All About “Utrecht” Art Supplies
(Utrecht joined the Blick Art family in 2013)
It all started in 1949, the Gulamerian brothers (Norman and Harold) began their own linen import business out of their basement. At an early age they were obsessed with supplying artists with quality supplies at the best value. They named the company after their high school out of Brooklyn, Utrecht High.
Their business grew very quickly and in 1957 developed their famous Gesso for priming canvas and just about any surface making it simple for artists to create anywhere. One of their first Gessos worked with acrylic and oil mediums. In 1958 they moved their business out of the basement and into Industry City (in Sunset Park, Brooklyn) where they could utilize the space to mill paint.
By the early 1960’s the brothers expanded the “Utrecht” line to include professional-grade acrylics, oils, and watercolor paints; brushes, and papers which they sold at manufacturer prices.
In April of 2013 Utrecht was welcomed into the Blick Art Materials family. Since they are going into their third generation of family ownership, Blick is the oldest and largest art supplier in the U.S.
Utrecht stays true to its Brooklyn roots and is recognized with the “Gold Certification status by the Brooklyn Made” program. Because they have always valued both art AND education, their first catalogs used to include an art history lesson as well from authors and experts, including both Ralph Mayer and Taubes.
In 1963 Norman published a book about art called, “The Language of a Work of Art”. I found the book on Amazon so I had to include the link below. I have not read it, but am now curious and have added the book to my mental “want to read” wishlist.
Okay, enough with the history of the company, here is what you will find through Utrecht Art:
- everything drawing related
- studio related
- drafting related
- presentation related
- specialties (like spray paints, airbrush markers, books, en caustics, etc)
- Utrecht Brand items
- Deals and Coupons
Related: All About Blick Art Materials
- They do offer an affiliate program through CJ.com, click the link to find out more.
Related: Affiliates For Artists
- They offer a free catalog, the ability to create wishlists, classroom lists, gift cards, and extra help for business and education.
- This is a quality (and now sister company of Blick Arts) website to order any art supplies, and you know now that their mission is solely to provide the highest quality supplies to artists for the best value.
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