Cass Art is on a mission to fill this country with artists. We believe in art and know the freedom and pleasure it brings, so want to encourage everyone in their creative endeavours. Fundamental to this is giving artists access to the best materials at the most affordable prices; the Cass Art Collection is a direct manifestation of this mission.
Launched in 2013 in collaboration with award-winning designer Angus Hyland, a Partner at Pentagram we have channeled our business of colour, design and creativity into our own brand range. For over 15 years Angus has championed creativity at Cass Art, launching our brand identity and activating the Cass Art Manifesto, he has received over a hundred creative awards, including two D&AD Awards for the Cass Art Paper Range and our iconic Collection of Tote Bags.
Alongside the original pads the Cass Art Collection has since grown to include artists’ pastels, brushes, portfolios and pencils, with only the best quality products from the most reputable manufacturers of art materials across the world. The most recent additions to the collection are our professional and studio ranges of paint: with Artists’ Oil Colour, Artists’ Watercolour, Exhibition Grade canvas and Cass Art Acrylic.
ARTISTS’ OIL COLOUR
Our Cass Art Artists’ Oil Colours are an extra fine professional grade oil colour produced with the highest possible level of pigmentation, they have a rich and buttery consistency which ensures evenness from colour to colour. Each colour within this range offers maximum lightfastness and permanence ratings, and has the advantage of a slightly shorter than average drying time, with consistency across the colour range.
GREG MASON – 2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year finalist, 2018 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year finalist and Cass Art Professional Oil Paint Ambassador
“The consistency and texture of these oil paints is great. It’s not too thick to work with straight from the tube but also blends well with mediums like Liquin to give extra flow if that’s what you need. The colour range is well thought out, satisfying the needs of artists who like to work from a broad range of pre-mixed colours, right through to painters like myself who prefer to mix from quite a limited palette.”
ELLIS O’CONNOR – Professional Artist and seascape painter
“I find the cass art oils perfect to work with, the pigment of the colours are vivid and exactly the right density of colour, they are also very easy to blend and work with on the palette. The range of colours were exactly what I needed and have been very well used in my paintings!”
Ellis O’Connor using Cass Art Artists’ Oils
Our Artists’ Watercolours are a truly exceptional range of extra fine, professional grade paints. Made from the highest quality pigments, this range maintains an unparalleled colours strength and brilliance throughout, with each colour offering the highest possible lightfastness and permanence ratings. The paints have a true smoothness, and are well suited to applying large washes.
FRANCESCO LO LACONO – Fashion Illustrator and Cass Art Professional Water Colour Ambassador
“As an illustrator that works mainly with watercolour, I found the choice of colours great – certainly enough to experiment with different shades. Also, the consistency was quite thick, which meant that a little bit of paint went a very long way!”
Francesco Lo Lacono demonstrating Cass Art Artists’ Watercolour
INGRID SANCHEZ – Graphic Artist, tutor and Cass Art Professional Water Colour Ambassador
“The colours are very concentrated, which is great because they allow more space to play with transparency and opacity. Some of the colours are so vibrant there is no need to mix them with other mediums as I usually would do.”
Our own Cass Art Acrylics offer great quality at an affordable price. Medium body and quick drying they’re ideal for all approaches to painting in acrylic. These colours can be used on a wide range of surfaces including canvas, paper, card, board, wood and fabric, making them equally perfect for use in all manner of craft and design projects. They are lightfast with a high covering power and water-resistant when dry.
KANE MEARNS-SMITH – Former Cass Art Student Ambassador
“The acrylic paints worked well for me due to the energy held in their colours. The contrast between each individual colour really makes a painting come to life. I was also incredibly pleased by how quickly the acrylic dried. Due to the nature of my style of painting, I am often struck with great intervals of waiting for the paint to dry. However, these acrylics allowed me to get the idea from my head onto canvas in no time at all.”
