From the very beginning, man always had urged to express himself through different modes of expressions. And, Painting is one of the most artistic modes to express creativity. The pre historic man started painting approximately 40,000 years ago and captured his creative vision in the form of cave paintings. The meanings and purpose of some of those paintings are still unknown. These are some cave paintings from the ancient world portraying animals, beasts, hand impressions and some abstract patterns.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka,
__Rock paintings, Stone Age, India*
The ancient artwork found inside 11 caves
in Northwestern Spain*
Bison, in the great hall of policromes,
Cave of Altamira, Spain*
Cueva de las Manos(Spanish for Cave of the Hands) inSantaCruz province in Argentina, c.550 BC*
But, acrylic paintings have a very brief history compared to other visual art mediums like watercolor and oil because it evolved in the late 1940s. Before that artist mainly used watercolors, oil paints, fresco, tempura colors for realistic paintings.
An acrylic paint was a new medium, which was easy to use, quick drying, bold and could be transparent or opaque depending on the amount of water or oil that was used for dilution. It was easy to mix, provided different textures and consistencies when mixed with sand, water and other elements in the paint. It became an ideal medium for bold art that sought hard-edged flat images and distinct use of line.
Acrylic paints. *Reff- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_painting