Q. - What is the difference between s/n and A.P.s?
A. - s/n indicates the number of the prints in the edition. s/n means signed and numbered.
A.P. indicates ARTIST PROOF. Artist Proofs are a separate number of prints run in the edition typically 10% or lower of the number in the regular edition number, and usually have a 20% price premium on them. They are usually more sought after by collectors and sell out faster.
Q. - What is a Giclee on Canvas
A. - Giclee (pronounced GHEE-CLAY) comes from the French for 'fine-spray'. Using a giclee printer onto rag paper or canvas, it is a high-resolution digital print. It is considered the world's best technique for producing original works of art. Giclee prints look and feel like original works of art. The color is richer and more saturated along with having more reproducible colors and higher resolution than other types of printmaking. Giclee prints are very color stable providing more than 25 years of protection from color fade and shift with average indoor light conditions. It is believed this time span can increase up to 200 years with museum lighting. An original watercolor painting cannot boast this with out some fading. With proper care your Giclee will continue to increase in value.
Q. - What is a Serigraph?
Q. - Why are some sold out prints so expensive?
A. - Simply put, a limited edition print is just that. There are only a select number of prints produced in an edition. This can range anywhere from 10 to a thousand or more, typically ranging around
100 - 300 s/n. When all the prints in an edition are sold from the publishing company to galleries and dealers, the print becomes SOLD OUT AT THE PUBLISHER. It then becomes a case of supply and demand therefore increasing values are typically set on a secondary market. Some prints reach and fetch very high prices for a number of reasons, mainly artist name and the number of prints in the edition. The image may also have sold out very quickly, or it may be very valued and highly sought after.
Q. - What kind of glass should I use for paper prints?
A. - There are a number of different types of glass available.
STANDARD GLASS - normally 2 or 3 mil (thickness) UV protection of around 46%. Usually for less expensive framing or areas with no back light issues such as windows
NON GLARE - a glass with anti reflective qualities along with a UV protection of about 95%
MUSEUM GLASS - archival glass
DENGLAS - A very expensive high-end glass. The ultimate in clarity, when used, the glass is virtually invisible. When choosing glass, a few things should be taken into consideration such as lighting in the room and value of the print.
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Q. - How do I know it will arrive safely?
A. - Every measure is taken to ensure the safe undamaged arrival of your purchase.
We have never had a problem with prints damaged in transit. Insurance is typically purchased at the time of shipping by the shipper for a very nominal fee and included in the price of shipping.
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Q. - What about taxes?
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Q. - What is conservation framing?
A. - Just as it sounds, CONSERVATION FRAMING uses materials for framing that protect and preserve artwork. Spending hundreds on a limited edition print, original lithograph, serigraph etc. can be wasted if the art or photography is not framed properly. Conservation framing materials include: Alkaline or pH buffered acid-free or rag matte board, acid-free foam core (backing) and UV protective glass to help reduce harmful ultra-violet light from deteriorating the artwork. Without proper materials in framing, over time they can fade colors, stain, yellow and burn the paper usually irreparable thus affecting its appearance and value. Acid from cardboard used in older frames as backing is highly acidic and will 'bleed' into the artwork.
Q. - Why buy Fine Art?
- The art is color corrected at the time of printing to match the original painting.
- Only the most sophisticated technology is used to produce the finished product.
- Only the highest quality inks and papers and canvases are used in the production.
- Of course what remains paramount, is to buy what appeals to you. Images that take you
somewhere or mean something to you. Images you like to look at.
...Art can be quite unpredictable. Investing in it does not really guarantee financial success. The first rule to follow when buying artworks for any reason is to buy what you like.
Buy a painting that interests you and not because of its projected value in the future. Buying quality prints of acknowledged artists is no guarantee either as the market is really volatile. Just like with celebrities, a 'hot' artist now may not be so in demand tomorrow...
Written by: Fufung Chan
frequently asked questions
Q. - The importance of hanging?
A. - Extremely high temperatures from direct sunlight can cause many problems to paintings...
including increased discoloration of the varnish which can allow certain types of pigments to fade.
Dividing walls inside a structure are a perfect place to situate your artworks rather than perimeter walls. Perimeter walls can cause condensation due to the rise and fall of temperature affected by external heat.
Use small rubber spaces on the bottom back of the frame to increase circulation when hanging artworks on an exterior wall with no insulation.
Written by: Fufung Chan
Q. - How do I clean my art?
A. - Cleaning your paintings? Ensure that you clear a path and move all furniture or obstructions that you might bump into. Prepare in advance the area to where the painting will be moved. Ask for help when lifting the painting to avoid accidents that could harm the artwork and you.
When carrying the painting, put the image side towards you. Be sure to remove any jewelry, belts or any clothing item that may scratch the glass or painting itself.
Written by: Fufung Chan
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