During the 1930’s Sam Golden partnered with his uncle, Leonard Bocour, at Bocour Artist Colors. Together they produced hand-ground oil colors for artists in their shop on 15th Street in Manhattan.
It wouldn't be too long before the shop became a hangout for artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Jack Levine.
During the late 1940’s, Sam worked with a resin, given to him by an artist, to develop the first acrylic paint - “Magna and then the popular “Aquatec”. Through continued conversations with artists, Sam would refine the chemistry of acrylic paint.
In June of 1980 and at the age of 67, Sam founded Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark, daughter-in-law Barbara Golden and partner Chuck Kelly started the company in a 900 square foot renovated barn with a clear mission that embodies Sam’s dedication for “making tools for artists”.
With loyal support from professional artists, GOLDEN expanded their operation into a cow barn giving them an additional 6,200 square feet of space. With this growth they added new product lines: Heavy Body and Iridescent Acrylics grew to include Fluid, Matte and Interference Acrylics.
By the time GOLDEN celebrated its tenth anniversary (and Sam’s “Golden” anniversary in paint making) the company had added another 13,000 square feet that included space for a gallery.
During the 1990’s the company received many local and national awards and with a surge in growth, sales and employees once again found themselves with the need to expand.
On March 11th, 1997, at the age of 82, Sam Golden passed away leaving behind a legacy of participation in the creative process of artists and their materials.
GOLDEN continues in this tradition, maintaining a culture of individual excellence and community involvement. In 2002, GOLDEN became an employee owned company. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN products are American made and still being produced on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin.
- Make the best products
- Provide customers with the best service
- Find people who can make the first two happen
BINDERS offers a great selection selection of Golden paints and mediums in store and online.