Thursday, November 14, 2013

Poll results: Your favourite artists' paint manufacturer is Winsor & Newton

Winsor & Newton is the favourite artists' paint manufacturer by a mile - according to the 228 artists who responded to the October Making A Mark Poll - POLL: Who is your favourite artists' paint manufacturer? They're more than three times more popular than the next most popular paint.
Making A Mark Poll (October 2013): Who's your favourite paint manufacturer?
228 responses
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paints
in Green & Stone, Kings Road, Chelsea

The top five favourite artists paints

  1. Winsor & Newton - 29%
  2. Daniel Smith - 9.2%
  3. Golden - 7%
  4. (Joint) M. Graham and Schminke 6.1%
The poll was specific to manufacturer rather than paint and consequently those who make oil, acrylic and watercolour paints were bound to do better.

However it came as a surprise to me that a manufacturer who specialises in acrylic paint alone should take 3rd place.  Golden appears to have a distinct lead over Liquitex.  This was also very much supported in the comments on the original post.

Links to the websites of the most popular paints are included in their name above.

Links to more specific paint products from the top five manufacturers can be found below.

Winsor & Newton

M Graham


The best of the rest

I'm not surprised that Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours did well as they have a terrific reputation to go with the terrific price!  However he does do just one thing - oil colours....

Vasari was a surprise for me.  It's a paint I don't know well at all and yet it's beating a number of better known names.  Again this is a manufacturer who does just one thing - make oil paint.