Art History  •  Movements and techniques

How art came to the canvas

Art captures periods of time. In our 21st digitized century, creativity is still present in the foundation of art and completely exploits the unlimited possibilities. With the application of Pixel Art, the new computer art is a high contender, a graphic artist edit your works on the PC, Photoshop has become the tool of choice for most photographers, colours can be mixed with percentages, the 3D printer now prints almost everything your heart desires and… But that was not always so. Where this development originated, what a “brush” was before, how the painting began and how colors were created.. , all of the following elements contributed to the development and diversification of artistic styles present today :

The early beginnings of art

The first paintings were made around 35,000 BC. Chr and were found in caves in South Western Europe and North Africa. Cave drawings and rock screep images were important means of the transmission of stories and artifacts. These paintings were also expression of creativity and mediator between reality and the supernatural. While the rock-scorpion images only required a sharped object, later cave images contain different colours. This leads to the following question : where did the colour come from?



Art is a creative genre, as evidenced by the cave writers of the time. Commonly used were coals, but also iron oxides and various other rocks, ores, vegetable resins and juices, and even blood. These raw materials were mixed with fats, water, or saliva and then applied to the rocks. But how?



Even in the caves different means were used to create colours. The hand was a popular medium and also served to draw clear lines and smooth edges. The first brushes were made of twigs, bones and hair, and up to the 18th century it was customary to make his own brushes. The Egyptians helped themselves with papyrus, the monks in the Middle Age optimized their brush production with different animal hair. In Germany in 1764, for the first time, the profession of the brushmaker was popularised. Brushes are mainly used today for painting on canvases, but how did one come from the cave painting to the canvas?


The transition from cave painting to sculpture to perspective painting

In summary: After the cave painting, the Egyptian pictograph represents the second stage of the art history, followed by the Romans and Greeks, who made enormous contributions in the form of sculpture, which remains almost inviolable until today. The Middle Ages developed the wall paintings as well as the colours and until the modern era, details such as wrinkles could be exhibited. The renaissance is regarded as the birth time of the vanishing point, and perspective drawings have become more and more precise. Also the colour palette became bigger. And all this was put on canvas, the most popular medium to this day!

The projection from art

A fabric made of linen, cotton, or hemp fibers, attached to a wedge frame, is the medium that is utilised in almost every studio: the canvas!
The canvas is particularly suitable for oil and acrylic paints because of its low weight. Usually mounted on an easel, the artists draw on the canvas as you please.

Der Maler Heinrich Giebel vor der Staffelei, um 1935

Singulart on canvas

Our artists have also filled canvases on canvas with colors and stories. It was luck (or destiny) that Mathieu Weemaels, Bernard Marie Collet and David Daoud discovered the developed painting utensils for themselves!

Mathieu Weemaels

The true theme of Mathieu Weemaels‘ painting is to look at the simple things to get a touch of nostalgia through the light of Belgium.

bleu et rose

Bleu et rose© Mathieu Weemaels, Singulart Artist

Bernard Marie Collet

As a former student of the Beaux-Arts in Paris, Bernard Marie Collet is inspired by the great masters of classical and modern painting, as well as nature and history.


Tropiques, bleu entre les palmes© Bernard Marie Collet, Singulart Artist

David Daoud

For David Daoud the paintings belong to those who look at them. They are brought to life by the eyes of the viewers. At the same time, the viewers dive into the story told by the artist.

dialogues 3

Dialogues 3© David Daoud, Singulart Artist

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