Reverse Painting on Glass and Plexiglass


A painting with high gloss and alot of depth

this lens' photo

Reverse painting on glass and plexiglass offers a way to paint with great depth and high gloss. Of coarse we are all familiar with painting on canvas and some may be aware of painting on hardboard or wood. What many might not be aware of is painting on glass, let alone on the reverse side! As you can see from the photo on the left, this painting had a depth and incredible depth you only have on a reverse painting like this.

This is a challenging technique. It requires an artist to work in reverse. So the items you would put in a painting last in the forground, you must put first. The back ground does not go on until the last step.


Old Technique


Old Washington DCThis vintage painting of the Library of Congress dates back to at least the 1940’s. Reverse painting on glass is certainly not a new technique and it is been practiced for a long time. Before the 1950’s, it was certainly done with oil paints as acrylic paints where not yet available. In modern times, abstract works can be done and they are quite striking in appearance.


Abstract Modern art on Plexiglass


Abstract reverse paintingTwo things to mention here. First the reverse painting technique is great for modern abstract art. The paint layers can be discerned better in person. The depth is quite impressive with contrasting bright and vibrant colors.

Second, the traditional breakable glass can be replaced with Lexan, or more commonly known as plexiglass. The painting in the photo. was painted on clear acrylic sheet.


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