Cass Art is on a mission to fill this country with artists. We believe in art and know the freedom and pleasure it brings, so want to encourage everyone in their creative endeavours. Fundamental to this is giving artists access to the best materials at the most affordable prices; the Cass Art Collection is a direct manifestation of this mission.
Launched in 2013 with our award-winning range of pads, the Cass Art Collection has since grown to include artists’ pastels, brushes, portfolios and pencils by selecting only the best quality products from the most reputable manufacturers of art materials across the world. And now we are delighted to announce that we’ve added to the Collection with Artists’ Oil Colour, Artists’ Watercolour, Exhibition Grade canvas and Cass Art Acrylic. Read on to find our more and hear what professional artists think of these latest additions….
Artists' Oil Colours
Our Cass Art Artists’ Oil Colours are an extra fine professional grade oil colour produced with the highest possible level of pigmentation. Enriched with beeswax and triple-milled, they have a rich and buttery consistency which ensures evenness from colour to colour.
Each colour within this range offers maximum lightfastness and permanence ratings, and has the advantage of a slightly shorter than average drying time, with consistency across the colour range.
2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year finalist and professional oil painter Gregory Mason has been using these paints for recent work and said:
“The consistency and texture of these oil paints is great. It’s not too thick to work with straight from the tube but also blends well with mediums like Liquin to give extra flow if that’s what you need. The colour range is well thought out, satisfying the needs of artists who like to work from a broad range of pre-mixed colours, right through to painters like myself who prefer to mix from quite a limited palette.”
Hear more about Gregory's experience using Cass Art Artists' Oil Colours and see them in action:
The Cass Art Artists' Oil Colours are currently available in a set of 10 key colours, with an expanded range of individual tubes coming soon.
We’re delighted to be introducing a truly exceptional range of extra fine, professional grade watercolours – which we believe are as good as any leading watercolour brand but at Cass Art value.
Made from the highest quality pigments, this range maintains an unparalleled colour strength and brilliance throughout, with each colour offering the highest possible lightfastness and permanence ratings. Users have commented on the smoothness, and how easy the paints are to apply to larger washes.
Fashion illustrator, Francesco Lo Iacono used the Cass Art Artists' Watercolours in his artwork for London Fashion Week and had this to say about them:
“As an illustrator that works mainly with watercolour, I found the choice of colours great – certainly enough to experiment with different shades. Also, the consistency was quite thick, which meant that a little bit of paint went a very long way!”
Above: Francesco Lo Iacono's fashion illustration from London Fashion week
Professional graphic artist and tutor, Ingrid Sanchez also commented on the Artists' Watercolours:
"The colours are very concentrated, which is great because they allow more space to play with transparency and opacity. Some of the colours are so vibrant there is no need to mix them with other mediums as I usually would do."
Above: Ingrid Sanchez's colour chart created using Cass Art Artists' Watercolours
The Cass Art Artists' Watercolours are available in 28 colours. Explore the range
Our own Cass Art Acrylics offer great quality at an affordable price. Medium body and quick drying they're ideal for all approaches to painting in acrylic. These colours can be used on a wide range of surfaces including canvas, paper, card, board, wood and fabric, making them equally perfect for use in all manner of craft and design projects. They are lightfast with a high covering power and water-resistant when dry.
2nd year Fine Art Student at Kingston University Kane Mearns-Smith tried out the Cass Art Acrylic and shared his thoughts:
“The acrylic paints worked well for me due to the energy held in their colours. The contrast between each individual colour really makes a painting come to life. I was also incredibly pleased by how quickly the acrylic dried. Due to the nature of my style of painting, I am often struck with great intervals of waiting for the paint to dry. However, these acrylics allowed me to get the idea from my head onto canvas in no time at all.”
See Kane Mearns-Smith use our Cass Art Acrylic in one of his paintings:
The Cass Art Acrylics are currently available in a set of 8 colours, with an expanded range of tubes and pots coming soon.
We know that canvas is a fundamental part of a good painting. We've introduced a range of Cass Art Canvases crafted from the highest quality warp-resistant spruce wood and with surfaces that are acid free and of archival quality. Suitable for a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and mixed media, we have three different canvases available:
Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas: Available in 11 different sizes, these 21mm depth canvases are made with pure 335gsm/11.8oz cotton. This range is prepared with 3 layers of white gesso primer and has a medium-grain finish.
Artists' Exhibition Grade Quality Artists’ Linen Canvas: Available in 7 different sizes, these 21mm depth canvases are made with pure 320gsm/11.3oz flax linen. This range is prepared with clear primer resulting in a medium-grain finish, flatter than cotton.
Cass Art Cotton Canvas: Available in 11 different sizes, these pure 320gsm/11.3oz cotton canvases have been prepared with 3 layers of white gesso primer. They're available in two depths: 19mm regular profile and 38mm deep edge profile.
Ronan McGeough, Professional Oil Painter and Cass Art Paint Specialist gave us his feedback on the Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas:
“The Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas has a nice medium grain tooth to it – not too smooth, not too rough – so it’s perfect for painting both fine details or working with a much rougher style. The fact that it’s prepared with three layers of highly opaque titanium dioxide gesso is really important for me as it creates a strong adhesion when applying the paint. From an aesthetic point of view, the three layers of primer ensures complete surface coverage, allowing my paintings to appear more vibrant too.”
Above: Ronan McGeough's Shackle created using Cass Art Artists' Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas
Try the Cass Art Collection for yourself!
We’re very proud of the new additions to the Cass Art Collection, but don’t just take our word about how much you’ll love them – come and try them for yourself! They’ll be available to test in our stores over the next few weeks, with demonstrations, and staff artists - as ever - on hand to tell you more.
We’ll be focusing on a different Cass Art Collection product each week as follows (but if you want to try something different at any time, just let a staff member know)
25th Feb – 3rd March: Acrylic
4th – 10th March: Pastels
11th – 17th March: Watercolour pans
18th- 24th March: Watercolour tubes
25th - 31st March: Oil
1st – 7th April: Acrylic
8th – 14th April: Pastels
15th – 28th April: Watercolour
We’ll also be running more in-depth workshops, where you can experience our new ranges under the guidance of our staff artists, learn more about their unique qualities and create your own artwork to take away. We’ll be launching the details of these workshops shortly, so keep checking out our Events pages to find out more.
Explore the full Cass Art Collection range
Read our interview with Angus Hyland - the face behind the Cass Art Collection