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   Angelus Shoe Polish was not even a dream when the young Greek immigrant, Paul T. Angelos, arrived at Ellis Island.  Making his way to Chicago, Paul shined shoes and saved enough money to go to Los Angeles.  After arriving in Los Angeles penniless, he secured a job at a large shine stand.  Paul saved enough money to open his own shine stand.  Through hard work and long hours, he was able to send money for his brothers, George and Louie, to join him.  Soon there were 14 employees and three shine stands; Sixth Street – opposite the Hayward Grill, Fifth Street – opposite the Alexandria Hotel, and one next door to The Pantages Theater.  After being crowned, “King of the Bootblacks”, Paul was able to make the return trip to Greece to marry his sweetheart.  Many years later, Paul would tell his grandchildren what an experience it was to return to Greece on the Ocean Liner, Mauritania First Class, which was the same ship that brought him Steerage to American years before.  How fortunate his family was to be able to come to this country where freedom, success, and happiness were possible through honesty and hard work.

   Arriving back in Los Angeles with his bride, the decision was made to start making a few items to use on their shine stands.  Soon, other bootblacks started wondering what the Angelos boys were using on their shine stands and started asking where they could buy some.  The demand for Angelus products started to grow until the poor kitchen stove could not keep up with demand.  A small shop was then opened on Winston Street.  The brothers, cousins, and brother-in-laws, all split time between their shine stands and their new manufacturing plant.  It was not long before the plant demanded full time attention.  The decision was made to sell the shine stands and devote all their energies into making shoe polish. Some of the family worked in the plant while others took to the road where they covered the country with their sample cases.  When necessary, they rolled up their shirt sleeves and worked in the repair shops or shined shoes to demonstrate the quality of the Angelus products.  In 1917, the Angelus trademark was registered.  In 1924, a new five-story plant was built on Maple Avenue in Los Angeles.  In the early 1930’s, Paul’s son George joined the family business on a full time basis.  Demand continued to grown for the Angelus products throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s.

   At the end of World War II in 1947, with most of the principles of the business reaching well into retirement age, a decision was made to sell the business.  The Angelos “boys” retained the building so the new owner of Angelus, moved to the former Santa Cola bottling plant in Culver City California.  Many changes were made to Angelus, sadly none for the good.  The new owners felt that more money should be made and why use the expensive ingredients in the shoe polish.  As a result, a good business with a reputation for unmatched quality and service was brought down to almost nothing.

   In 1953, Paul and his son George bought back Angelus Shoe Polish.  They went to what they knew best – honesty, quality, and hard work.  Any merchandise that was defective was taken back and refunds or new product delivered.  Sid Solomon, their salesman would question Paul, “You cannot take back this much merchandise, especially products that you did not even make!”  Paul’s reply, “It has our name on it and we will make it good.  It matters little who actually made it!”  As a young boy, my first job at Angelus was working beside my father and grandfather washing out hundreds of thousands of bottles of returned merchandise.  We were the only plant employees.  Finally after mastering the art of bottle scrubbing, I graduated to packing and mixing.  The only equipment we had in those days was the cooling tunnel for paste polish, one old noisy cream mixer, a few tanks, and wooden paddles for mixing.  Filling the product was done with a hose and funnel.  Capping was done by blistered hands.  Slowly but surely the demand for Angelus grew again.  Soon additional machines were bought and employees hired.  Angelus remained in Culver City for 59+ years before moving to a larger facility in Santa Fe Springs, California.

   Today, as the last original shareholder of Angelus Shoe Polish, I am as proud of our product and reputation as my grandfather was the first time he touched his fingers to a can of polish, shined a pair of shoes, and was flipped a dime for a job well done.  It is my promise to all my family that have been involved at Angelus Since 1907, that we will not compromise the basic principles on which our company was founded:  Honesty, Hard Work, Quality Products, and Great Service.



ArtResin is non-toxic (when used as directed) so it's not bad for your health like other resins. No VOCs. No fumes. No solvents. Non-flammable. Non-hazardous. Conforms to ASTM D4236 (Safe for Home Use when used in a well ventilated area). 

ArtResin is chemically engineered to offer the
most efficient yellowing
protection on the market. Its advanced stabilization additives provide superior, long-term clarity.

ArtResin is self-levelling, its 1:1 mixing ratio is user-friendly and we offer a million easy how-to videos. Almost a million :)

Designed to look gorgeous and    be strong and durable.       Clear. Glossy. Shiny. Thick. Solid. Hard. Pro. ArtResin increases the attractiveness and value of whatever it's used on!

Art Spectrum

Art Spectrum® manufacturers the finest artists’ colours including: oils, watercolours, gouache, pastels, inks, mediums, primers, including pads & visual diaries to supply the education market.

Founded in Melbourne by David Keys Snr, an artist and RMIT lecturer, Art Spectrum® has grown to be the leading Fine Art brand in Australia, manufacturing Oil Colours, Watercolours, Gouache, Pastels, Inks, Primers, Mediums, Varnishes and Solvents. We are renowned for our unique Australian colours and our traditional European methods.

Art Spectrum® also has a comprehensive range of supporting products that complement any artists’ requirements which include the world’s first pastel surface paper Colourfix™, canvas and stretcher bars, papers and pads, brushes, painting and palette knives.

It originated as a co-op run by a group of local painters who sourced knowledge and machinery required to produce materials that would meet the needs of the local art community.

AUREUO starts with the letter A. A for arts. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. We treasure creativity and try everything to inspire new ideas inside of people.

Aves Products enable artists to design, create, build & restore at extraordinary levels for over 35 years. Our self-hardening, synthetic clays & maches offer the highest quality & performance available. We invite you to experience our products for yourself… Let Your Imagination Soar!

Unlimited Uses: Arts & Crafts, Action Figures, Original Sculpting, Impressions, Mosaic Work, Toy/Doll Repair, Model Horses, Trains, Planes & Automobiles, Antique Restoration, Home Repairs, Mending, Filling & Bonding, Boats/Cars, Model Making, Outdoor Displays, Scenery, Dioramas, Special Effects, Props, Museum Exhibits, Wildlife Art, Antler Repairs, Detailed Finishing, Woodcarving, Statue Work, School Projects, Prototypes, Jewelry, Aquariums, Theme Parks, Industry & Much More!

Badger Air Opaque

Quality and affordable airbrushes and supplies, made in the USA! 

Badger Air-Brush Co. has embraced the philosophies of high quality, good value, and superior service since their inception over forty-five years ago. From the people they employ to the products they manufacture, Badger’s dedication to excellence and quality is unmatched.

Every Badger product, at every stage of production, is created with pride and dedication. Each Badger airbrush component is machined to exacting standards, assembled carefully by hand and then tested in use to assure that it not only meets their high standards, but exceeds your expectations. Badger's research and development teams consistently experiment with new product ideas and designs in order to meet the changing needs and interests of airbrushers of all levels for every purpose

For artists who demand vibrant color and consistent results. Air-Opaqueª offers an exciting range of pre-reduced, colorfast, waterbased, non-toxic colors, pearlescent colors and the option of mixing pearlescent white with colors to create a pearl effect. Used by illustrators and fine artists, they are formulated for use with airbrushes, technical pens (not recommended with pearlescents), and paint brushes for use on paper, illustration board and canvas. Air-Opaqueª is formulated to make clean up of tools quick and easy. Air-Opaqueª is available in individual 1oz. (30ml) bottles, or in sets of seven colors. Air-Opaqueª cleaner is available in 1oz. (30ml) easy-dispensing bottles.
PRIMARY SET (#701): Crimson, Yellow, Blue, Green, Brown, Black and White.
SECONDARY SET (#702): Scarlet, Magenta, Orange, Violet, Indigo, Aqua and Turquoise.
PEARL SET (#704): Pearl Silver, Pearl Bronze, Pearl Yellow, Pearl Green, Pearl Gold, Pearl Blue and Pearl Red.

