Fine Art Gallery

"It is through childhood and experiences through life that inspire their work. It is with the paint brush they express their true emotions."
- Unknown

Amour d'Art FAQ's:

We cannot be held accountable or forced to honor pricing mistakes or typos on our website. We do strive to be 100% accurate on our site, but there may be a time when there is an error. If such an error exists we will take immediate action to correct the situation.  Each piece of fine art for sale on our site is either a limited edition or an original, one-of-a-kind piece. There may be times when only one or two pieces in an edition are available, and someone may have ordered it while our site is still showing it as available. Should this happen, call us and we will do all possible to locate that piece for you. In the case that it is not available, your purchase will be refunded to you.

 

We charge 8.75% sales tax to all orders shipped in California.

 

The material or medium of the each artwork varies from piece to piece. The medium will be listed on the detailed view of each piece. The most common types of mediums and materials for our fine art paintings include the following:

Deckled Edge – This is a feathery paper edge. Deckle edges are created by the process of making handmade paper. The paper tends to thin out around the edges underneath a wooden frame called a deckle. Contemporary machine-made paper does not have a deckle edge. *Also called featheredge.* However, mold-made paper used for fine stationery is still made with a deckle edge. In other grades of paper, the deckle edge is trimmed off.

Gouache – Gouache is a painting medium similar to watercolor, but heavier and more opaque because a gum substance is added to the mixture of ground pigment and water. Gouaches, like watercolors, are usually on paper.

 

List Price/Gallery Retail refers to prices that are generally provided by the artist, publisher, or gallery where the art was purchased. The list price/gallery retail may or may not reflect what a piece will actually sell for on the open market, and is meant merely as a guide. Due to availability, popularity of the item or artist, market changes, and other factors, you are encouraged to purchase items based primarily on your appreciation of the image or recognition of the artist.

 

Proofs are fine art prints which have been authorized by the artist in addition to the limited signed and numbered edition. The total size of an art edition consists of the signed and numbered prints plus all outstanding proofs. If a set of proofs consists of more than one print, numbers are inscribed to indicate the number of the prints within the total number of the particular type of proof, (e.g. AP 5/20 means the fifth print in a set of 20 identical prints authorized as artist proofs). Proofs are generally signed by the artist as validation of the prints.

"Archival-Prints" are Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions. Sometimes called "Giclee Prints", these artworks are made with an ultra-high-resolution fine-art printer, using the very finest archival inks and papers. Independant testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (a world-leader in image-longevity testing) has established that these "Archival-Prints" will last more than 200 years before any noticable shift in color integrity occurs. They are truly "Museum-quality Fine-Art reproductions".

Archival-Prints are made with 2 different kinds of paper. The satin finish of the "Semi-Gloss" paper is the ideal surface for reproducing oil paintings. There is enough coating to provide the richest and most accurate colors, but not so much coating that reflective gloss makes the image difficult to see. Drawings and watercolor images are reproduced on "Archival-Matte" paper, an uncoated stock which gives the reproduction the look and feel of the original. The "251 gsm" weight of the paper (corresponding approximately to 100 Lb. cover paper) is also ideal. These art prints have not only the look, but also the heavyweight "feel" of fine-art prints: they are both sturdy and tear-resistant.

The dot-pattern of these prints is invisible to the naked eye; they are literally indistinguishable from continuous-tone photographs - very good photographs. Under extreme magnification (15X) the print quality can be seen to be the equivalent of the very finest printing. And the artist responsible for achieving perfect tonal balance and color fidelity in these fine-art reproductions is the same artist who created these delicate qualities in the first place. These are among the most accurate, most archival prints available anywhere. Archival-Prints are beautiful reproductions, that will look as rich and vibrant to your great-great grandchildren as they will to you. I am delighted to offer them to the public at this time!

Remember that ALL artwork, prints and originals, MUST be kept away from direct sunlight; sunlight will quickly bleach even the very finest oil paintings - which is why they use dim lights in museums.

  • Chiarographs – The Chiarograph is a fusion of traditional printmaking and the latest digital technology. The characteristic of the Chiarograph medium is unique: while each one has a pattern or part of an image that is repeated, the individual hand painting preparation results in a one of a kind print. Thus, no two prints are identical. The beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking and painting. 

  • Collograph – Printing technique in which proofs are pulled from a block on which the artwork or design is built up like a collage, creating relief.

  • Etching – Printing technique in which a metal plate is first covered with an acid-resistant material, then worked with an etching needle to create an intaglio image. The exposed metal is eaten away in an acid bath, creating depressed lines that are later inked for printing.

  • Iris or Giclée – A computerized reproduction technique in which the image and topography are generated from a digital file and printed by a special ink jet printer, using ink, acrylic or oil paints. Giclée printing offers one of the highest degrees of accuracy and richness of color available in any reproduction technique.

  • Lithograph – Printing technique using a planographic process in which fine art prints are pulled on a special press from a flat stone or metal surface that has been chemically sensitized so that ink sticks only to the design areas and is repelled by the non-image areas. Lithography was invented in 1798 in Germany by Alois Senefelder.

  • Offset Lithograph – A special photo-mechanical technique in which the image to be printed is transferred to the negative plates and printed onto paper. Offset lithography is very well adapted to color printing.

  • Serigraph (Silk-screen) – A printing technique that makes use of a squeegee to force ink directly onto a piece of paper or canvas through a stencil, creating an image on a screen of silk or other fine fabric with an impermeable substance. Serigraphy differs from most other printing in that its color areas are paint films rather than printing ink stains.

 

If an item is SOLD OUT, it means that we, as gallery and dealers, can no longer obtain the requested prints, or canvas, at the original issue price. It does NOT mean that the print you seek is not available. It does mean that the artist, the artist gallery, and/or his/her publisher no longer have ANY prints, or canvases, available. WE HAVE A VERY LARGE INVENTORY; however, if we do not have the fine art for sale on our site, we will do our best to locate it on the secondary market, and purchase from other collectors, dealers, and galleries. The price is usually higher than the original issue price in this case. The actual price you may locate a print for on the secondary market will be determined by the supply and demand of that particular print or canvas. The more collectible they become, the more expensive they may also become. If the collectability and demand are high, and the availability is low, prices will most likely be higher, and the availability even lower. Because it is always a changing market, PLEASE CALL US to find out the current prices and availability. Prices are always subject to change.

 

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