Knowledge

KNOWLEDGE

Taking Care of Your Spirit Within Art Works

It is recommended to keep your artwork out of direct sunlight to avoid fading and increase its lifespan. Never clean with liquids or other cleaning products. If cleaning is needed use a soft, dry cloth or feather duster to avoid damaging your artwork. When framing, use UV protected glass or Plexiglas and acid-free archival materials for all matboards, mounting, backing and spacers.

Quality Control

We take great pride in creating the highest quality collection of fine art prints available. Each print is made in the USA ( Hawaii) using the latest digital printing technology and has passed through a minimum of three levels of quality control inspection.

Our giclée art prints are museum quality and are equal to the giclée prints of contemporary artists found in major museum collections around the world. Our giclées are not only vivid, detailed and accurate prints, but are also durable and fully archival artworks. Inks have minimal VOC's (volatile organic compounds) and are tested to archive in excess of 50 years. Fade resistance and a long lifespan make the giclée a sure choice for any fine art collector.

ART LINGO

Artist Proof:

The term Artist Proof was originally used to distinguish the earliest stages of the primary inspection purposes.  Artists Proofs are outside the regular limited edition series, and are signed as an Artist Proof or AP by the artist. They were traditionally the property of the artist and were usually limited to 10-15% of the edition.  In today’s art market, the AP edition prints may be sold along side the regular limited edition prints at a slight premium.

Certificate of Authenticity (COA): 

Many artists use certificates of authenticity as a means of adding facts about an artwork, and to prove its authenticity. The certificate contains information such as title, medium, date, etc., which can possibly make an art buyer more comfortable with buying an artwork.  COA is a document that the art collector can hold onto, and use as proof of an artwork’s genuineness.

Diptych: 

A painted or carved work in two parts or panels arranged side by side.

Edition

A group of identical prints made from an original.

Fine Art: 

Describes the categories of art works that are traditionally considered aesthetically significant.

Gallery Proof (GP):  

GP is a print made for gallery display purposes only, not for sale.

Gallery Wrap:  

Gallery wrap is a method of stretching an artist’s canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides of the stretcher bar and is secured to the back of the wooden frame.  A gallery wrap art piece typically is not framed.

Giclee: 

A giclee (zhee-CLAY) is an individually produced, high resolution, high fidelity, and high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork.   Giclees can be printed on a variety of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclees are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colors are brighter; they last longer, and are very high resolution, which allows for ‘continuous tone’, rather than tiny dots.

Hand Signed: 

The artist signs the print by hand.

Medium

A medium in art may refer to one of two definitions. A medium may refer to the type of material used to create artwork. In this sense, no limits exist on what defines an art medium. Traditional media, as well as any found objects used to create a piece of artwork, are considered an art medium.  Another definition of medium in art refers to substances added to different paints to achieve a desired texture or effect.

Mixed Media: 

Mixed media refers to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media” work

Numbering:   

Artists signed and numbered their works starting back in the late eighteen hundreds as a way to promote and preserve their rights as the artist of those works.  They are signed with two numbers such as 3/450. This indicates that there are only 450 prints in the edition and that particular print is the 3rd one in the edition.

Open Edition: 

An edition that does not have a pre-determined number of prints

Original: 

Refers to a one-of-a-kind work of art, considered to be authentic examples of the works of an artist.   A “published original” is an original piece of art that has been reproduced into an edition or as series of prints.