Plywood Boars painted at Taurus Crafts summer 2008 workshop programme.

5 boars, 5 workshops.


Zebra skin boar painted in Green Paint Gloss

Paint thrown direct from tin, splatted using balloons, splatted and poured, using reject emulsion paint.

Not all clothes left the workshop.

This boar was painted using Green Paint interior emulsion, using different mark making techniques from ranging from hands, forks, sticks and paint brushes.

This ID boar was painted using Dulux exterior emulsion. It includes hand and finger prints, clothing fragments, signed names, self portraits, and strands of hair of all the painters. A lot of people were uncertain about leaving their hair on the work - I didn't insist. It was clear that leaving organic fragments of self, represented a hugely stronger sense of personal security concern than leaving name, hand print or even photo. Which struck me as surprisingly irrational. Even handling other people's trimmed hair was widely concerning.

The question is which paint will survive the elements best. It's the first time I've used Green Paints and was impressed at how hard it was to get off my hands so I'm very hopeful. The price difference between Dulux's petro chemical paint and Green Paint's soya oil derivitive paints has never been smaller. I shall also prepare another boar using Dulux gloss,  I'll update here giving durability reports if I remember.

Autumn 2010. The boar have all survived the two years + remarkably well. The main damage has been the thick ply I used for the back legs as a counter balance has started to split, I might have accidently used an interior grade. To my surprise the masonary paint shows little colour fade and is holding onto the wood well, so too with the Green Paint and Dulux glosses. The boar painted in interior Green Paint emulsion shows quite strong colour fade, but that's not surprising since it has been outside, it has held onto the wood well though.

The boar splatted in reject emulsion is holding onto the ply, and showing little colour fade. It was an interior grade German emulsion I believe. It is very hard on hands bringing me out in skin rashes so extra care needs to be used when using it, but, it seems to be well robust.

September 2012. After 4 years I'm amazed the boar are still standing. The Green Paint interior emulsion has suffered extreme colour fade but is still protecting the plywood underneath. The Green Paint exterior has faded slightly. The Dulux exterior emuslsions have lasted pretty well, minor colour fade but still holding onto the wood. But the best paint was the German reject emulsion that came from the scrap store and brings most people out in a skin rash, it has suffered no discernable colour fade at all, wow. 

2014, the boars are on their last wobbly legs but still looking relatively good. I guess the primer was primarily the defender against water penetration, while all the top coats protected the primer from the elements. But gradually all have lost the battle to keep water out of the layers of ply in the ankles. the interior paints all colour faded dramatically, apart from the German emulsion which really held colour strong although they started out slightly muted and unambitious in colour vibrancy. But Green Paints also fared well.