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

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


What a show, you should have been there! IMPACT 6 was everything that we expected and more. The attendance was pegged at 410 artists and about a dozen vendors, over the two days of the Product Fair.

To add to the excitement, it was the weekend that students arrived on campus at the University of the West of England (UWE). "Fresher" events were numerous for the first year students. The City of Bristol, has undergone numerous changes in the 10 years since we last visited. It's a very vibrant modern city clothed in a medieval architecture.

We were fortunate enough to visit our good friends from Caligo on Friday evening. Joining us for a truly wonderful evening were representatives from our two UK distributors (T.N. Lawrence and Intaglio Printmaker) and family and staff of the gang at Caligo.

During the show, we introduced some stunning new German brayers that were really a hit with the artists at the show. We're still awaiting delivery to our shop, but we sold several in Bristol from the manufacturer's stock.

We also had an opportunity to travel for the first time to Scotland. One of the highlights was visiting with our friends Robert Adam and Carol Robertson, co-authors of two very successful books on printmaking: Screenprinting and Intaglio. These books are the definitive sources on some of the new less toxic printmaking techniques. We spent two days in the Edinburgh area followed by a day in Glasgow touring the brand new Glasgow Printmakers Co-op facilities and those at the Glasgow College of Art. What great facilities and staff that were generous with their time and proud of the places they work.

All in all, we had a very successful show and can't wait for Impact 7 in Melbourne, Australia - you should join us.


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