Latest Installment of Blackest Black Paint Revealed


The paint pigment war is raging on with yet another installment of blackest black paint.

British artist Stuart Semple and his team have created what he calls “a black hole in a bottle”—a black matte paint that absorbs 98-99 percent of visible light.

What is Even Happening?

In March 2016, another British artist, Anish Kapoor (known for works such as “The Bean” in Chicago), brokered a deal with Surrey Nanosystems, the creator of Vantablack, originally used for military or astronomy equipment, to be the only artist to work with Vantablack.

Vantablack—the world’s blackest black—absorbs 99.96 percent of light.

The art world, including Semple, was outraged at the exclusivity of the product and Semple set to work making various other paints and pigments including the Pinkest Pink (and other color iterations of the name), color changing paints, a cherry-scented black paint and several other variations of a “blackest black.”

What Now?

Semple took to YouTube on Jan. 29 to announce that his newest creation, Black 3.0, is out of beta testing and is ready to be put on the market.

“The problem with existing black pigments is they are all slightly reflective (carbon is the most common and if you think of coal or charcoal you'll know it has a shine to it), so we created a whole new pigment in the lab and we call it 'Black Magick’—it is born matte!” Semple says.

“This means that the mattifiers we used in Black 2.0, which added a tiny grey tint, are no longer needed, making a way blacker looking paint! We've also managed to formulate a new acrylic polymer to hold the pigment; it's special because it has more available bonds than any other acrylic polymer being used in paints. This means it can cling onto way more pigment, leading to a really dense pigment load and a depth of color not previously possible. We have sourced some brand new nano-mattifiers which we have added; these flatten out the last bits of stray light without compromising color.”

All of that new technology, though, means that Semple and his crew cannot manufacture the paint in-house.

So, they launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter where artists can pre-order their paint and effectively pay for the manufacturing.

Sure enough, within 38 hours the goal of $32,394 was met, and by the time this article was written, the campaign has raised $210,408 with more than 3,600 backers.

All of those supporting the campaign are receiving a variety of product bundles that include the Black 3.0 paint.

As long as they sign an agreement, of course, that it will never ever find its way to Anish Kapoor.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Color; Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Pigments

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