Jack Richeson arrived in the artists' materials industry after his dreams of becoming an artist were dashed; colorblind, he was asked to leave Art School in the 1950's. Wishing to stay close to artists and support his growing family, he worked his way up to running one of Chicago's leading art supply stores. He went on from there to be National Sales Manager of Grumbacher and later, President of Morilla (now Canson). In 1981 Jack started his namesake company, Jack Richeson and Co. with his son Darren and his wife Ruth (Ruth sadly passed away in 2000). From modest beginnings, the Kimberly, Wisconsin facility is now an employer of over 75 people. As the company grew, so did the number of working family members: today five of Jack's six children work for the company, while spouses and grandchildren add another ten (or more when school's out) employees with a Richeson pedigree.
Today the company is the manufacturer of Shiva Oils and Caseins, Daniel Greene Oils, Richeson Pads, and Best Easels and importer of Fine Richeson Brushes, Shiva Paintstiks, eco friendly Lyptus Easels, and many other great products. In 2004 Jack Richeson and Co. broke ground on a 25,000 square foot addition to the building which made room for the Richeson School of Art and Gallery. The art school and gallery are home to a beautiful collection of work and host to an array of workshops, competitions and exhibits each year.
Jack Richeson and Co. has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1981, but you can be sure that this is only the start. Artists everywhere can rest assured that Jack Richeson is still out there, combing the world for the newest, best and most innovative supplies and, when he finds them, Wet Paint will have them!