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Five generations of chemists in the Blockx family have been working since 1865 to perfect the Blockx Oil Colors. Today, Jacques Blockx IV and his daughter Catherine Blockx (Generation V) carry on this great tradition. Their workshop in Belgium resembles a winemaker's chateau more than a modern industrial factory. Together, they produce color in the tradition of the Flemish masters.
In the Blockx tradition, paint is still handground using a slowly rotating three roll stone mill. Only pure pigment is used. All colors have a minimum lightfastness rating of 7 out of 8 on the blue wool scale, so the entire line can be considered perfectly lightfast.
Iron oxides, earth pigments, and blacks are ground with linseed oil. All other pigments are ground with poppyseed oil, which prevents yellowing and dries without wrinkling or mottling. Each pigment is used at its best saturation, and no additives or fillers are used, whatsoever.
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From Bill Creevy's The Oil Painting Book: "Such leading artists as Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and Fairfield Porter have lavished glowing praise on Blockx Oils, a testament to the extremely high quality of these paints.
"The superiority of Blockx Oils can be attributed to three simple factors. The first is a careful selection of only the very best pigments and oils available. The second is powerful pigmentation, as Blockx Oils are made with the highest concentrations of pigment possible. The third factor is Blockx's 150-year legacy of serious craftsmanship, from the careful grinding of pigments in old-fashioned stone mills, to the exacting formulations of paint recipes.
"The Blockx color range reflects quality rather than quantity. Approximately one-third of the Blockx palette consists of earth colors, whose particular beauty has made them legendary and reflects the importance of choice pigments. Blockx's range of earth colors offers several surprises. For example, there is no Raw Umber, but in its stead is a beautiful transparent brown. Neither is there Raw Sienna, but two Burnt Siennas take its place, one dark, the other light. Another unique Blockx earth color is Capucine Yellow, in both light and dark varieties. Undiluted, these colors are a rich, transparent "wood" red. When mixed with White, they produce earthy flesh tones.
"Because of the heavy pigmentation, the more chromatic hues of the Blockx line really sing out. Where necessary, Blockx's brighter and lighter colors, such as Cerulean Blue, are mixed with poppyseed oil rather than linseed oil to avoid any possible discolorations or yellowing. In fact, Blockx is the only paint maker to use poppyseed oil to such a great extent. Blockx offers the full range of Cadmiums and Cobalts, plus a genuine transparent Aureolin. Interestingly, Blockx does not have an Alizarin Crimson, but instead offers a series of Rose Madders made from the newer, more lightfast pigment Anthraquinone.
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from Oakland, CA
Comments about Blockx Artist Oil Colors:
Using Blockx oil paints has brought a depth and resonance to my paintings with the richness and deep of their colors.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Worth every penny...
By Lynnie Seed
from Dallas, TX
Blockx paints are the best: Very dense pigment, but very creamy and mixable. Glazes are radiant. My canvases are quite large, and Blockx gives me maximum saturated coverage, even thinned with a stand oil/damar/turp medium. I love these paints.
The «redest» Venetian Red?
I have tried so many Venetian-English-Mars etc Red that I think that I finally found my match!Not only does it seems to be the «redest» it is also perfect for mixing with transparent colors.BLOCKX Venetian Red is PR102 which is lighter than PR101 already but their colors are all subtil.Just love them all!
Beautiful paint colors
from NY, NY
Beautiful highly pigmented colors. Blockx tends to be a bit oily.
By Messy Painter
from Harrisburg, PA
The paint has a lot of pigment, and the colors are strong and clear. It has a smooth and creamy consistency, and I used very little medium with it.
Wonderful paints, small dents in the tubes.
from Houston, TX
This paint is very good however it does have an odd odor to it.
I would buy this product again and again
from Rochester, NY
using for painting
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Blockx Paint- A Class of its Own
By Wizard Wes
from Portage, in.
I've been a professional painter for over 40 years. I thought I'd seen it all, but, I was wrong! This paint is far superior to all others. Superior strength, covering power, and consistency. Beautiful pigment!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Probably the best oil paints on Earth
By Alan P. in OC
from Huntington Beach, CA
About 80% of my paints are Blockx, I think I have about 25 tubes. They handle perfectly, are thin but not too thin, full of pigment, and never let me down. Some of the most beautiful colors I've ever seen, and even comparing the exact same paints from different companies with the DickBlick paint swatches, you'll see a big difference.
Excellent colors!!! - lots of pigment
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