A Painter�s Paint!
In the mid-1980s artist Carl Plansky began making paint for himself and his friends in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He had no intention of turning his passion into a business, but the interest of his fellow artists escalated to a point where the business of 'Williamsburg Art Supply' was established out of necessity.
Beginning with a small milling machine, Carl's paint making operation grew to employ several people, and Williamsburg oil paints accumulated a following and international presence while preserving the handmade integrity of the paint.
Carl had always been interested in pigments, oils, mediums, and old-world recipes, and enjoyed experimenting with traditional materials. In France he bought colours from the houses that had made paints for Monet, Matisse, and Cezanne then analysed their paint to see how fine or coarse the grind was and to determine where they found their pigments and oils.
With this same passion, he continued to search for the most beautiful raw materials in the world, importing pigments from dozens of countries so he could offer them to his fellow artists as paint and dry pigment.
The legacy and integrity of Carl's paint business survived his death in October of 2009. The team he built at Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors has preserved the passion and creativity that Carl imparted under the leadership of Beverly Plansky, Carl's sister and business partner.
In the Spring of 2010 Golden Artist Colors assumed responsibility for realising Carl's dream for truly unique paints and mediums that reflect not only the traditions of painting in Europe and North America, but the artist's passion that drives them forward. Carl himself claimed that only Golden Artist Colors could make oil paints with the integrity and style of Williamsburg.
Gordon Harris is proud to be New Zealand�s first stockist of Williamsburg Handmade Oil Paints.