Tuesday, October 01, 2013

POLL: Who is your favourite artists' paint manufacturer?

This poll explores which is our favourite manufacturer of paints for artists? Who are our favourite colourmen?

Some of the firms which make art materials have been around for a very long time. Others are more recent.

Schminke Horadam Gouache Paint Tubes

I'm not making any distinction as to:
  • different brands of paint - I'm focusing entirely on the manufacturer's name
  • whether they make just one or all the different types of paint (eg oil, watercolour, acrylic, gouache, casein, egg tempera) 

I'm also not including the smallest manufacturers and paint which is less easily available.

Who is your favourite artists' paint manufacturer?


You can vote for your favourite paint manufacturer in the poll in the side column.  The closing date is 31 October and I'll report back on the results on this blog soon after that.

The options are:
  • Blockx
  • Chroma
  • Daler Rowney
  • Daniel Smith
  • Da Vinci
  • Gamblin
  • Golden
  • Grumbacher
  • Holbein
  • Kremer
  • Lefranc & Bourgeois
  • Liquitex
  • Maimeri
  • M. Graham
  • Michael Harding 
  • Old Holland
  • Pebeo
  • Royal Talens
  • Schminke
  • Sennelier
  • ShinHan
  • Vasari
  • Winsor & Newton

I'll be repeating this exercise for other art materials (dry media; paper; canvases; brushes etc)

More about Artists Colourmen


Below are some links to databases and historical records of artists' colourmen over the years.
  • National Portrait Gallery - British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950This is a biographical directory of British and foreign firms of artists’ suppliers and colourmen operating in Britain and British firms operating overseas.
  • National Gallery of Victoria - Artists Colourmen - this is a database of  the stamps, stencils, labels and marks representing Artists’ Colourmen stamps which have been found on artworks in the NGV Collection.
Here's a link to: