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, November 15, 2009


I have mentioned from time to time that I am at best, challenged when it comes to technology. Frankly, that's giving me the benefit of an enormous doubt, but hey, it's my blog afterall!

I have just recently become aware of social networks like Facebook and Inkteraction. Somehow I find it weird to have to write to someone and ask them to be my friend. It kind of takes me back to first grade (I didn't go to Kindergarten because in the tiny town that I grew up in, only the private school had Kindergarten).

The social networks are humbling to say the least. I like to think that everybody knows Graphic Chemical & Ink Company and, by extension, me. That just ain't the case! Every once in a while, a friend request comes back with a message along the lines of, " who in the world are you?"

I recently returned from a trip that was mostly vacation. Vacations in the Clark family are trips where you see fewer customers than usual, but always find some printmakers. I was lucky enough to run into an art fair at our hotel, the day we left. Most of the art was made of local crafts...very well made, but for the most part, not my style. There was one artist, however, that had some truly amazing woodcuts. We had an opportunity to chat for a few minutes about her work...and of course, I saw it as an opportunity to suggest that we knew a little something about inks and papers as well.

Her artwork was truly incredible, but what most impressed me (or maybe it was depressed me) was that not only that she didn't know anything about Graphic Chemical, but that she was buying someone else's ink from one of our distributors.

So, we've still got a long way to go. But, for those of you who have heard of us (and I assume that means anyone reading this blog), I have a suggestion that should benefit you in the long run. Go to the following address: and become a fan of Graphic Chemical & Ink Company.

We've had a great response so far, and hope that it will continue. Fans of GC&I will be eligible for special offers (there's one in place right now!) and more.

Monday, November 02, 2009

STUDENT SHOW - Art as Activism

Murray State University student Stacey Reason received a fellowship to curate a national juried exhibition of student (undergrad & grad) work related to art as activism. More information can be found at the project website (below). If you are a student making work related to activism and social change, please enter. If you teach, please encourage students to enter. There is no entry fee!!

If you have questions, please contact Stacey directly. Her contact info can be found here: