Utrecht Art Supplies

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Utrecht Art Supplies
IndustryArt materials, office supplies
Founded1949; 74 years ago (1949) in New York City
FounderNorman Gulamerian
Harold Gulamerian
FateAcquired and merged to Blick Art Materials
Number of locations
ParentBlick Art Materials

Utrecht Art Supplies is an art materials manufacturing and chain store company, based in Brooklyn. Utrecht, founded in 1949 in New York City by artist Norman Gulamerian and his brother Harold Gulamerian, sells a large range of art material brands including its own line of products. Art materials produced by Utrecht include acrylics, watercolor, oils, brushes In 2013, Utrecht was acquired by Dick Blick,[1] one of the chain's largest competitors. As a result, Dick Blick became "Blick Art Materials".[2] Products sold at Utrecht stores include acrylic, oil, watercolor, brushes, canvas, papers, pencils, inks. Utrecht art supply also sells office supplies such as adhesives, paper clips, push pins, and others.


Norman and Harold Gulamerian were born in Brooklyn, New York. Harold Gulamerian was born in 1924 at the home of his parents who lived on 77th street in Bensonhurst. Norman Gulamerian was born at Lutheran Medical Center in 1927. Harold joined the army in 1943. As a senior at The High School of Music and Art, Norman enlisted in the Navy in 1945. After the war, Norman got his high school diploma and then went to Brooklyn College. Harold went to City College getting a degree in science and business administration and then a law degree. When Norman got home from the service he apprenticed himself to the artist Frederick Taubes (1900-1981). He primed Taubes' canvas and ground his paint. Norman, an artist himself, was having trouble finding unprimed linen. Harold suggested they import it from Belgium. That was the start of Utrecht Art Supplies. They sold their Belgian linen out of their basement in Brooklyn. The two brothers named their venture Utrecht Linens, Inc. and dedicated themselves to supplying artists with the "highest quality art materials and supplies for the best value."[3] The Gulamerian brothers' artist supply business grew quickly. In 1957, they developed their revolutionary acrylic gesso for priming artist canvas. By the end of the early 1960s, they had expanded the Utrecht line to include professional-grade artist oil paints, acrylics, and watercolor supplies, sold at manufacturer-direct prices.[citation needed] In 1951, they rented an office at 119 West 57th Street. In 1958, they rented factory space at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, New York. In 1968, they opened their first retail store at 32 Third Avenue in New York City. They then opened locations in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, Berkeley, California, and San Francisco. By the time they sold their business in 1997, they had grown from a small space in Bush Terminal (now called Industry City) to 50,000 square feet and an additional 50,000 square feet of retail space. Norman Gulamerian died at 92 in April 2020 of coronavirus.[4] Harold Gulamerian lived in Mill Neck on Long Island until his passing on September 5, 2012 at the age of 88.[5] Today, Utrecht still mills its own premium artist paints and gesso at its Brooklyn, New York plant. Under its Brooklyn Made program, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce,[6] has granted Utrecht Gold Certification status.[citation needed] This program affirms Utrecht as a locally based manufacturer and employer.


Some of the brands commercialised by Utrecht include:


  1. ^ Blau, Reuven (February 9, 2014). "Utrecht Paint still a fixture in Brooklyn's Industry City". Daily News (New York).
  2. ^ Utrecht Art Supply Store Bought by Dick Blick, Loses the Dick by Cara Ober on Bmore Art, August 29, 2013
  3. ^ "About Us". Utrecht Art Supplies. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (2020-04-28). "Norman Gulamerian, Artist With a Grand Passion, Dies at 92". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  5. ^ "In Memory of Harold Gulamerian: 1924 - 2012". Oyster Bay Funeral Home. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Kumar, Dipti (December 16, 2014). "VIDEO: Utrecht Paints is definitely Brooklyn Made". Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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