Entries by NAXART (171)

Saturday
Aug212010

Find Out How To Buy Art Online

Regardless of the type you may be looking for, thanks to the proliferation of the Internet it is now possible to buy art online of all mediums and styles and from all genres and artists. Today online art galleries abound as well as private sellers, collectors, and artists themselves all with their own websites to sell their work, giving everyone from the novice to the experienced art connoisseur the chance to add to their collection.
For many, stepping inside of an art gallery can be a rather intimidating experience, but deciding to take a technological leap and buy art online can help to lessen some of the pressure if you're at all overwhelmed by the many choices the art world has to offer.
Before you buy art online of any type, it's best to fully understand the many advantages of doing so and the benefits of using the Internet to find your artwork.
The first great advantage is that you'll have a far better selection to choose from than you would visiting individual galleries whether you're looking for beautiful oil paintings on canvas or a finely done reproduction of a well known work. Also, because of the vast competition online, you will have a far better chance of obtaining a much better price on the artwork you buy.

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Friday
Jul302010

Giclee Art Printing and Fine Art Prints

Giclee pronounced 'Zhee clay' comes from the French word gicler, which means to spurt. It is an invented name by printmaker James Duganne in the 1990's. Giclee is an art process by making fine art prints from an inkjet printer. Jack Duganne worked with Iris Proof Printers the first ink jet printers to produce fine art prints. The Iris printers are large format printers and were used for proofing and colour matching. They produced excellent colour accuracy and could print on arrange of mediums like canvas, varieties of papers, silk and linen and also had low ink costs. Once printed, the article was normal discarded and then mass printing would occur after checking the article produced by the Iris Printer was fit to do so. Fine art prints printed from these printers normally degrade and have non-longevity because the printers were made for proofing only and they also use dye inks. The company that manufactured the Iris printers tried to reinvent themselves and make printers that produced fine art prints that were durable but they failed has competition grew vast. The competition includes Colorspan, Epson, Canon, HP, Mimaki and Roland DGA.

Iris proofs as what artists called them for obvious reasons where not called giclee prints and some artists wanted to distinguish them from that. Giclee prints lasts for many years. Nash came up with another name called digigraph to distinguish them from industrial printing which was Iris printing. At present giclee now stands from prints printed by fade - resistant archival inks including solvent inks.

Ink jet printers use a CMYK process but have multiple cartridges for variations of each colour based on CcMmYK (cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow and key which is black). This increases resolution and colour gamut. The printers can use a variety of substrates and even produce fabulous prints on thick paper, card and board with beautiful fine art finishes. Epson printing technology has now increased the CcMmYK process by adding a light black and a light light black and also matte black for matte papers and fine art papers including canvas. This is to deplete bronzing and to create stunning black and white giclee prints.

For artist giclee printing is economical, affordable and they don't need to produce larger runs of four colour offset prints. They can print on necessity and manipulate image files using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel, Ulead and ArcSoft Photo studio which can improve colour, size, resolution and tone. The disadvantages of giclee printing are that it can take a long time to print a print and sometimes can be expensive depending on what you're printing and how big. For customers buying giclee art prints it can be beneficial with price depending if it's a limited edition, original or the print has been mass printed. They can buy a print that matches their décor and of any size and on any substrate. They can even get the company their buying it from to change the colours of a print if they wish especially if it's a bespoke giclee printing company. They can also get their own images or photos to canvas if they wish. The most important customer factor is it last a very long time up to 75 years and this depends on substrates used and model of the printer, epson printers are very good for this. They now use a new system where there are three blacks and these create stunning black and white prints.

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Friday
Jul302010

Buy Art Online

It's easy to buy art these days. Years ago, you had to go to gallery openings to even see any art that was available, and then purchase the very expensive pieces directly from the artist or the agency running the showing. Today, you can buy art in many different types of stores as well as online.

The Internet is a great way to buy art. You have so many different artists, styles and types of art available to you thanks to online shopping. You can find websites that offer reprints of famous art inexpensively, so everyone can own a Picasso or a Monet these days. You can find your favorites reproduced in various sizes and no longer have to pay thousands of dollars.

But you can also buy original art online. Galleries will often have their artwork displayed online where you can view different artists' work for sale. Thanks to the Internet, you don't have to miss out on that great gallery opening in New York, even if you live thousands of miles away.
Gallery websites offer high quality images of the artwork available, complete with price (or a way to inquire about the price) and often a shopping cart system where you can purchase an item instantly. This makes art more accessible to everyone. And it's especially exciting for new and upcoming artists, as they have one more way to earn a living from their art.

If you plan to buy art online, there are really no hard and fast rules for doing so. You can find online stores or purchase art through online auctions. Auctions can be a bit trickier, because sometimes the descriptions of the items are exaggerations or outright lies. Often art that is sold as original for a higher price will turn out to be a reproduction. Sometimes a piece can be one of many pieces that were mass-produced and have variations not shown in the image in the description.

