Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors are made with the same dedication and pure pigments that go into Artist’s Oils. To reduce the cost of oil colors, some manufacturers use gels and wax to stiffen colors and replace traditional pigments with less expensive ones.1980 colors are formulated with pure pigments, the finest refined linseed oil, and marble dust (calcium carbonate). More affordable colors have been made with these three ingredients since oil painting began. With 1980 colors, artists experience true colors, without homogenized texture or muddy color mixtures.
Mars Black: Slightly warm in its tint, this leanest (more matte) black dries more quickly than Ivory Black. Though not as black as Ivory Black, Mars Black has approximately three times the tinting strength and is very opaque. Cool in its masstone and strong, Mars Black is often the choice of the Neo-Expressionists and others who want to make black opaque marks in thick wet paintings.