Utrecht Oil Paint Review

PROSPECTUS: Utrecht has been carefully handcrafting Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors in its Brooklyn, New York, mill for more than 50 years.

These fine oil colors are prized by professional artists around the world for their brilliant color, buttery texture, outstanding lightfastness, and excellent long-term performance.

High pigment concentrations guarantee superior tinting strength and remarkable vibrancy straight from the tube. A wide range of single pigment colors produces excellent mixing results.

Don’t be misled by the affordability of Utrecht Artists’ Oils — they are comparable in quality to leading ARTIST GRADE brands costing significantly more. 

  • SELECTION_77 colors with an even distribution across all color ranges and a good balance between transparent and opaque colors.
  • PROPRIETARY COLORS_Not as many as other brands.
  • CONSISTENCY AND TEXTURE_As per their perspectus_buttery
  • BINDERS_Primarily Linseed and Safflower.
  • ADDITIVES_They make minimal mention of ingredients beyond binders, but like all professional-great paint manufacturers we tested, they only use modifiers required to make a pigment usable. 
  • FINISH OR SHEEN_The semi-gloss range.
  • PACKAGING_Pretty standard on frills labeling
  • TOXICITY_Some Cadmiums 
  • TRANSLUCENCY_Just enough
  • MIXABILITY/TINTING STRENGTH_Outstanding because of small pigment size.
  • INTENSITY_ Excellent 
  • DRYING TIME_ Varies depending on the pigment.
  • AVAILABILITY_ Owned by Dick Blick
  • GRADE_Artist

SYNOPSIS: All true no unnecessary marketing hype here. An ARTIST GRADE product and its price make it a solid choice for large works. Their range is limited, so one must search other brands for proprietary and hard-to-mix convenience colours.

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