Also, an online auction can make any claims about a piece of art or an artist to boost sales. Art that's made out to be old, rare or valuable, often isn't. But if you buy art through a gallery, you can be assured of the authenticity of the piece or pieces. Galleries and other online venues for art have reputations to maintain, and often already have excellent reputations before even venturing into online art sales.

If you're new to buying art but you'd like to start, then a good first step is to decide what kind of art you'd like for the place you want to put it. If you have a wall in your living room where you'd like to hang a painting, for instance, you know what colors will work with your current décor. And you probably have some idea of the subject matter you'd like. Keep these things in mind as you browse through the available art. If you'd like to buy art for any area of your home, keeping the surrounding colors and shapes in mind can help you choose just the right piece.

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Thursday
Jul292010

Five Things you Need to Know Before Buying Art Online

 The Internet is revolutionizing the art world. In the not too distant past, if you were interested in browsing a few hundred paintings to find a new focal piece for your living room, you would’ve had to spend a considerable amount of time going from one gallery to the next. Now, in just several minutes, you can browse and purchase hundreds, even thousands, of original artworks right from your home. But before you click the “add to cart” button, there are five things you should know that will greatly improve your online art buying experience.

1. Know the Gallery – The most important aspect of buying art online is knowing who you are buying from. There are thousands of virtual galleries, and you want to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable one. If you can’t find a phone number on the gallery’s website, or it takes them more than a day or two to get back to a phone or email message, move on.

Find out where they are located, how long they’ve been in business, if the artwork is curated, how they price their art, and of course, what their return policy is. Make sure that if you decide you don’t love your artwork when it arrives, you have the ability to return it for a full refund, and without being charged high shipping or restocking fees.

Most artwork on the Internet is from emerging artists whose legacy is yet to be defined. As such, you will want help determining if their work is worth your time and money. Find an online gallery with a reliable curator or board of curators. Additionally, this type of art should be affordable. Although there is no exact science to pricing artwork, it should mainly be according to the artist’s previous sales and exhibition history, and the size, medium, and composition of the work. As a general rule, emerging artwork shouldn’t cost more than four figures unless it is a spectacular piece by a spectacular artist.

2. Know the Artist – Once you find a piece of art that you are interested in, get as much information as you can about the artist. Obtain their artist statement and speak with them if possible. If you are buying more for potential future investment, obtain a list of exhibitions that they have participated in, collections they are in, and find out where they went to art school. Overall, you want to make sure that you are buying from a legitimate working artist, and that there is quality and value in the work.

3. Know the Piece – You love the expressionist brushstrokes, now find out the important details. What is the medium, what surface was the work created on, is it framed, is it signed somewhere, and most importantly, what are the dimensions? You may be surprised at how big the artwork actually is, and you wouldn’t want to buy a piece that doesn’t fit on your wall. One of the best ways to combat this is to get a sheet of butcher paper, draw the dimensions of the artwork on it, and then cut it out. You can then put the paper on the wall where you intend to hang the art to get an idea of the size. Also, certain online galleries have a view to scale feature that will show you the artwork in a virtual room proportionate to your room’s dimensions.

4. Know the Edition – If you are buying printmaking or photography, you need to find out if the piece is part of a limited edition or open edition. Pieces that are in a limited edition are produced in a set limited quantity and tend to be more expensive, but can also have more value because of their limited number. Open edition artworks are not limited in quantity and can be reproduced indefinitely. In both cases, each piece in the edition is identical and is considered an original.

5. Keep a Record – Save your receipt of purchase. If you intend to sell the art in the future, this is a must. In the art world, this is known as provenance, or the artwork’s history of ownership. Depending upon how well known the artist becomes, this will help establish that the work is not fake or stolen.

With all of this in mind, buy what you like! Don’t worry too much about what the art market or your friends say, choose artwork that you connect with. Although art may hold a future value, find pieces that you are passionate about. After all, you are the one who has to live with it.

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Wednesday
Jul282010

Buying Art Online - Some Simple Rules to Bear in Mind

 

More and more people are getting comfortable about buying art online. In the early days of the Internet, potential art buyers were hesitant, fearing fraud and worrying about transaction safety. Moreover, images and descriptions were often too wanting in quality to serve as a reliable fundament for judgement. The market has matured and a more professional corps of sellers is addressing a public growing increasingly comfortable. Collectors have discovered the advantages of the Internet market place and the future seems bright for online transactions. As for pricing, the virtual market has natural limits that make most people unwilling to buy at the price levels they would consider in traditional venues. Today, the online limit seems to correspond to the7500 dollar/5000 Euro ceiling that a number of international art fairs have been maintaining to prone the concept of 'affordable art'. One may safely predict that online transactions of art will continue to gain market share and especially in this price segment. It becomes important to familiarise oneself with the possible drawbacks of this promising trade.

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