Michael Harding 

Michael Harding
I started making oil colours back in 1982 while I was studying Fine Art. I had always been inspired by Rembrandt’s paintings in the National Gallery and I wanted to try and recreate his paint effects and glorious colours in my own work.

Not surprisingly, after a number of failed attempts, I realised something was missing. It wasn’t just Rembrand...

I started making oil colours back in 1982 while I was studying Fine Art. I had always been inspired by Rembrandt’s paintings in the National Gallery and I wanted to try and recreate his paint effects and glorious colours in my own work.

Not surprisingly, after a number of failed attempts, I realised something was missing. It wasn’t just Rembrandts genius that I lacked, but also the actual materials he had used; My original materials would not behave in the same way as the paint used in his work, and the colours had a totally different appearance.

My quest began. I was determined to get what I needed – Oil paint that was of the same quality and consistency as that used by the Old Masters. After a number of months doing intensive research, I turned my flat into a small oil paint mill.There were various experiments before I hit on the right consistency and then gradually the hard work began to pay off, I produced my first paints and suddenly found myself in business. Almost immediately I started supplying the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Word spread and demand for my paint grew at a mindblowing rate.My paints are available in 225ml, 60ml and 40ml tubes all over the world. If you are new to the collection then the Introductory Set of oil paints and a colour chart would be a great purchase to get you started. The high pigment content of my oil paints means that they are more resistant to fading and have a fantastically rich colour.

I also have a range of mediums; Turpentine for thinning and speeding up drying time, oils for increasing flow and slowing drying time, beeswax paste for increased body and a satin matt look, glazes for added lustre and gloss, varnishes for the finishing touch and much more to explore.

I continue to make my own paint and am still excited by the process, the materials and the colours. Artists now write to me from all over the world and we discuss colours, techniques, problems and recipes. That dialogue is very important to me so that you can share their views, their ideas and the valuable information that has been generated. Their testimonials say more about my paint than I ever could!


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Michael Harding Premium Oil Color
Michael Harding oil colours offer the greatest possible coverage, with brilliant, vibrant and true colours. The consistency is creamy, buttery, easy to handle and to manipulate texture. Artists know Michael Harding artist oil colours give their paintings the qualities that help make it stand out in a room full of paintings. The greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading, resulting in excellent lightfast ratings!
Michael Harding Oil Medium
Through the Renaissance, artists worked with combinations of tree resins, thickened vegetable oils, waxes and balsams. The exact organisation of these raw materials is open to speculation and may differ from one artist to another, and even within the practice of an individual artist.