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Over 450 years of experience gives us unique expertise and know-how. Our ambition is to offer all artists products of the highest quality that inspire and give them confidence. And all our customers recognize us this excellence of quality.

Created in 1557 by the Montgolfier family, the evolution and destiny of Canson ® are closely linked to the history of France and the history of art. Anchored in tradition, it respects the inheritance and the requirements to always deliver to the consumer a paper of excellence.


Innovation is part of the company's genes. The Montgolfier invent the first hot air balloon in 1782. But they are primarily paper manufacturers. The company, over the centuries, creates many manufacturing processes such as the Dutch stack to shear the cloth, mass coloring to get a paper color even in the heart ... They also innovate with the wove paper and then the tracing paper in 1809. Canson ® obtained in 1865 a patent for a photographic paper which simplifies the printing operations.

Canson ® continues to offer products that are more in line with consumer expectations: school bags, technical drawings, art editions, papers for photography and digital art publishing ...


As early as 1926, Canson ® set up a subsidiary in New York. This is the beginning of a strong internationalization. Canson ® is now present in nearly 150 countries worldwide and world leader in fine art paper.


Canson ® is a mark of excellence. But we are also a company that seeks simple answers to the needs of our consumers whether they are professional artists or schoolchildren 


Note: Prices and Availability are subject to change without prior notice.

If the item you ordered is out-of-stock, you will receive an out-of-stock email notice and the item will be removed from your order. Please note that you will not be charged for any out of stock items. You will only be charged for items that will be shipped.


Established in 1993 the CONDA Group is now the leading art material supply company in China with distributors in more than 100 countries.The CONDA philosophy is simple - we aim to deliver a “one stop” fine art solution to amateur and professional artists worldwide and also service all the requirements of hobbyists and crafters.

Our 66000 sq/mtr manufacturing base, modern art material factory in China, is located on Daxie Island 40 kilometers East of Ningbo City and 20 minutes from the international seaport. The factory is custom designed to produce easels, stretched canvas, brushes, portfolios, colors, etc. In addition CONDA has a totally independent factory manufacturing canvas in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

We also have an important Research and Development team that leads our industry with new product ideas and we are particularly proud that new R&D products currently represent 10% of our sales. CONDA also offers a totally integrated sourcing and product development service.

Logistics and communication is a very important part of our business and we have developed our own systems to monitor every order received, communicate manufacturing lead times and supervise dispatch dates – this department is managed by a team of multi lingual executives.

The CONDA brand name is registered in over 30 countries – we are an ISO 9001 approved company - we listen to what our customers require and this is what makes Conda the best manufacturer of art materials in China.

CONDA should always be YOUR FIRST CHOICE !

Createx Colors
Createx Airbrush Colors are the number one, most widely used and trusted professional airbrush paint in the world. Made with light-fast pigments and durable resins, Createx Airbrush Colors are available with an airbrush paint instruction guide & usage chart. Works on fabric, wood, leather, canvas, plastics, aluminum, metals, ceramic, clay, poster board, brick, plaster, latex, glass and more. Colors are water-based, non-toxic and meet ASTM D-4236 standards.

Colors include Opaque, Transparent, Fluorescent, Pearlized and Iridescent Colors.Createx Airbrush Colors are designed for permanent results with a soft-hand feel on fabrics. Colors cure with the assistance of heat after drying.

The use of heat to cure colors is one of the main differences between Createx Airbrush Colors and Wicked & Auto Air Colors which cure to a much stronger film with air drying alone (referred to as self-cross linking). Createx are made with exterior-grade (automotive) pigments allowing them to withstand prolonged exposure to direct, outdoor light without fading. For maximum permanence, a top-coat should be applied over the paint after curing.
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith is the Innovative Manufacturer of Beautiful Watercolors and Oils for Artists’ Worldwide. From being the first manufacturer to make the high-performance Quinacridone pigments into artists’ paints, to the development of the exciting PrimaTek and Luminescent Watercolors and Oils, Watercolor Grounds, Watercolor Sticks and the newest line, artist-quality Water Soluble Oils, Daniel Smith has been the leader in developing creative tools for Artists.

Making beautiful, innovative, and high-quality artists paints, which perform consistently from tube to tube, year after year, makes DANIEL SMITH paints the choice for artists’ worldwide.


A Brief History

Since 1964 Derivan has been committed to providing the arts community with the world's finest-quality artist acrylic colours and mediums. The founders of the company had a vision "to make available to artists worldwide a premium paint, whilst remaining environmentally and socially responsible". This was to be achieved while still maintaining the quality and personal touch that only a family company can provide. We have succeeded in just that, and Derivan has consequently grown from a tiny affair (operating out of stables in Sydney's inner city) to the multinational operation that it is today. With manufacturing sites spanning 3 continents, we have not lost sight of the fact that at the end of the day, we are here to provide the finest products that can be made, guided by the requirements of our customers. This is our promise to you, the artist, and is realised in our Matisse range of premium acrylics and mediums, all made to the highest standards to ensure not only the most brilliant and pure results, but a safety in the knowledge that your work will not crack, fade, or change over time in any way.

Derivan Innovations

In the Derivan range of school products, we produced a world-first in the 1960s - "student grade acrylic" - then successfully introduced completely non-toxic screen inks and block inks where previously inks containing toxic solvents were the only choice.

In the 1970s it came to our attention that our children's paint was being used to paint children's faces at fairs and school fetes. Although the paint was non-toxic, it was not formulated for prolonged use on the skin, so Derivan set about formulating another world-first: Face and Body Paint, which has seen increasing sales ever since!

Into the 21st century Derivan is as committed to new and exciting innovations as ever. Our Liquid Pencil formula is completely unique, and offers a number of advantages over traditional pencils and inks. Our brand-new Dry Mediums range provides a new and flexible way for artists to experiment with a practically unlimited variety of textural effects.

Community Support

Derivan is an equal opportunities employer. Derivan is constantly involved with and supports both local community and charity, and art promotion projects across Australia and the world. Derivan is at the forefront of employing environmentally sound practices both in the manufacturing of the products and in the products themselves.

See also our dedicated Sustainability web page.

What's In A Name?

The name Derivan originated from an early period in our history, in the mid 1960’s, when the company entrusted with registering our initial trademark name returned to us and explained that the originally chosen name was “unavailable” in some countries, in other words a similar name was already registered or in some cases patent laws in place prevented it from being registered. They suggested that it would be prudent to choose a few “derivatives” to give their company some lee-way in the patent registration process.

