Utrecht: A History in Fine Art Materials and Supplies

It was New York City, 1949. Unable to find quality artists’ linen on this side of the Atlantic, artist Norman Gulamerian began importing fine linen from Europe with his brother, Harold. The two fledgling art supply sellers named their venture Utrecht Linens, Inc., and dedicated themselves to supplying artists with the highest-quality art materials for the best value.

The brothers’ art supply business grew quickly. In 1957, Norman and Harold developed their revolutionary acrylic gesso for priming canvas. By the end of the early 1960s, they had expanded the Utrecht line to include professional-grade oil paints, acrylics, and watercolor supplies, which they sold at direct-from-manufacturer prices. In subsequent years, the company added painting accessories, brushes, drawing supplies, easels, presentation products, and more to its line of high-quality Utrecht brand products.

In April 2013, Utrecht became part of the Blick Art Materials family. In its third generation of family ownership, Blick is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. Blick’s extensive selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make it the choice for professional and amateur artists, art educators, architects, designers, students, and hobbyists — virtually anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. The company offers a wide range of high-quality Blick brand products, plus an extensive assortment of fine art materials and supplies from the leading national brands.

The Utrecht paints that have been manufactured in the same Brooklyn, New York, facility for more than 60 years will now be sold in Blick and Utrecht retail stores across the U.S. Over time, Blick’s broader array of branded products will also begin appearing in Utrecht stores. Many of these stores will eventually carry the Blick name, as their breadth of product offerings expands to equal that offered in Blick retail stores.

Other refinements will occur as Blick and Utrecht continue their synthesis over the coming months. Our goal is that this process will be seamless to our valued customers and what results is a renewed commitment to providing artists with the finest tools for their artistic expressions.