Oil Paintings in the Arts Council Collection
(Approx $44.80 or €33.60)
The Arts Council Collection was formed in 1946 on the altruistic but pragmatic conviction that the best and most appropriate way to support artists in Britain was to buy their work. Sixty years on from its founding, the Collection has continued to acquire work and now includes more than 7,600 works of art. This catalogue shows the 1,400 oil, acrylic and tempera paintings from The Arts Council Collection, highlighting the Arts Council’s sustained support of young and emerging artists and demonstrating the depth of collecting in certain areas, as well as the breadth and heterogeneity of the Collection.
The Public Catalogue Foundation is a charity passionate about making art accessible to the public and educational research. Between 2003 and 2012, they digitised all 210,000 oil paintings in public ownership around the United Kingdom (80% of which are not on view), resulting in this series of affordable catalogues and an online database. They are currently working to digitise the nation’s public sculpture collection.