Mockbee is an artist who uses collage, watercolor, and oil paint.’
    • ‘Working in oil paint on canvas and watercolor on paper, Mayhew never sketches his ideas but rather floods the surface with rich vibrant colors.’
    • ‘This may have been because Leonardo often painted in the fairly new art medium of oil paint, which was more liquid than the traditional fresco paint that was made by coloring plaster.’
    • ‘Homer was very good at painting in both watercolors and oil paint, and all of his work is quite realistic.’
    • ‘He often worked in oil paint, crayon and ink on bark and animal skins.’
    • ‘Next, he rubs in the oil paint with cloths, filling in areas of the composition and wiping off much of the pigment to create thin surfaces that emulate the fluid effects of watercolor.’
    • ‘Some of the bare canvas showed through in spots where the oil paint had cracked and pulled away from it.’
    • ‘The heart-rending emotion and delicacy they evoke drips off just like the thin oil paint used in their depiction.’
    • ‘Often applying oil paint with a palette knife, Scott fills his canvases with irregular squares and rectangles in a rainbow of contrasting hues.’
    • ‘Try toning your canvas with acrylic paint first before applying your oil paint.’
    • ‘If anti-Rococo critics claimed oil paint was too much like cosmetic paint, social critics held that the reverse was true.’
    • ‘The oil paint is used dryly and sparingly in the unceremonious manner of practiced mural painters.’

Pronunciation

oil paint

/ˈoil ˌpānt//ˈɔɪl ˌpeɪnt/