The History of Ampersand
How we brought time-honored tradition to today's Artist
In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began our mission of reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord, our very first coated painting panel. Claybord was originally invented by Colorado artist, Charles Ewing, who partnered with Ampersand to develop it further and see its commercial success. Today, Charles is still instrumental in our product development and testing. Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings and profiles suitable for all media from oils to pastels.
Ampersand is committed first and foremost to supporting artists in their creative process by providing surfaces that are not only a joy to paint and create on, but that will also withstand the test of time. Ampersand’s commitment to quality and archival principles led us to engineer the only archival sealed panels on the market today. Artists using the full range of panels from Claybord to Gessobord to the Artist Panel can rest assured that every step has been taken to ensure quality and performance. Ampersand’s passion is panel painting and we are passionate about our products.
Please take a moment to learn more about each of our panels by browsing through the site. Also, visit the online art gallery, where you will find incredible work by artists around the world using Ampersand panels. And, if you still find you have questions, just pick up the phone and call us at 800-822-1939.