Colart

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Colart, or the Colart Group, is a large international supplier of art materials, with subsidiaries and brands such as Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Lefranc & Bourgeois.[1][2] The group's head office is situated in London.

Colart was established in 1992 as a wholly owned subsidiary for the art materials segment of AB Wilh. Becker. As such it is also a wholly owned second-tier subsidiary of Lindéngruppen, a privately held company based in Höganäs, Sweden.[3][4]

The Colart Group has ten production facilities based in the UK, France, and China.[5]

In 2017, Colart became the main owner of Elephant Art, publisher of the art magazine Elephant and art books.[6]

Brands and subsidiaries[edit]

  • Beckers "A" – Original brand of AB Wilh. Becker, targeting the Scandinavian market. It comprises a series of artist quality oil paints and art supplies.[7]
  • Dekorima – Original art supplies brand of AB Wilh. Becker since 1970, also targeting the Scandinavian market.[8][9]
  • Lefranc & Bourgeois – Has a wide range of artists' paints and art supplies. Its oldest branch was established in 1720 in Paris.[10] Acquired by AB Wilh. Becker in 1982.[3]
  • Charbonnel – Specialised in products for intaglio, lithography and gilding. Founded in 1862 in Paris.[11] Acquired by Lefranc & Bourgeois in 1988.[10]
  • Snazaroo – Face paints. Established in 1989 and owned by ColArt.[2]
  • Winsor & Newton – A wide range of artists' paints and art supplies. Founded in 1832 in London. Bought by AB Wilh. Becker in 1990.
  • Reeves – A wide range of paints and supplies. Established in 1766 in London. Acquired by AB Wilh. Becker in 1991.[12]
  • Liquitex – Specialised in artists' acrylic paints and supplies around that. Was originally established as Permanent Pigments Company in 1933 in Cincinnati. Acquired by ColArt in 2000.
  • Conté à Paris – Specialised in pencils and crayons. Established in 1795 in Paris.[13] Bought by ColArt in 2004.[14]
  • Letraset – Originally known for dry transfer lettering and associated products. Also specialised in marker pens. Founded in 1959 in London.[15] Acquired by Colart in 2012.[16]
  • Elephant Art – Publisher. Established in 2009. Colart became its main owner in May 2017.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ColArt Warehouse Management System Central Systems & Automation Ltd. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b The brands ColArt. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Our Businesses: ColArt Archived 2016-08-08 at Archive.is Lindéngruppen AB. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ AB Wilh. Becker AB Wilh. Becker. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ ColArt Worldwide at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 August 2016) Colart. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Colart teams up with Elephant Art to expand global reach Colart International, 15 maj 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ ColArt ColArt Scandinavia. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  8. ^ Kreatima fyller 70 år Kreatima, October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  9. ^ Varumärke Dekorima solidinfo.se, retrieved 3 November 2016.
  10. ^ a b Notre histoire Lefranc & Bourgeois. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  11. ^ Artcraft since 1862 Charbonnel Shop. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ Pia Gottschaller. Lucio Fontana: The Artist's Materials Getty Publications, 2012. ISBN 9781606061145 Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  13. ^ The history of "Conté à Paris" Conté à Paris. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  14. ^ ColArt International. Que vive la couleur Archived 2016-11-04 at the Wayback Machine. Le journal des entreprises, november 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  15. ^ About us Letraset. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  16. ^ Zoe Monk (8 juni 2012). ColArt Group Acquires Letraset Craft Business. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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