To satisfy the trademark attorneys - the initials of the team in the office at that time were put in a “hat” and from it drew out the letters that would inspire them to come up with a distinctively individual (and registrar-able) name. That name became “Derivan” – a word that meant or had reference to nothing in particular, neither someone’s nor a place’s name; in essence, a unique and without comparison word.
A word that would conform with the restrictions of patent laws encountered in the process. A word that would echo the creative nature of that initial vision shared by a group of artists to make available a high grade of paint products, manufactured by artists for artists.

The name "Matisse" itself was originally only the project name for a product range in development at the time, which came about because one of the first people to get involved was obsessed with the work of Henri Matisse - the name stuck!


For generations, artists have chosen and trusted the Derwent® brand for art materials around the world. With a proud heritage dating back to 1832, Derwent’s innovation comes from a deep understanding of artists. Derwent appreciates that their needs and aspirations may change over their artistic life, and with this in mind has produced a range of art materials that span from the first colouring pencil to the highest professional quality products ­– the majority of which are made in their British manufacturing plant in The Lake District, Cumbria, in the UK.

Quality, craftsmanship and innovation are key cornerstones of the Derwent brand. This is achieved by setting stringent quality control in the production of all products across a wide array of art categories. Perfecting the art of pencil manufacturing in the Lake District over generations, Derwent’s wide range of pencils is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. Artistry is threaded through the core of every Derwent product, delivering world-class artists’ materials at every stage of the creative journey.

Derwent is excited to announce that 2017 will see the rollout of the new brand strategy which gives a clear segmentation of the ranges, supporting Derwent’s vision of bringing to market art materials at every stage of the creative journey. Derwent’s new marketing communications will also carry the strapline ‘Drawn to Perfection,’ which captures the essence of the historic brand and its commitment to the creation of innovative high quality art materials.

The involvement and collaboration of artists is fundamental to Derwent, featuring work from international artists on its full range of products, as well as representing consumers’ opinions in focus groups thereby reaffirming their long-standing commitment to the art and hobbyist community. Recently, a new selection of Artists pencils was launched, as a result of numerous requests from artists who needed a range of white and black pencils which could offer a spectrum of hues and tones. In summary, Derwent seeks to give consumers, above all else, a highly personalized experience which meets their individual artistic requirements.


Elmer's has been producing the most well known line of consumer adhesives for over sixty-five years.

Today, Elmer's offers a complete line of adhesives for school, craft, home & office and repair, as well as a line of presentation materials including foam boards and project display boards.

At Elmer's, our mission is to help people create, build and learn for life. From teachers to woodworkers, and DIY'ers to Crafters, Elmer's has a product line specially designed to meet changing consumer needs and to help ensure successful results.

Elmer's is a company rich in history and tradition.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Elmer's, the company that invented school glue, has been producing the most well-known line of consumer glue and adhesives for over six decades.

The company was originally part of the Borden® Company, which introduced the first consumer white glue in 1947. Under the trade name "Cascorez Glue," the glue was packaged in glass bottles with "ice cream pop" type wooden sticks attached with a rubber band. Shortly thereafter, the glue was repositioned under the name "Elmer's Glue-All" after Elmer, the spouse of Borden's famed corporate symbol, Elsie the cow.

Faber Castel

Faber-Castell, established in 1761 by the cabinet maker Kaspar Faber (1730-1784), is one of the oldest industrial companies in the world.  The company is the world’s leading manufacturer of wood-cased pencils with a varied range of products for writing, drawing and creative design, as well as decorative cosmetics.  Faber-Castell is renowned for its high quality, innovative products, commitment to tradition, and environmental awareness.

Lothar von Faber (Fourth generation, 1817-1896) took over the family business in 1839.  He is remembered, in particular, as a pioneer of the branded article who in creating his own brand name set a new standard that became a yardstick – not just for this line of business, but also for the generations who later headed the company. “From the start I was determined to raise myself to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the world.” 

Today the eighth generation family member Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, who took over as head of the company in 1978, has been instrumental in new product development and the expansion of international activities.  Count Faber-Castell takes delight in rediscovering products from the past and recreating them with timeless design and modern technology. 

In 1999, Faber-Castell acquired Creativity for Kids, the leading U.S. specialty manufacturer of creative activity products for children of all ages and moved their U.S. headquarters to Cleveland, Ohio. The very next year, the company introduced Premium Children’s Art Products, originally known as Faber-Castell’s Red Range of art supplies for children or the Playing & Learning Line in the United States.  The products were enjoying huge success around the world, but had not been introduced into the U.S. market which was only familiar with the Faber-Castell Professional Artist Products and writing pencils.  The Creativity for Kids acquisition opened up the potential for further worldwide growth of the Creativity for Kids brand and helped facilitate the entry of the Premium Children’s Art Product line into the U.S. specialty toy market.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Faber-Castell USA is part of the Faber-Castell family of companies that was founded in Stein, Germany. Under the direction of CEO Jamie Gallagher, Faber-Castell USA offers children and adults a wide array of quality branded products with true points of difference through its “Companion for Life” Portfolio. After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jamie began what is now a more than 30 year career in the children’s products industries. For sixteen years he was a key sales and marketing team member with LEGO working both in the US and Canadian markets. He then continued the trend of working with high quality, privately held toy brands by serving as head of Playmobil USA. In the summer of 2003, Jamie assumed his current role as President and CEO of Faber-Castell USA. Jamie has remained very active within the Toy Industry of America where he has served as a Board member, Executive Committee member, and Committee Chair for more than 10 years.

In 2004 Faber-Castell USA moved to a new facility in Cleveland, with a larger warehouse space to accommodate increased activity as a distribution center with the majority of production shifting overseas. Within a consistently competitive U.S. market, the company has sustained growth by concentrating on incremental sales opportunities, fine-tuning the various product lines, and an emphasis on delivering great service.

2011 was a milestone year for Faber-Castell USA as it launched its new brand, Design Memory Craft and celebrated both the 250th Anniversary of Faber-Castell and 35 years of Creativity for Kids – the acquired brand created by two women, Phyllis Brody and Evelyn Greenwald, who believed in the power of creativity in children's lives.  This conviction came from their own childhood play experiences, those of their children and the many workshops and classroom programs that brought them into contact with children around the world.  It began with what they called the “turkey syndrome” – a term they coined based on their children’s classroom art activity (a traced handprint) during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday season. Although a cute decoration idea, they thought it resulted in too much uniformity in an activity where uniqueness was the goal.  It was their opinion that children do need to learn to follow rules and conform in many areas, but when it comes to “art” individuality should be encouraged.  Their anti- cookie-cutter, paint-by-number approach became a key attribute in the development of Creativity for Kids. 

Today Faber-Castell operates 14 production sites in 10 countries, markets its products through 25 sales/distribution organizations and is represented in 120 different countries.  In addition, Creativity for Kids is represented in 50 countries around the world. The Creativity for Kids brand continues its well-deserved reputation as a consistent provider of quality, innovative, and thoughtful products for children that consist of both classic and trendy creative activities. Today, many Creativity for Kids products include Faber-Castell art supplies as components that enrich the creative experience. Creativity for Kids craft kits have received many awards from organizations such as Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Dr. Toy, The National Parenting Center, ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and the TIA (Toy Industry Association), plus recognition in national publications such as Parents Magazine and Good Housekeeping.

