History

History

  1. A rich heritage


    At Colart, we have a lot to be proud of.

    Some of the most famous artists in the world have used our brands to create spectacular work. We have some of the oldest and most respected brands on the planet. The only thing deeper than our roots is our belief that art makes a difference and what we do gives people the opportunity to express themselves and explore their creativity. No matter what his or her ambitions, everyone can be an artist.

    The oldest brand in our portfolio, ARCHES, dates back to 1492; the year Christoher Columbus discovered America. ARCHES papers are still proudly made in the same mill in France. 

    Winsor & Newton, which was founded in 1832, has been used by respected artists JMW Turner, Picasso and David Hockney to name but a few. In 1841 Queen Victoria commissioned Winsor & Newton to create the Series 7 brush and granted Winsor Newton the first Royal Warrant.

Timeline of company history


 
  1. From the paintbrush to the printing press - creative revolutions begin with the tools.

    Today, the tools are more powerful than ever and more readily available. Digital and traditional tools exist side-by-side, blurring boundaries. We live in an age where anyone with something to say can express it in hundreds of ways. Whether it be drawing, photography, painting, singing, dancing, Instagram, Snapchat - everyone can inspire and be inspired. It's a truly cretaive revolution about to begin. And at Colart, we provide the tools to express this uniquely human experience.

    We have many well-known, successful brands in our portfolio, and our acquistions through the years have given us the best portfolio in the fine art materials industry.

  1. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF COLART AMERICAS

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    A DAY IN THE LI...

    How can we all take a moment out of our daily working lives to think creatively?...
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  2. Volunteering for Hospital Rooms

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    Our people helped charity Hospital Rooms with a last minute project at Barnes Hospita...
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  3. SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2016-17

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    Our annual report for sustainability from 2016-17, created in collaboration with our ...
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  4. SURVIVING AS AN ARTIST

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    SURVIVING AS AN...

    Learning from industry experts with The Fine Art Collective...
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