We want to put a paint brush in every hand. Whether a professional artist, hobbyist or student we have the Cass Collection brush for the job, be it a quick painted sketch or a month long masterpiece. Our sable, synthetic and hog brushes have excellent durability and can be used with a variety of painting mediums including watercolour, oil and acrylic.
A highly efficient and safer solvent for oil paint. Cass Art Brush Cleaner / Oil Paint Dilutant is non-flammable and has a pleasant ‘orangey citrus’ smell. Use for brush cleaning and the thinning of paint and as an alternative to traditional turpentine and white spirit.
Canvas is a fundamental part of good painting. Our range of Cass Art Canvases are crafted from the highest quality warp-resistant spruce wood and with surfaces that are acid free and archival quality. Suitable for a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and mixed media.
Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas: Available in 11 different sizes, these 21mm depth canvases are made with pure 335gsm/11.8oz cotton. This range is prepared with 3 layers of white gesso primer and has a medium-grain finish.
Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Artists’ Linen Canvas: Available in 7 different sizes, these 21mm depth canvases are made with pure 320gsm/11.3oz flax linen. This range is prepared with clear primer resulting in a medium-grain finish, flatter than cotton.
Cass Art Cotton Canvas: Available in 11 different sizes, these pure 320gsm/11.3oz cotton canvases have been prepared with 3 layers of white gesso primer. They’re available in two depths: 19mm regular profile and 38mm deep edge profile.
RONAN MCGEOUGH – Professional Oil Painter and Cass Art Paint Specialist
“The Artists’ Exhibition Grade Quality Cotton Canvas has a nice medium grain tooth to it – not too smooth, not too rough – so it’s perfect for painting both fine details or working with a much rougher style. The fact that it’s prepared with three layers of highly opaque titanium dioxide gesso is really important for me as it creates a strong adhesion when applying the paint. From an aesthetic point of view, the three layers of primer ensures complete surface coverage, allowing my paintings to appear more vibrant too.”
Crop of painting from artist Ronan McGeough, using Cass Art Canvas
Cass Art Gesso is a universal primer for the preparation of surfaces to be painted, improving the adhesion of acrylic paint. It’s viscosity and titanium white concentration makes it particularly covering. Dries quickly, with a light matt finish. Permanent after drying with a strong and flexible film.
Cass Art’s Professional Quality Pencils and Pastels are produced from the finest pigments, housed in our iconic packaging designed by Pentagram they are soft and blendable with vibrant, lightfast colour.
Our Cass Art Watercolour Pencils are rich in pigment, smooth to use and a great colour range. Use them independently as pencils, combined with water for further blending or with other watercolour paints.
Cass Art Artists’ Fixative is a general purpose spray fixative. Suitable for charcoal, pastel, pencil and crayon. Acid-free and fast drying it’s the ideal product to protect your artworks – preventing smudging and retaining definition on pastel/charcoal works.
DRAWING AND PAINTING PADS
Cass Art Own Brand Paper Pads combine exceptional quality with outstanding value. Designed by leading agency Pentagram, our paper pads explore the mark-making of different mediums, revealing a fresh aesthetic on the front of the blank pages awaiting your own designs. From cartridge and marker pads to watercolour and oil the great variety of surface and size means that you will always have a pad to match your need – from painting on the go to large scale graphite drawings.
ANGUS HYLAND – Graphic Designer, Author, Creative Director, Partner at Pentagram and designer of the Cass Art Collection
“Each pad is based on the same simple idea; to represent the media directly on the cover. And so we started by asking artists their reasons for buying different papers; Why do you buy heavyweight cartridge? What can you do with it? Is it to draw on it, what medium can you use on it? Can wet mediums be used on it, is it better for drawing? What tooth does it have? Is it better for charcoal?
The challenge was to express a commonality that would connect the range. For example, the Smooth Hot Pressed Pad, has the same swashes of watercolour, but with cartridge it’s all sorts of things.So we chose to make the heavy weight red and all the regular weight black, then you have instant visual recognition – a type of coding system.“
The full Cass Art Collection
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