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Art Materials Australia wholesales artists’ canvases and other art materials directly to the public through its online store.

We have a passion for the arts, whether sketching or illustrating, painting or printmaking, modelling or sculpture. Our love for the arts keeps us on trend, and we take pride in our collective knowledge of art materials and their uses. We love igniting creativity in others and strive to find products that suit your budget and artistic pursuit.

If you’ve wished to express your imagination and personality through art, then AMA is the online art store for you.

Our story

“Art Materials Australia was born from a love of art supplies.” CEO Nicki Comelli – Nicole Baker

Like anybody with a true passion, we live and breathe what we do and have been doing it for a very long time – all our lives.

Art is in our DNA

True believers that the creative gene is part of the DNA, we set out on a mission or two, maybe even three or four, to source the best art materials. This was well and truly nearly two decades ago. 

With the help of our mother and father by our side, Dad an artist and Mum a business woman we set to shake up the Australian art supplies world.

We grew up in a household that always had art supplies floating around, in the kitchen, in the junk drawer and most memorably in an old suitcase that was our Dad’s art supply box. There was always a half-done painting on an easel or leaning against the kitchen cabinet in the house. The kitchen cabinet drawer was pulled out as a makeshift easel to hold a canvas, and this is where our Dad painted. 

We lived in an open-plan house; our Dad would paint directly between the dinning-room and lounge rooms. He had a great view of the television in the lounge in one direction and could interact with people in the kitchen in the other. He loved this spot as it wasn’t too far from his endless pot of black tea, television and the warmth of the log fire in winter. 

Mum was a businesswoman but not the clichéd type if such an image exists. She was alternative in her style; she loved to make a deal, discover new things and always believed and lived by the law of karma. 

“Breaking into the art supplies world was not easy; it took us years to do it, even with such great parents on our side.” Nicki Comelli – Nicole Baker

It all started with a tiny brick-and-mortar store with the sole trader business name Artworx Geelong, 10,000 dollars and a belief.

Artworx is now a company, Artworx Art Supplies Pty Ltd, that stocks a range of Australian and international art supply brands in-store and online. Permanent in-house studios are also attached to the store to house art classes and workshops. Over the years, many of Australia’s greats in both contemporary and traditional styles have worked in the Artworx studios. 

We love inspiring the young and old with art. We have worked with complete beginners and professional artists in all mediums. We love to learn and share.   

Made for artists by artists

We have a passion for the arts, whether sketching or illustrating, painting or printmaking, modelling or sculpture. Whatever your creative endeavour Art Materials Australia (AMA) loves to help you achieve your vision. 

Our love for the arts keeps us on trend, and we take pride in our collective knowledge of art products and their uses. We love igniting creativity in others and strive to find products that suit your budget and artistic pursuit. 

If you wish to express your personality and imagination through art, then AMA is your online art shop. We are a family-run company with a passion and flare for the extraordinary and not the ordinary. We truly believe the art materials you use are an expression of you.  

Art Materials Australia wholesales artists’ canvases and other art materials directly to the public through its online store.

Art Materials Australia is the umbrella company for our brands: 

  • Freaky Frida 
  • Mona’s Smile
  • Pro Hart Swagger
  • Van Gogh’s Ear 
  • Warhol’s Wife

Walking the talk

Check out Australian artists Nicole Baker – Nicki Comelli’s bold oil abstracts and pop art paintings alongside her sister’s work at the Baker Collection.