Faber-Castell USA is proud of its longevity and what it represents – consistent delivery of a quality experience in all areas of business. More than 150 years after the company’s first appearance in the United States, Lothar von Faber’s legacy is nicely summed up in his own statement, “From the start I was determined to raise myself to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the world.  
Faber-Castell USA is committed to staying true to this vision of quality, tradition, and innovation now and in the future.



Fabriano works to create paper and paper-made objects of an excellent quality, as regards the environment and its centuries-old historical tradition. We work with passion, skill and style built over time, and we choose materials and workmanship that are exclusively Italian. All the forests that provide the wood-pulp for our paper are controlled and properly managed to ensure the new growth of the trees, and our production processes respect the current environmental norms, often exceeding them in rigour when we work with paper certified ECOLABEL. 

Fabriano Boutique and its group are concerned about nature and environment. Many, in fact, efforts to develop more facilities and structures in order to reduce the risks and impacts on the environment and to ensure high safety at the workplace. The basic principle of environmental policy Fabriano Boutique is to make efficient use of resources and to be friendly with th environmentally natural starting from the water and the forests. In addition, Fabriano Boutique, requires its suppliers the same attention to the environment, and especially by those who supplied the fibrous raw materials from wood to forestry origin. 

Fabriano Boutique and its group are concerned about nature and environment. Many, in fact, efforts to develop more facilities and structures in order to reduce the risks and impacts on the environment and to ensure high safety at the workplace. The basic principle of environmental policy Fabriano Boutique is to make efficient use of resources and to be friendly with th environmentally natural starting from the water and the forests. In addition, Fabriano Boutique, requires its suppliers the same attention to the environment, and especially by those who supplied the fibrous raw materials from wood to forestry origin.

Gamblin Artist Colors

About Gamblin Artists Colors

At Gamblin, our mission is to lead oil painting and printmaking into the future. To us this means crafting materials as they ought to be, not just as they have been. Our luscious colors and contemporary mediums are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent.

Gamsol has freed a generation of artists from exposure to strong solvents. In collaboration with the National Gallery we brought painters Gamvar, the perfect picture varnish. With our FastMatte colors, artists can take their paintings further, faster than ever before.

I have always wanted to give artists color at its maximum with a luscious texture. A texture that readily responds to an artist’s intention and handles beautifully. A color reaches its maximum when the pigment has been developed to the highest emotional resonance for that color. There is so much more to our work than fine raw materials and high pigment loads. At Gamblin, we are forging together the right balance of pigment, oil, history, science and emotion. All twenty of us are dedicated to getting that balance right. Every color. Every batch. Every time.

We also believe in giving artists more and asking for less. Artists deserve to be able to use color freely, without hesitation or reservation. And to get in the flow of their painting, unencumbered by expectations or doubt. This is the other half of our work, helping artists select and master the materials best suited to their artistic intentions. We are the first colorhouse to build and organize our palette entirely around the needs of today’s painters.

Since our founding in 1980, we have been guided by our community of artists, our own studio work and insights from our work and dialogue with museums around the world. Our Conservation Colors have been used to restore works by Van Eyck, Da Vinci and Van Gogh. But foremost, we are here to serve today’s painters. We are honored to be your colorhouse and we look forward to working with you.

Golden Artist Colors

Bocour Artist Colors, 1950s


At the height of the depression in the 1930s, Sam Golden joined his uncle Leonard Bocour as a partner in Bocour Artist Colors. Leonard and Sam produced hand-ground oil colors for artists. The shop on 15th Street in Manhattan became a hangout for artists from the 1930s through the early 1950s. Artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Jack Levine would go to the shop to visit with Leonard, talk to Sam and get paint.

Sam at Bocour Creating First Acrylic


During one visit an artist gave Sam a honey like resin and asked if it could be made into paint. Sam recognized that this idea would require experimentation as the early batches of the new paint seemed to dry before the paint was applied. Between 1946 and 1949, and after much trial and error, the first artist acrylic paint was ready for production. One of the earliest artists to use the paint "Magna", was Morris Louis. Sam eventually developed a more popular waterborne version of the acrylic, "Aquatec." He continued to refine the chemistry of acrylic paints working with artists for the next 20 years to find what worked and what did not.

Golden Artist Colors Begins in 1980


After 30 years in the paint making business, Sam retired and moved to picturesque New Berlin, New York. Sam planned to fish and golf, but quickly grew bored with retirement and found himself "going to the barn to make paint for friends." At the age of 67 Sam decided to come out of retirement.

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. began in June of 1980 in a 900 square foot, renovated barn. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark and daughter-in-law Barbara Golden along with partner Chuck Kelly, founded a new company that would embody Sam's dedication to professional artists, work Sam described as simply "making tools for artists."

The first four years were financially challenging. Sam and Adele used every resource they had to keep the business alive. Mark took weekly trips to New York City to sell products to artists and continue the conversation that had made Bocour so successful.

The business began to succeed with very loyal support the product was gaining from professional artists. 

GOLDEN Expands in 1985


In 1985, the addition of a factory to the original cow barn gave the company 6,200 square feet of space. As the building grew, so did product lines. The original Heavy Body and Iridescent Acrylics grew to include Fluid, Matte and Interference Acrylics.

GOLDEN Celebrates 10th Anniversary


As the GOLDEN brand gained respect in the artist community, more and more retail stores began to sell GOLDEN product. To meet the growing demand another addition to the corporate headquarters was completed in 1990. The 13,000 square foot expansion added office, production and inventory space as well as a gallery. In July 1990, Golden Artist Colors celebrated its tenth anniversary and Sam Golden's 50th anniversary of paint making.

The company received many local and national awards including the 1991 Business Arts Award by the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Arts. Mark Golden received the 1996 Small Business Person of the Year from the US Small Business Administration, Golden Artist Colors was featured on the NBC Nightly News as a successful small business. In 1998 Mark Golden was selected by Fortune Magazine to appear in a video series on small business.

Sam Golden Passes Away in 1997


GOLDEN added 31,000 square feet to the facility in 1997 and took down the "old barn". But the surge in growth, sales and employees that year was eclipsed by sadness when Sam Golden died at age 82, on March 11, 1997. Sam left behind a legacy of participation in the creative process of artists and their materials.

GOLDEN Becomes Employee Owned in 2002


Golden Artist Colors, Inc. became an employee owned company in 2002 and in 2010, employees became the majority owners of the company. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN product is still created on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin using the highest standards for consistency and quality.

OPEN Acrylics Launched in 2008


In 2008 Golden Artist Colors launched OPEN Acrylics, a new line of colors and mediums with exceptionally slow drying characteristics to allow artists to blend and rework acrylic paint in ways only possible previously with oils. OPEN introduces a completely new opportunity for artists and represents the kind of product innovation and commitment to artists that Sam imparted on the company that bears his name.

GOLDEN Acquires Williamsburg Oil Colors


Golden Artist Colors assumes responsibility for realizing Carl Plansky's dream for truly unique oil paints and mediums that reflect not only the traditions of painting in Europe and North America, but the artist's passion that drives them forward. Carl himself claimed that only Golden Artist Colors could make oil paints with the integrity and style he envisioned and today Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors offers the largest palette of oil colors available.

