Colour Society Of Australia


CSA NSW June webinar: Paints and Paint Making with Michael Harding

  • 14 Jun 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online webinar (free)


  • Registrants will be sent a reminder email with the link and instructions on how to join shortly before the webinar.

Registration is closed

"I make my Artist Oil Paints with colour intensities that artists experienced before the 1840s. This was when the invention of the collapsible tube led to mass production and gradual dilution of quality. Mass-produced paints of today are pale imitations of the colours that artists before the 1840s were able to either make themselves or purchase from a colour man. The main criteria of these colourmen were the quality of the paint and not undercutting the competition."  - Michael Harding

You are invited to join us for a free webinar hosted by the NSW Division of the Colour Society of Australia in which accomplished painter and NSW Committee member Sally Ryan will interview our special guest, premium artists' paints manufacturer Michael Harding, speaking from Boston, Massachusetts.

Michael Harding was born and raised in Kent, England, and is a Fine Arts college graduate and a distinguished Fellow of The Royal Society of British Artists. Dissatisfied with the quality of the commercial artists' paints available to him as a student he exhaustively researched the methods used to create the Old Masters' oil paints and began to grind his own. He founded his company Michael Harding Art Materials Ltd in London in 1982, and continues to hand formulate and make over eighty-eight oil colours. Michael has a number of signature colours including some rarely available traditional paints like genuine Lapis Lazuli, Chinese Vermilion, Rose Madder, Naples Yellow and Stack Lead White, made using the Dutch stack process of clay pots, horse dung and lead!

Sally Ryan is an Australian painter and portrait artist living and operating in Sydney. Her style is best described as contemporary realism with an emphasis on portraiture although her practice includes all genres of painting. Sally has been recognized in competitions across Australia and internationally, and was awarded Signature Status by the Portrait Society of America in 2018. Her work can be seen on her website Sally joined the Committee of the CSA NSW Division in late 2019.

If you have any questions for Michael, you are encouraged to submit them to us in advance by email - we will try to cover them during the interview if at all possible. If time allows, there will be further Q&A immediately after the interview.

Date: Sunday, 14 Jun 2020

Time: 11:00 AM (UTC+10:00),

11:00 AM (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne),

10:30 AM (Adelaide),

9.00 AM (Perth),

9:00 PM, 13 Jun (Boston, MA)

This webinar is free to Colour Society of Australia members and nonmembers, but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. Successful registrants will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom webinar platform shortly before the event.

It's not clear yet when we can resume our program of live events in NSW as this will depend not only on legal restrictions but also on the policies of our venues. However at least until our live events resume we intend to continue with a regular series of free webinars that will be open to all CSA members, as well as nonmembers around Australia and the world. For the benefit of those members who cannot join our webinars live we aim to make recordings available in the Members' Area of the CSA website whenever possible.

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