FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES AP MEAN?
AP or Artist Proofs go back to the days of hand made presses. The artist would ultimately crank the crank, print the print and check the colors. If they didn’t like the red, they changed it; they made these adjustments until the print was to their liking. They were truly proofs. Today, it is just a tradition, since technology has made huge changes in the printing industry.
AP’s are limited edition and only make up about 10%-15% of the signed and numbered (S/N) edition of that same image and size. If 350 prints are made S/N in a specific size, then only 35 AP prints are made in that same size. Each artist proof is numbered similar to this 20/35AP and signed as well.
WHAT DOES S/N MEAN?
S/N refers to Signed and Numbered prints, which means exactly that — they’re signed and they’re numbered. Each reproduction that is S/N is limited in edition. Each S/N reproduction will look similar to this 20/300 and signed.
WHAT DOES OPEN MEAN?
OPEN refers an item that is not limited in the quantity that can be printed by the publisher. It is not a limited edition, it will not have a number but will be signed. The quality of this canvas is the same as a limited edition.
SHOULD I PURCHASE AN AP OR S/N PRINT?
Ultimately, the decision is yours. Some collectors feel as though an AP print will be more valuable in the long run, since not many are made, compared to, S/N editions. While that could be true, it all depends on the market at the time.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY BETWEEN S/N AND AP PRINTS?
No, the quality is exactly the same, created from the same image, same paper and same inks. The only difference is the limited quantity of prints with the AP designation.
WHAT IS A GICLEE PRINT?
A Giclée is the printing process used for reproducing a print. Giclée’s are individually produced on a special large format printer from a digital scan of existing artwork. They contain bright colors, crisp detail and a high-resolution display. Giclée printing is a process that uses fade-resistant, archival inks and archival substrates to print on large format printers. Giclée printing is often used by artists to make reproductions of their original two-dimensional artwork, photographs or computer-generated art for resale while preserving the original.
WHAT IS TIMELESS EDITION?
These prints are of an edition, which are signed and sequentially numbered reproductions. They are not limited edition prints, but are numbered in the order they are produced. Every print will have a different number from each other. They are the same quality as limited edition prints. Example #24 #25 #26
WHAT IS A LARGE FORMAT CANVAS GICLEE?
A Large Format Canvas Giclée is something we offer to those that have large spaces that need to be filled. Ultimately, they are special orders reproduced larger than what is offered on the site. They would be by-quote only depending on the size of the reproduction you would like. Any of the images on the site can be made to order and some can be reproduced up to 50″ high. They are the same quality as what is offered on the site and one of a kind. If you are interested in a quote simply contact us!
WHAT IS STRETCHED AND WHAT IS ROLLED CANVAS?
Stretching is the process of taking a Rolled Canvas and stretching it over a stretcher bar, thin wooden rails, in which the canvas is then secured to. The canvas is then ready to be framed. Most framers can stretch your canvas.
A Rolled Canvas is a canvas before it has been stretched. It ships rolled in a tube and would be stretched by your framer.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A ROLLED CANVAS?
Shipping the canvas rolled is more practical, since it keeps shipping costs down, and there’s less chance of your canvas being damaged on the way to you. It’s the most cost-effective way all around! Although rolled canvas must be brought to a professional framer for stretching, it allows you to make one stop to the framer. You can get your canvas stretched and choose a frame of your liking altogether. Since it’s safely in a tube, you’re also lessening your risk of damaging the canvas on the way to the frame shop, as opposed to if it were already stretched.