Committed to Excellence


Today GOLDEN maintains a culture of individual excellence and community involvement. GOLDEN has sponsored "Paint Day," to provide the people who make paint the experience of painting, and "Kids Day" when kids come and see where their parents work and get to use the product. The "Seconds Program" offers paint that does not meet GOLDEN standards and offers it at little or no cost to employees, local artists and nonprofit organizations.

GOLDEN constantly strives to outdo itself by operating on three principles: 1) Make the best products, 2) Provide customers with the best service, and 3) Find people who can make the first two happen. These principles are the essence of Sam Golden's commitment to artists and their tools and they are how we hope to grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality. 




Since 1905, Grumbacher has been a brand trusted by students, professors, art conservationists, and professional artists throughout the US.  Max Grumbacher established his company’s humble beginnings by hand making brushes at his kitchen table in New York City.  By the 1960s Grumbacher became an art materials empire offering artists nearly every supply imaginable. Today, the Grumbacher brand is owned by Chartpak, Inc., a creative products company committed to adhering to the impeccable standards set by Max Grumbacher.  Chartpak Inc. welcomes the responsibility for ensuring Grumbacher’s continued legacy as an American tradition. We lead the way by setting strict standards of exemplary quality and consistent performance for our materials. Our standards of quality and excellence have resulted in the Grumbacher brand becoming an American tradition.

We take great satisfaction in knowing that artists trust our brand when creating their artwork. Our multi-media products, educational services, and online artists’ community (thalo) exemplify Grumbacher’s commitment to growing and adapting to the ever-changing environment of the fine and graphic art industries.

We take pride in being an American art material manufacturer and a leader in the industry.

Higgins inks have been made in America for over 140 years.  Our Eternal® and India Inks have served artists and writers since 1880.  While the origins of the Higgins brand go back even further to the days of the gold rush in the Western USA.  Higgins is now a brand of Chartpak, and are made at our plant in Leeds, MA


Where did Higgins Ink come from, and who invented it?  Two men who share equal credit for the existence of this world-famous ink.  

 Gold, Silver, and Ink!

 Higgins ink made its first appearance in the west during the gold rush era.  Rufus L. Higgins was an entrepreneur in Virginia City, Nevada — the center of the Comstock gold mining boom of the 1850s - the 1880s. He established several general stores starting in 1863 and purchased a soda mine in 1868, all of which served the ever-growing mining community of the Comstock load. During this time, Rufus created one of the few inks produced in the west and sold it in the only known customized embossed ink bottles in Virginia City.  There are no known formulas or patents for his ink, but it did very well in the region. He distributed his ink in the early 1870s through Pioneer Book Store, the only book store in the city. As more people flocked to the Gold and Silver mines in Virginia City, Rufus' business boomed. He expanded his offering to include stationery and music items, which complemented his ink. Soon after, misfortune replaced success when his store burned down in the great Virginia City fire of 1875. In 1876 he left Virginia City never to be heard from again.  Records for Rufus seem to end with his bankruptcy and the loss of his business.

 It's curious that Higgins American Indian ink was launched in 1880 by Charles Higgins, shortly after Rufus left Virginia City. Charles Higgins was a patent solicitor in Brooklyn, New York, during the time Rufus was operating his businesses in Virginia City. Charles would seek out usable inventor's ideas to patent. His inventions of the "American Indian ink" and the "Eternal Ink" were said to have happened while experimenting with dyes and inks at his sister's kitchen table. There is some speculation that the two Higgins ink men were related, and that Rufus had sold his formulas to Charles or worked with him to create the Higgins Ink Company. No known supporting documentation exists, however, and so the timing and common surname linking the two Higgins inks remains coincidental.

If Rufus was the first to sell Higgins ink, then it was Charles who patented and marketed the inks worldwide. The most popular periodicals of the day used Higgins Inks and recommended them to artists and others in the publishing industry.  Charles also used artists' testimonials to promote his inks, creating a niche in the art world that would take his brand across the globe to be the most well-loved India ink of its time.

 The Higgins Bottle

The bottles Rufus L. Higgins first used in Virginia City, Nevada are some of the rarest of ink bottles in the US. In 2001, one of the bottles sold at auction for $18,000. However, Charles' patented design has become the iconic shape and size ink bottle that has been used, with various revisions, into the 21st century. Charles died in 1929, and his son Tracy took over the business. Since then, it has changed hands several times until Chartpak, Inc. purchased the company from Sanford, who had converted the bottle to plastic and sold it under their Design line of art products. Chartpak restored the branding to the original Higgins name in 2007.   Even more updates are in store for the brand in 2020, including new lines of ink and a new look!

Jack Richeson & Co. Inc

A Family Business
Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. got its start on the third floor of an 1890s Victorian house in the Historic Old Third Ward of Appleton, Wisconsin.

"My wife let me utilize the living room, one bedroom and part of the kitchen to handle the inventory. When my son Darren graduated from college with his degree in finance, instead of following what could have been a brilliant career in 'Big Business', he chose to give it all up to take care of 'ole Dad.

My daughter, Kelly, joined the family in the accounting department and my son, Shawn, came to take over the beginnings of manufacturing and the warehouse after we moved the operation to our current building in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Soon after, my oldest daughter, Colleen, joined to handle sales and marketing and my son Michael came aboard with critical programming and IT skills. Shawn's wife, Kelly, had been involved in key positions in the company and now heads up our paint manufacturing department.

Colleen's daughter, Jackie, also decided to join the family business in 1995, and after short stints in shipping, receiving and customer service, has landed herself in the role of safety and compliance manager."

- Jack Richeson, CEO

Art School and Gallery

In November of 2004, we broke ground on a 25,000 square foot addition to our building, allowing us to make room for the Jack Richeson School of Art and Gallery. Our family has a collection of over two hundred paintings that are on display as part of a permanent, not-for-sale, collection. Then, one third of the gallery is reserved for well-known contemporary painters to exhibit their work. The last and most important third is for new and unknown painters. We want them to get exposure.

In the middle of the building is our classroom. We are proud to utilize local teachers to teach every variety of art. Every few months, we bring in a nationally known painter for a special workshop. We open the Art School for local painters to come in and paint, chat and talk about their work. We also offer the space to be used for meetings and business receptions. And this is only the beginning!

Legion Paper

We Are Paper

Making paper is an art. We represent centuries of tradition and mastery in fine art papers. Since our 1994 inception, we have traveled the globe searching for the finest papers from the finest manufacturers. To date, we offer more than three thousand existing papers from sixteen countries but our quest continues. Collaborating with some of the most legendary artists and renowned mills, we are known as the world's most relentless innovator in the art of papermaking. We constantly aim to be ahead of the curve. We listen to your needs and seek out new ways for you to enhance your work. We add value to creative work. We put vision into paper. We are paper.


The history of Legion Paper started in March 1994 in New York when art paper salesmen Michael Ginsburg and Len Levine decided to join forces. Combining their unique expertise, they vowed to play a pioneering role in the world of fine art paper. In the words of Joshua Levine, current CEO and son of co-founder Len Levine: “They had bigger eyes. They were at a point in their lives where they could just have decided to make a good living selling paper. Instead they chose to create something new, something impactful and everlasting.”


