Payne's Grey | Matisse Acrylic Paint

Chemical Description: Blend sodium aluminosulphosilicate and iron oxide black

Pigment Number: PW29 PBk11

Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

Pigment Opacity: Semi-transparent

Paint Opacity: Semi-transparent

Series 2

Payne's Grey | Matisse Acrylic Paint

William Payne: A Visionary Artist


Payne's Grey, a deep bluish-grey shade, serves as a nuanced alternative to the starkness of black in colour mixing. Its name doesn't originate from its pigment but pays homage to William Payne (1760-1830), a British watercolourist and art lecturer known for his innovative approach. Payne sought to move away from the conventional use of a grey blend from black and white, opting instead for a neutral tint crafted from indigo, raw sienna, and lake. This unique blend, now known as Payne's Grey, has endured through time, finding widespread acceptance in the artistic community.


Composition of Matisse Payne's Grey


In the Matisse rendition, Payne's Grey is meticulously crafted using ultramarine blue and mars black pigments. This combination achieves the distinctive cool undertone that sets Payne's Grey apart. When applied directly from the tube in a thick layer, the colour manifests as a cool black. However, as the application becomes thinner, the subtle blue tones gradually emerge, adding depth to the visual experience.


Versatility in Colour Shading


Payne's Grey offers a versatile shading option that avoids the risk of creating muddy or dirty hues, a common challenge when using intense black. Its application extends to shading various colours such as reds, browns, greys, blues, and greens. Due to its semi-transparent nature, artists have the flexibility to layer the paint, achieving a robust black effect when desired. This characteristic enhances the adaptability of Payne's Grey in different artistic contexts, making it a valuable tool for artists seeking nuanced and controlled shading in their compositions.

Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Payne's Grey (SDS)

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Payne's Grey is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow, Matisse Fluid

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