At the height of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Sam Golden joined his uncle Leonard Bocour as a business partner in Bocour Artist Colors. In the beginning, these gentlemen only produced hand-ground oil colors for artists. The shop, on 15th Street in Manhattan, became a popular hangout for artists from the 1930s through the early 1950s.
During a visit from a local artist, there was a request for an artist color that possessed a thicker, honey-like consistency. Sam and Leonard got to work, but the first versions of the paint seemed to dry before the paint was applied—but after a great deal of trial and error, from 1946 to 1949, an acrylic was ready for commercial production. Sam eventually developed a more popular waterborne version of the acrylic, "Aquatec." He continued to refine the chemistry of acrylic paints working with artists for the next 20 years to find what worked and what did not.
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. began in June of 1980 in a 900 square foot, renovated barn in New Berlin, NY. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark and daughter-in-law Barbara Golden along with partner Chuck Kelly, founded a new company that would embody Sam's dedication to professional artists, work Sam described as simply "making tools for artists."
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. became an employee owned company in 2002 and in 2010, employees became the majority owners of the company. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN product is still created on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin using the highest standards for consistency and quality.
GOLDEN constantly strives to outdo itself by operating on three principles: 1) Make the best products, 2) Provide customers with the best service, and 3) Find people who can make the first two happen. These principles are the essence of Sam Golden's commitment to artists and their tools and they are how GOLDEN hopes to grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality. To that end, we offer. . .
• The largest assortment of professional grade, quality colors
• Pure pigments in 100% acrylic emulsion vehicle
• No fillers, extenders or opacifiers are added
• The largest selection of interference and iridescent colors