Such a mission entails never ending travel. In the nineties, Michael and Len traveled to centuries-old German mills, visited legendary Italian manufacturers, Nepalese villages at the foot of the Himalayas, handmade paper makers in the Northern regions of Thailand and mills on Japanese islands. They weren’t just traveling to bring paper home, they wouldn’t only limit themselves to selling what the mills were offering. Instead, they wanted to know what the mill was capable of making. Could these machines and handmade paper craftsmen make what the fine art market wanted?


This had been Ginsburg’s strategy from the start of his career. Since the early seventies, he has invested much of his time in listening to artists. He asked them: “What is your perfect paper? What does this ideal paper look like? What does it feel like? What color palette is desired?” With that information, Michael traveled to mills he knew had the capability of producing the best substrates. By trial and error, going back and forth between the mills and the artists, Ginsburg would come back with trials of paper his artists had asked for. Len, at the time Ginsburg’s competitor, was experimenting with new US-made 100% cotton papers for high-end fine art reproduction. So together, they set out to know exactly which mill was capable of making the papers they had in mind. This is still the method we use at Legion Paper. Half a century later, we still listen to the wishes of artists and seek out ways to make them come true.


Joshua Levine is convinced there isn’t a fine art paper mill in the world Legion doesn’t know of. “We represent more than 60 paper mills in sixteen countries. Some of our European mills have centuries-old expertise in the art of papermaking. The German Zerkall mill, for instance, dates back to the seventeenth century and produces some of the finest quality mould-made papers in the world. This mill created the letter invitations for Napoleon’s wedding to Marie-Louise of Austria. The 600 year old Italian Magnani mill, is said to have provided the paper on which Da Vinci made his storied sketches and paintings. As true paper connoisseurs, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

“Apart from having a fascinating history, the mills we work with have fascinating abilities, offering endless possibilities in paper making. Before our arrival many of them weren’t producing art papers. We collaborate with them to manufacture papers we designed. Nobody knows the capabilities of more fine paper mills than Legion. This is the only way to put the wishes of artists and designers into the reality of paper.”


Legion doesn't just source, distribute and sell paper. We love sharing our know-how. "We find ourselves at the intersection of paper mills, printmakers, artists, photographers, framers and many other creatives," says Joshua. "We function as a bridge between all of them. We have a unique position and make extensive use of it.”


“Deeply rooted in the art world, we do so much more than just represent paper mills”, says Ginsburg. “We want to enhance the art works of creative people, whether it’s a photographer, painter, designer or printmaker. We are proud to have designed papers that have enabled artists to create what they were limited in creating before.”

We don’t keep our expertise to ourselves. Get in touch with us. We love to share our passion for paper. For each specialty and exception, we are the solution. We're proud of our inventory of over three thousand papers. If we don't have what you need, we know where to find it. And if it doesn't exist, we will create it for you. That is what makes Legion the unique resource we are today.

Liquitex was the first water-based acrylic paint created in 1955 and since then we have partnered with artists to ensure that we continually evolve and innovate –resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation that includes:  
  • The first Acrylic Gloss and Matte Mediums.
  • The first lecture demonstration program in 1965, which continues today as The Fine Art Collective.                
  • The first removable acrylic varnish in 1967, which has evolved into today’s Soluvar Removable Varnish.     
  • The first paint to be labeled for ASTM standards, toxicity, quality and lightfastness.
  • The first value series acrylic paint available in the U.S.: Liquitex® Basics Acrylic Colors.
  • The first to manufacture "Hue" colors: offering alternatives to heavy metal and fugitive colors.
  • The first artist acrylic available in archival tubes: seven layers of plastic, paper and metal.
  • The first to create iridescent acrylic paint; acrylic enamels and a variety of innovative acrylic mediums including acrylic opaque extender mediums – Ultra Matte Fluid and Gel Mediums; among many others.
Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore their art and take it to new and unprecedented boundaries. With our innovative drive, our creative passion and our intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, Liquitex is and will continue to be a strong partner to help artists explore their art for decades to come. 

Some More Liquitex History
In 1955, a company in Cincinnati, Ohio named Permanent Pigments that had been milling oil colors since 1933 and run by a man named Henry Levison launched a new product. This new artists’ color was formulated with an acrylic polymer resin that was emulsified with water. The new color could go from thick to thin and everywhere in between; it would adhere to anything – from canvas to paper to metal to wood to plastic– and it dried quickly for easy re-working, layering, and masking. Most important, it could be thinned and cleaned up with water.Levison tried to come up with a name that captured the essence of the medium and the fact that it could go from fluid liquidity to heavy texture and everyplace else in between. The color was called liquid texture or Liquitex .

In 1862, the great-great-great-uncle of today's managing director, Dr. med. Franz Schoenfeld (born 1829), the artist paints and painting factory Dr. med. Ms. Schoenfeld in Dusseldorf. 

Since 1829, his father has been running a specialist shop for art materials in contrast to the traditional Düsseldorf Art Academy. A shop that still in 1902 boasted of being the "largest and oldest in its industry". Here Franz Schoenfeld discovered his interest in art and art materials.

He studied in Giessen and Heidelberg. Already as a 20-year-old, he earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked to expand his knowledge as an assistant at the University of London and in the Netherlands.

Significantly, he chose in 1896 for a new headquarters the location opposite the Dusseldorf paint box, then and still today international meeting place for painters, architects and writers.

In the beginning was the production of watercolor paints. Dr. Schoenfeld managed to transfer the advantage of the liquid watercolor paint - namely the fast color pick-up with the brush - into the recipe of the watercolors: the birth of the "wet watercolor". From the beginning, the company relentlessly focused on quality - without compromise. Only the best pigments and binders in artificially optimal formulations are used. The combination of consistent, high-quality workmanship guarantees a brilliant color brilliance and light fastness, and thus the best prerequisite for the durability of artworks over many generations. LUKAS artists' colors by Dr. Ing. Mrs. Schoenfeld always to the top qualities.

At the turn of the century 1900, a significant brand policy decision was made, which still characterizes the company's face: The patron saint of painters "Sankt LUKAS" became the namesake for all products from Dr. Haus. Mrs. Schoenfeld. Since that time, people speak of LUKAS artist colors. Even today, the symbol of the ST. LUKAS - adapted to contemporary tastes and graphic trends - the sign of the house.

As the interest in LUKAS artists' colors increased, the company moved into a new building in 1960 conveniently located on the outskirts of the city of Dusseldorf, where it can still be found today.

From the very beginning, the company was always owned by the founding family: in 1907, Paul Schoenfeld took over the company from his father and handed it over to his nephew Dr. in 1919 shortly before his death. Eduard Talbot. His successor was in 1957, his daughter Christa Heusgen-Talbot, in the footsteps of today's CEO Hubertus Heusgen in 1998.

One of the most well-known collaborators was Prof. Hans-Gert Müller, editor of the 12th to 15th edition of the important Max Doerner classic "Malmaterial and its use in the picture", the standard work of painting technique in German-speaking countries.

Thus, LUKAS products have always been at the forefront of technical developments, which is not least manifested in the fact that LUKAS was the first manufacturer on the European continent to produce artist acrylic paints in 1964. 

This and the constant pursuit of superior product quality has meant that over the centuries, well known artists have trusted the quality of LUKAS colors. So also Vincent van Gogh, who wrote in 1885 to his brother, he ordered color from Schoenfeld from Dusseldorf. Likewise, the Achenbach brothers wrote that they only needed paints from the house of Schoenfeld in their lives, because they were so extremely satisfied with them.

