A. - Note: The details below are based on mainstream legimate printing houses.
- The prints are color corrected at the time of printing to match the original painting.
- Only the most sophisticated technology is used to produce the film required for production.
- Only the highest quality inks and papers are used in the production.
- The film and plates are destroyed after prints have been produced.
- Limited edition prints must meet the approval of the artist, the publisher and the printer before
being released on the market.
Prints that sell out at a publishing company and become only available on a secondary
market, in most cases, increase in value and hold value.
People buy limited edition prints. The market has weathered a storm of criticism and remains a strong market.
People like good art. Limited edition prints simply allow people who are not prepared to pay many thousands for the original to enjoy an artist's work at a resonable price.
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 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. - How should art prints be shipped?
A. - Limited editions should be shipped in protective envelopes/sleeves between multiple layers of cardboard and/or a box and sealed. Shipping can be handled via Canada Post or the U.S.P.S. Alternately, a carrier such as FedEx, UPS or Purolator Courier can be used depending on geography and urgency. Ask the seller how they will ship.
Q. - What about insurance?
A. - The art should also be insured for the replacement cost. Depending on the value of art being shipped into Canada, customs / brokerage fees may apply to a shipment.
If the speed of a delivery is increased (along with the price) typically a shipper liek FedEx or UPS will clear customs.
These sites also quote online, when given the dimensions of the package to be shipped.
ABOUT LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Q. - How do I sell my art?
A. - Its simple, Go to our art submission page - enter details of the art to be sold and how you wish to be contacted.
Buyers will contact you directly and the sale will become between seller and buyer.
You will be then taken to a PayPal page to make the one time fee for listing(s) - (you will not need to open a PayPal acct.)
Your titles will be published, usually within 24 hours. That's it.
If you do not wish to pay through PayPal you'll have the option to do so through email or by calling us toll free in North America. ARTWEST accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards. We will also accept money orders/drafts
Q. - I see something I am interested...now what?
A. - Contact the seller with any questions and make arrangements for payment and shipping. As mentioned on the 'list your art' page, in some situations (usually geography & price) securing the funds as well as the artwork could be more difficult. We can help buyer and seller with a safe easy transaction. We offer a brokerage service where we will:
- inspect the print
- repackage if necessary
- cover the credit card charges and fees
- follow-up with the buyer to ensure their satisfaction
- issue a cheque to the seller within 10 days of the follow up.
ARTWEST RETAINS 10% OF ASKING PRICE ONLY SHOULD YOU REQUEST THIS SERVICE. YOU CAN DO THAT AT THE TIME OF THE SALE IF NEED BE. 15% FOR SALES OF $500 CDN AND UNDER. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GET THE PRINT TO US, WE'LL DO THE REST.
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