Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors
Williamsburg Oil Paint is known for its quality and extensive palette of colors including genuine Italian Earth Colors. Since joining the Golden Artist Colors family, the palette has expanded to include French Earth Colors, as well as a range of colors made with Safflower Oil, as well as special edition and custom colors.
Originating from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Williamsburg now makes over 170 artist quality oil colors in New Berlin, NY.
Williamsburg Paint-making Philosophy
Getting the proper pigment is just the beginning. So much of the quality of oil paint is in the grinding. Each color is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment. Some colors will feel slightly gritty, while others extremely smooth. Meanwhile, Cerulean Blue will have a beautiful velvet, light-absorbing surface with an extremely strong covering power. The Siennas will often be chunky or gritty to allow light to travel through the vehicle, exposing rich golden or mahogany undertones instead of just heavy, dull browns.
Pigments are ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined linseed oil and made in batches no larger than eight gallons at a time. This allows for total control over the product, much like the late nineteenth-century French color makers. All the materials are hand measured, and every ounce of paint is scrutinized.
Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors are used by the world’s finest artists whose work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, as well as the Beaubourg in Paris.
Williamsburg as well as Golden give technical advice to artists, museums, and conservators throughout the world and welcome your questions and comments. Find product support here.