Just as modern painters and graphic artists like Josef Beuys, Hans-Georg Baselitz or the designers of the STELLA musicals trust in the superior quality of LUKAS. Quality products from LUKAS - that is a household name not only in Germany but in more than 50 countries worldwide, from Norway to South Africa, from Canada to Australia.

Magi Wap

Business philosophy:

Quality is the life, management is a benefit, the customer is god, the good faith is like this.

"Good faith" is the fine tradition of the Chinese nation, is also for many years in the United States the basic principle of working for advocacy of life. The help at the beginning of the objective is: make industry; Scientifically; To do business. Good reputation. Relies on "science and credibility" of the magic weapon, the formula was growing up, have weak strength, although the bumpy all the way on the way forward, through hardships, but still have elbowed, bold exploration, painting supplies industry outstanding position today. So said, "good faith" is the foundation of opie toward success, is also the future business.

"Customer value" is the core value of the brand. Focus on customer needs, meet customer desire, and constantly improve products and services to customers' actual benefit, is the basic principle of our business products, brand.

Focus on cost control, guard management risk, avoid blindly aggressive, the steady as a prerequisite for all development must.

Mission:Help mission: to art materials in business to help Chinese art culture career, striving for the construction of cultural power, promote the harmonious development of the world.Top MeiBang help vision: a global industry, leading industry of China.Values: esteem the basic faith and by the enterprise values are the enterprise employees the basic principle of work and life.
Help values in the United States: the cultural differences between person and person, MeiBang for respect the individual values and habits of the differences between traditional.

Enterprise spirit:
The help enterprise spirit: "we are willing to 1% improvement and night". Is to help make the guiding ideology of the modern enterprise. It refers to the meaning of us in every post, every thing ought to be conscientious, every work ought to be perfect, pay attention to every detail processing, continuous improvement, never stop. Set up a good enterprise, is a long-term and hard work, can't rely on the "master"; And a few "tips" can solve the problem. So, the pursuit of excellence in product quality and working quality, also is a constantly transcend, never-ending process.

1923 saw the birth of one of the very first factories in Italy to manufacture artists' paints and varnishes: Fratelli Maimeri. The company was founded on the combination of artistic interest and techniques of the painter, Gianni Maimeri (1884 - 1951) and his brother's chemical knowledge (Carlo Maimeri, 1886 - 1957). The project to set up an artists' paints factory and the preliminary agreements came about at the same time the original site was chosen. Thus the first experimental productions were carried out at the historical factory, (what was once the Mulino Blondel), in Barona on the outskirts of Milan. Later, on 27 January 1925, F.lli Maimeri S.A. was created in collaboration with Giovanni Ticozzi and Baron Silvio a Prato.

Production, thanks to excellent use of the newly emerging advertising strategies, soon became stable and regular. The first series of oil colours, the A SERIES was put on the market. The label already displayed the Maimeri tetrahedron, the factory's trademark which has remained almost unchanged since its conception, devised and drawn by Gianni Maimeri himself. The sudden growth of the company and the 1929 crisis, brought with them a series of financial problems for the two brothers who, having wound up the previous company, continued production under the trademark F.lli Maimeri & C. (1929) in collaboration with their new partner, Sante Faccini.

In brief, within the space of about ten years, F.lli Maimer was producing and distributing throughout the country five different series of oil, tempera and water colours, as well as powder pigments for artists, a series of around 25 auxiliary products (varnishes, oils, essences, mediums and thinners), boxes of paints, palettes and numerous other accessories. Immediately after the years of the depression, thanks also to the protectionist regime, the Italian chemical industry flourished, as did the new Maimeri company, In 1936, the company had to leave the old Blondel Mill factory, which had become too small, to move into Via Ettore Ponti, along the Carlesca irrigation channel.

The factory did not stop production when the war broke out, if anything the lack of any strong competition led to an increase in sales. What's more, production did not have to stop in the event of power shortages as the factory could use the energy produced by its own mill wheel. Another (and final) industrial undertaking of Gianni Maimeri, was the formulation of MAIMERI TEMPERA GRASSA, a reconstruction of the old-fashioned egg tempera used by the Great Masters only this time made with synthetic ingredients.

The death of its founder meant another significant change in the shareholding structure of the company. The young Leone was joined by Mario Agostoni, a first-class chemist and invaluable help. During the 1950s, Leone Maimeri succeeded in expanding industrial production to the graphic design and advertising sector, to decorations and hobby work which were rising sharply in Italy. Consequently, between the 1960s and '70s new lines for specific artistic techniques were created, including new water-based emulsions of synthetic resins, in other words acrylic paints. The increase in demand and the new pace in production meant that the company had to look for more space. And so the new plant was built in 1969 on a piece of land in Bettolino, in the Municipality of Mediglia.

The 1980s saw the young Amatore Marchesi join the company ranks (in 1979 to be more precise). He was destined to become the formulator involved in many technical successes and is now responsible for the laboratory and production. At the same time, the original trademark appeared inadequate for the tastes of the times and Leone, with the help of avant-garde graphic designed Pagliani, decided to tackle the delicate issue of restyling. His indications were however set in stone, the concept of the tetrahedron conceived by the company's founder had to remain intact.

In 1984 F.lli Maimeri became a limited responsibility company and, in the 1990s, progressively introduced Gianni Maimeri Jr, grandson of the company founder and currently company CEO, to work alongside Leone who at that time was Sole Administrator. During these years, Gianni Maimeri Jr, undertook to increase and spread the Maimeri trademark around the world in an ambitious challenge which was based on Maimeri's winning factors such as: product quality, company experience, Made In Italy, family tradition and the company's history. In 1996 Gianni also began to promote the establishment of the Fondazione Maimeri, with the intention of making the company founder more widely-known, encouraging studies in the scientific sphere on the history of colour and the company, as well as promoting the activity of young artists and culture in general.

On March 31, 2014 Maimeri Spa joins FILA Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini to give birth to a common project for the development of a group leader in products dedicated to artistic creativity with an offer that meets the demands from children up to the professional level. Industria Maimeri SpA is born with the aim of pursuing those values that have determined the success and prestige of the Maimeri brand in the world and in line with its historical vocation and characteristics of the Fine Arts sector. Being a partner of a successful international player as FILA is an extraordinary growth opportunity for our company and for the development of the Maimeri brand in the key global markets.

MARIE’S ART FACTORY established in 1919 was later known as SHANGHAI ARTIST COLOUR FACTORY in 1958. This company formed a joint venture with an existing and reputable Hong Kong establishment to form SHANGHAI SIIC MARIE PAINTING MATERIALS CO., LTD. Together we are the oldest and largest manufacturer of all kinds of artist colour and related materials. 
Marie’s products have reached the market of different cities around China and more than 60 countries around the world, which meet the quality control system certificate of ISO9001:2000. Marie’s logo is a famous brand throughout China, authenticated by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and is also one of Shanghai’s first batch of well-known brands. In the field of Fine Art, Marie’s paint is the symbol of China’s paint. 

