Graphic Chemical & Ink Company is a world leader in the fine art field of printmaking. We manufacture our own time-tested inks for etching, litho and relief printing, as well as sell screen print inks, papers, tools, chemistry, plates and supplies for all of a printmaker's needs

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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I like to think that I'm smarter than the average bear, of course
there are those who would argue the point, and after reading this you'll probably agree. I believe fervently in backing up computers, at least when it comes to Graphic Chemical. We actually subscribe to a service that backs up something like every six minutes!

I'm not quite as good about backing up my personal computer, which also serves as my PC workstation at Graphic. Why should I back up? Nothing could happen, right? Well, it did, and apparently it was catastrophic. Everything on my hard drive ceased to exist right around the Holidays. Mostly, I lost most of, but not all of my pictures. I also lost most of the forms used for export shipments, but they can be replaced. I believe that I've learned my lesson this time.

So, what's this got to do with the title, " TRADE SHOWS 2009"? Pretty much nothing, but I felt like venting. There are a number of important trade shows coming up this year, that I feel compelled to make note of.

January-February 2009- The Paperworld Show in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a huge show, open to dealers, manufacturers etc. in a variety of industries. The art materials part is in all likelihood the largest art materials show in the World. We're going this year to touch base with some of our distributors and several suppliers, plus if we're lucky we'll find a few new ones in each category.

March 2009 - Southern Graphics Conference in Chicago. This is the most impportant show in the printmaking world, and it'sin our backyard this year. We've been working hard to get the show organized and for us to be ready for our best show yet.

May 2009 - National Art Materials Traade Association - Louisville, KY. This is an annual show for dealers of art materials. It's a fair sized show that will influence what your local art supply store will end up stocking in the next year.

September 2008 - Impact VI in Bristol, England. This show runs every other year in odd-numbered years (Mid America Print Council runs in the even numbered years). While this is a smaller show for exhibitors, the turn out of printmakers - especially those from the US and Europe is pretty impressive.

Finally, the pictures at the top - we've already established that I'm limited in the number of pictures I have available, but these are two "new" products. Actually they are acid dropping bottles, an item discontinued several years ago. We have found a source and have added them to the website. Hope you enjoy them.