Carl Plansky, painter and founder of Williamsburg Oil Paint Co. passed away two days ago, Saturday October 10, 2009. Mr. Plansky was well known in the New York art circle as an institution. He began making paint for friends in the 8o's and soon his paint was sought after by New York City artists. You may find more on his story at Williamsburg's home page. The fame of his paint reached artists across the world. There are many who travel to New York from far places such as Israel, to purchase the Williamsburg brand at a lower cost than what they would get it for in their own countries. I tried my firsts tubes of Williamsburg paint in my senior year of college, the colors were Titanium White, Naples Yellow, and Burnt Sienna. Since then I have been a loyal customer. Especially after finding out the history behind the man, and knowing how close he was to places I've worked for and to my current shop. Marvin Seagel, founder of Tri-Mar stretcher bars and Carl Plansky teamed up years ago to open an art supply store called Williamsburg Art Materials. The shop was located on Elizabeth Street, in Soho. The same street where Kremer Pigments and Vasari Oil Colors were located. Later Marvin and Carl went their separate ways, Marvin and son Jon formed Soho Art Materials, and Carl started distributing his paints to major art supply retailers. It is sad to hear about the death of this man, but thanks to him we have great paint and a great legacy. Thank you Carl for all your years of great service to artists world wide.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday October 18, 2009, at the New York Studio School at 3 p.m. The school is located at 8 W 8th Street, New York, NY, 10011.