Our sales and turnover have become one of the biggest among the factories of paints in China and it is now Marie’s turn to be recognized as a famous brand by the European and US markets. 
In recent years, we have introduced high-tech testing instruments from the US, Germany and Italy costing tens of millions of dollars. Moreover, we have introduced highly skilled engineers from around the world and developed professional artist paints and colours, which we are proud to say are used by the most prestigious artists around the world. 
After more than 90 years of development, we now have a complete range of paints and products to meet the requirements of varying levels of customer. There are mainly three series for the artists:
Martin F. Weber Co.

America’s Master Color Maker since 1853

For over 150 years, the name Weber has been synonymous with quality art materials. Established in 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Martin F. Weber is one of the largest manufacturers of art materials in the United States.

Originating in 1853 as Scholz & Company, a sales agency, the company evolved through a series of growth partnerships to become F. Weber & Company in 1887 under the leadership of its owner, Frederick Weber. Throughout the late 19th imported and manufactured products with a significant number of patents awarded to the company for innovation.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries—the golden years of the prestigious World Fair—F. Weber & Co. frequently won gold medals for its fine quality products. Exhibitions included: 1873 Vienna; 1876 Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia; 1893 Columbian Exposition, Chicago; 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis; 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco; and 1926 Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.

The disruption of commerce during World War I caused American artists to seek more domestic art materials, thereby introducing a need and opportunity for F. Weber & Co. to expand its manufacturing capabilities and distribution facilities. By the early 1920s, F. Weber & Co. also had three retail stores with locations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and St. Louis.

After the death of Frederick Weber Sr. in 1919, his sons Frederick (Fred Jr.) and Ernest incorporated the company and renamed it F. Weber Co., Inc. Fred, along with other significant responsibilities in the organization, became Technical Director and continued to serve in this role until his retirement in 1967.

As an artist, chemist and author of many art materials publications, Fred was instrumental in product development. One of his most notable products is Original Permalba White which he first formulated in 1921. The first of its kind, this nontoxic, opaque white oil paint replaced the toxic, lead-based whites that artists had been using for hundreds of years. Today it still remains the artists’ standard in white oil paint. In the 1930’s, Fred introduced new lightfastness pigments to the industry that reduced toxicity to the artist and created synthetic varnishes that were more resilient than the natural formulas used in the past. In the 1950’s he introduced Turpenoid, an odorless turpentine replacement that is still the finest product available of its kind and used worldwide. This remarkably early commitment to the development of safer art materials continues to the present.

With the publication of his first book, Artists Pigments (Van Nostrand, 1923), Fred became a sought-after lecturer on artists’ materials and techniques. He provided advice to many prominent 20th Century artists, including: Thomas Hart Benton, Dean Cornwell, Arthur Dove, Peter Hurd, Normal Rockwell, NC Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth.

After the death of Ernest Weber, F. Weber Co., Inc. was purchased by Visual Art Industries of Brooklyn, NY who went on to create the first of many signature art sets beginning with the original television artist, Jon Gnagy. Since acquiring the company in 1980, Dennis Kapp has continued to honor the tradition of the Weber family by delivering an ever-widening range of innovative art materials. Renamed Martin/F.Weber Co., we provide quality materials for all skill levels as well as signature artists’ products from such well-known contemporary television artist instructors as Bob Ross, Susan Scheewe, Wyland and Bruce Blitz.

We invite you to share our pride in over 160 years of history and tradition and trust in our pledge to continue offering the creative community we serve only the finest in art and craft products. We are ardently committed to developing and delivering improvements in art technology and studio safety to all artists of the 21st century.

Masterson Art

Masterson Art Products is committed to the ideal that a corporation has a responsibility to actively support the communitiy in which they operate. All of us at Masterson are dedicated to building a responsible and profitable business that provides opportunities for our employees and our wider community.

Masterson Art Products has been working with Arizona Industries for the Blind since 1973. Arizona Industries for the Blind was established in 1952 to provide employment and training opportunities for Arizonan’s who are legally blind. This business / non-profit partnership empowers qualified physically disabled adults to achieve their optimum level of vocational functioning, earned income and provides rehabilitation services, employment opportunities and other integrated services.

In addition to our local community Masterson Art works to support the efforts of artist focused organizations through out North America. Every year, through a variety of programs, we work to support the artistic development of hundreds of artists.

Michael Harding
I started making oil colours back in 1982 while I was studying Fine Art. I had always been inspired by Rembrandt’s paintings in the National Gallery and I wanted to try and recreate his paint effects and glorious colours in my own work.

Not surprisingly, after a number of failed attempts, I realised something was missing. It wasn’t just Rembrandts genius that I lacked, but also the actual materials he had used; My original materials would not behave in the same way as the paint used in his work, and the colours had a totally different appearance.

My quest began. I was determined to get what I needed – Oil paint that was of the same quality and consistency as that used by the Old Masters. After a number of months doing intensive research, I turned my flat into a small oil paint mill.There were various experiments before I hit on the right consistency and then gradually the hard work began to pay off, I produced my first paints and suddenly found myself in business. Almost immediately I started supplying the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Word spread and demand for my paint grew at a mindblowing rate.My paints are available in 225ml, 60ml and 40ml tubes all over the world. If you are new to the collection then the Introductory Set of oil paints and a colour chart would be a great purchase to get you started. The high pigment content of my oil paints means that they are more resistant to fading and have a fantastically rich colour.

I also have a range of mediums; Turpentine for thinning and speeding up drying time, oils for increasing flow and slowing drying time, beeswax paste for increased body and a satin matt look, glazes for added lustre and gloss, varnishes for the finishing touch and much more to explore.

I continue to make my own paint and am still excited by the process, the materials and the colours. Artists now write to me from all over the world and we discuss colours, techniques, problems and recipes. That dialogue is very important to me so that you can share their views, their ideas and the valuable information that has been generated. Their testimonials say more about my paint than I ever could!



Established in 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Martin F. Weber Co. is the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers of art materials in the United States.  Since then, Martin F. Weber Co. has not only supplied artists with the finest quality materials but pioneered new and innovative supplies for a safer studio environment.  Products such as Permalba® Oil Colors, Odorless Turpenoid®, Turpenoid Natural® and wOil® Water Mixable Oil Colors are proof of our continued dedication to artists and the environment.  We are equally proud of our educational programs, which include products featuring signature artists such as Jon Gnagy, Bob Ross® and Susan Scheewe®, all of whom fostered the growth of countless artists worldwide.

In addition to the in-house manufacturing of quality materials and alongside our sister company, Martin Universal Design, we have established many global partnerships that support our vision of bringing ingenuity to the marketplace. One of our most inventive and creative partners is Minjin Seo, Korean artist and CEO of Mijello™, who has designed and patented more unique and innovative palettes than anyone else on Earth.  Beginning with leak-proof and airtight Fusion watercolor palettes, she later explored the usefulness of silver nanoparticles in prohibiting bacterial growth, eventually introducing the revolutionary Silver Nano Watercolor Palette.  Mijello™ then developed the ground-breaking Peel-Off palettes, which boast a unique, non-porous surface that quickly and cleanly releases dried paints without the need for scraping.  Ms. Seo’s unparalleled inventions then grew to include the most useful and successful product of its kind, the multi-use Artist Water Bucket.

Old Holland

In 1664, various Old Dutch master painters established Old Holland. Now, centuries later, we still use their recip