Michael Harding Products

Michael Harding began making oil colours in 1982, his desire to reproduce the intensity of colour that artists would have worked with prior to the start of mass production in the 1840s. Since then, he has built up a range of 69 colours, some contemporary and some historical, based on research into the Old Masters and consultation with current artists. Handmade and matched by eye rather than machine, they are wholly unique, varying to the smallest degree between batches, and David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili and many more have waxed lyrical about their virtues. He uses only the finest of the finest pigments, including genuine Afghan lapis lazuli and real Chinese Vermilion, grinds in refined cold-pressed linseed oil (or occasionally safflower oil) to ensure the highest degree of permanence. He also refuses to use fillers, extenders and driers. Michael Harding Oil Paints bring you the rich history of this highest of art forms in a tube, proof positive of the central importance of materials. Responding to demand, he recently began to make a range of special mediums and varnishes to complement his colours.
 

 

 

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Michael Harding - Walnut Oil

Michael Harding - Walnut Oil

The use of walnut oil in paint can be traced back even further than that of linseed. When 15th century artists began to add oil to their tempera colours it was walnut oil that seemed the obvious choice. Jan van Eyck in Flanders and Antonello da Messina in Italy both knew of its handling properties; from that time on it was widely used by just about all the great artists, being more a question of who did not use it rather than who did.   I thought it would be interesting to bring back this oil as a binder for lead white. It survi...More info.
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Michael Harding Introductory Oil Paint Set

Michael Harding Introductory Oil Paint Set

Introductory Set containing 6 colours in 40ml tubes ''Many people who are new to our products have requested that we suggest colours for them to try. We are happy to provide you with any of our Michael Harding Fine Oil Paint sets such as our Introductory Set. All our sets give artists the opportunity to try a selection of our luscious colours. Our sets also make for ideal gift giving!’’ - Michael Harding, 2016   Introductory Set Series Titanium White No.2 1 ...More info.
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Michael Harding Plein Air Master Set

Michael Harding Plein Air Master Set

The Michael Harding Plein Air "Master" Set containing 10 colours in 40ml tubes. This set is the perfect companion for the master plein air artist, but would also make an ideal gift.   Plein Air "Master" Set Series Titanium White No.2 1 Cadmium Yellow 4 Cadmium Yellow Deep 4 Permant Orange 2 Cad Red Deep 5 Alizarin Claret 3 ...More info.
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Michael Harding Plein Air Painter Set

Michael Harding Plein Air Painter Set

The Michael Harding Plein Air "Painter" Set containing 10 colours in 40ml tubes. An essential set from Michael Harding Artists Oil Colours for plein air painting. This set contains 10 of Michael Hardings most popular plein air colours, the tubes are 40ml too, making them ideal for those who enjoy painting outside, ''en plein air'’.  Plein Air "Painter" Set Series Titanium White No.2 1 Yellow Lake 1 Cadmium Red 5 ...More info.
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