Acrylic Pouring: Fine Art or a Passing Fad?

Acrylic pouring, fluid art, liquid art, flow art. Whichever title you choose, are all the same type of #abstractart

But is it really art?

As a fluid artist (my preferred term) there have been times when I have doubted my authenticity to be named an artist due to certain opinions in the art world.

So today I’m going to explain to you why this method of painting is fine art or true art.

We will look at

  • What is acrylic pouring?
  • Origins
  • Why it is fine art

“Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.”                                                                     

                                                                                                HENRY ROLLINS

What is acrylic pouring?

Acrylic pouring is a painting style that entails thinning acrylic paint to a fluid consistency, then using a variety of techniques to cover the desired surface. In most cases a stretched canvas. There are numerous additives that can be used to thin the paint to make it flow, as well as a number of ways in which you can manipulate it to cover a surface.


Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros is thought to be the first person to stumble across paint pouring after pouring different colours of paint on top of each other and becoming intrigued by the result. He called it “accidental painting. “

In 1936, Siqueiros held a workshop where a variety of techniques were used to paint without the aid of a brush. Jackson Pollock, a student of his, was present at this workshop.  

Why it is Fine Art

This is “The Britannica Dictionary’s” definition of #fineart

fine art noun

1 : a type of art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) that is done to create beautiful things

2 : an activity that requires skill and care

Having come across quite a few examples of #acrylicpourpainting, I’ve noticed that as with more traditional paintings, the level of beauty and skill are many and varied. However, for those who have produced this work, the enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from the creative process can be the same.

All in all, This is my opinion. Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on acrylic pour art.