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 fledging art supplies sellers named their venture Utrecht Linens, Inc. and dedicated themselves to supplying artists with the highest quality art materials and supplies for the best value.
The Gulamerian brothers’ artist supply business grew quickly. In 1957, they developed their revolutionary acrylic gesso for priming artist canvas. And by the end of the early 1960’s they had expanded the Utrecht line to include professional-grade artist oil paints, acrylics, and watercolor supplies, sold at manufacturer-direct prices.
Today, Utrecht still mills its own premium artist paints and gesso at our Brooklyn, NY plant, making us unique among American artist supply companies. In addition to our own high quality products, Utrecht also offers an extensive assortment of fine art materials and supplies from the leading national brands available today. Professionals around the world choose our art supplies store for our exceptional quality, value, selection and service.