Diluted Dilemma

Galeria paints

I’ve always been a huge fan of the vibrant colors available in Winsor and Newton’s Galeria acrylic paint. I’ve used them for years..maybe decades.

HELP! Recently I was having trouble acquiring some of the Galeria colors and  although Grumbacher Academy acrylics may be a a better paint I really like to stick to just one brand and not mix brands if I can help it. Most of all I read a review on Amazon by one artist who claims that since Galeria is now made in China rather than France it’s not as good. He claims that after using the paint from France for several years every day for five days a week he noticed a marked difference in the opacity of the paint since it was out sourced to China. Winsor and Newton claims the same formula is being used and there is no difference in quality but even I’m not so sure.

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You can see from the photo above that an old tube of Galeria was from France and the new ones are from China.

So I’m asking “what do you think?”  Is it worth the switch over totally to the Acedemy colors from Grumbacher?  Have any of you experienced a difference in quality with Winsor and Newton paints?  Again, I always liked their vibrancy but they don’t seem to cover as well as they used to.  Any advice?

Grumbacher, by the way, claims to be still made in the U.S.A.

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3 comments on “Diluted Dilemma

  1. Hey, Kevin!

    Hope you are doing well!

    I always hate it when my favourite art supplies change. My first set of professional aquarelle pencils had the most vibrant beautiful colours, but unfortunately, the brand switched them out for differently branded pencils which had a lot less vibrancy. Personally, that is when I switched brands because even though the other pencils weren’t bad and I couldn’t nececarly find the same vibrancy in other brands it just bugged me.

    Of course, Winsor and Newton is a great brand all around but if you feel you are paying the same for the different quality it would still bug me! I have never tried the Grumbacher brand though so I would love to hear your input on those!

    ~Sofie

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