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Do I know enough about art to make this investment?
You certainly do. The most important part is simply whether you like it or not, whether you'd hang in your home and say "I like this". Your Authorized Greenwich Workshop Dealer is there to answer any questions you may have about the artist, the process, the Edition itself. Most importantly, it is about how you feel about the art.
What is the difference between a Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition and a poster?
Posters are generally mass produced with commercial inks and papers and can be purchased anywhere for a range of prices. Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions can take weeks to produce with fade resistant inks on acid-free fine art stock or archival canvas. The artist collaborates in the process and his or her signature marks his or her approval of the image. Our fine art editions are low in number, produced to rigid standards and are sold only through a select network of committed professionals.
Who decides what art becomes a Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition?
The artist, publisher and Authorized Dealer Network work together to make these decisions. Fine art reproduction is an expensive process and many factors are weighed carefully before the decision is made to create a Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition from an original work.
What does the © on a Greenwich Workshop Edition print or canvas mean?
That symbol represents the copyright filed with the United States government, which provides protection from unauthorized reproduction of the artwork. It signifies the publisher’s exclusive right to reproduce a given piece of art in print or canvas.
Who controls the secondary market?
It is a free market phenomenon driven by supply and demand, individual buyers and sellers. No publisher or gallery controls or drives it. The fact that there is a secondary market for Editions is a wonderful potential benefit of owning one, but should never drive your selection. Purchase art that speaks to you and enjoy it.
How do I purchase Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions?
We at the Greenwich Workshop firmly believe that the most enjoyable and successful art collecting experiences begin with a relationship with an Authorized Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Dealer. Though we do not sell directly to collectors, this site can help you to contact your Preferred Dealer and make your purchase.
On the Detail Page you will also note that the status of the edition at the Publisher is indicated as either: Available, Low Inventory or Sold Out. Both Available and Low Inventory indicate that the Greenwich Workshop still has the ability to fulfill the edition to your Dealer. Sold Out indicates that the Greenwich Workshop no longer has the edition in stock, but your Preferred Dealer may be able to assist you in locating one. If you are interested in a Sold Out edition, don’t let that stop you from inquiring with your Preferred Dealer about its availability.
The Greenwich Workshop will also be notified of your inquiry and will ensure that your Preferred Dealer responds in a timely manner.
What is The Greenwich Workshop Difference and
what are the rewards of owning a Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition?
Possessing the Best
Every Greenwich Workshop Catalogue is a Who’s Who of the most award-winning, sought-after and influential artists painting today. Serious collectors recognize them as the most important painters in their genres. The Greenwich Workshop tradition of quality and integrity begins with our Family of Artists. To see a complete listing of our artists visit: www.greenwichworkshop.com/studio.
Not all Editions are created equal. A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition is the highest quality fine art Edition your money can buy. Our exacting standards have been the envy of the industry for over 35 years. Created from the artist’s original work, Fine Art Editions are produced in strictly limited quantities. Each print is inspected and signed by the artist, inspected again by Greenwich and then consecutively numbered, giving each an individual identity and the Greenwich Workshop’s assurance of quality.
Fidelity and Archival Quality
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions are printed with the most advanced reproduction technology for image fidelity. We will invest months of collaborative color work with the artist before we are ready to produce an image. Fade-resistant archival inks and the finest acid-free papers and canvas ensure the longevity of your fine art purchase.
By definition, Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions are limited—very limited. Only the smallest fraction of homes can own a print or canvas from a given edition. This assures that any Greenwich Workshop art in your home is reflective of your unique and individual taste.
Potential of the Secondary Market
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions that are Sold Out at Publisher and continue to create collector demand are sometimes made available on what is referred to as the “Secondary Market.” The value of any sold out edition is the result of this free market phenomenon and based wholly on the price a collector is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept.
Your Authorized Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Dealer is your own personal art consultant and skilled gallery and framing professional. Fine art is an investment, meant to be framed and protected with care. Your Authorized Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Dealer is there for you every step of the way, offering professional advice for your unique art preferences. Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions are available exclusively through the Authorized Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Dealer Network.
What are Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Reproduction Techniques?
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Print
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art print is a Edition replicated on archival quality paper using glicée printing.
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art canvas is a Edition printed on archival quality canvas using glicée printing.
Giclée (pronounced zshee-clay)
Giclée is a digital printing technology in which incredibly fine jets of ink literally “spray” the image onto paper or canvas. This process builds the fine art reproduction in infinitesimal increments as the paper or canvas passes beneath.
Offset Lithography (Print / Canvas)
Offset lithography is a photomechanical or digital printing technique that transfers an image from metal or paper plates onto rubber rollers (called printing blankets), then onto the final paper or canvas. Greenwich Workshop inks and archival papers and canvases are specially made to our exact specifications, resulting in unmatched clarity and color fidelity to the original.
This unique and complicated canvas technique replicates the look and feel of an original painting, right down to an artist’s brushstrokes. Oil-based inks are laid on a thin piece of oil-based material using the process of offset lithography. A textured mold is created from the original artwork, and heat and vacuum pressure bond this mold to the final canvas.
Original Stone Lithograph
This is an age-old technique in which an image is drawn on a stone by the artist (in reverse!) and then pressed by hand, one color at a time, onto paper or canvas. Each lithograph is considered an original because the image is created during the process, thus no two are exactly the same.
The serigraph process (also known as silk-screening) is a time-honored hand printing technique, based on stenciling. Ink or paint is carefully brushed through a fine fabric screen, portions of which have been masked for impermeability. For each color, a different portion of the screen must be masked, and each color must be allowed to dry before the next is applied. The depth of color in the resulting fine art serigraph is almost luminous.
Hand-tinting predates the introduction of color lithography and enhances the concept of a lithograph as an original since an artist applies original brushwork.
Some paper or canvas editions include brushstrokes done by hand by the artist. These additions enhance both the look and value of the work.
Porcelain or Bronze
Each three-dimensional work of art first takes shape in sculptor’s clay and is brought to its final form in the finest materials available, including porcelain, bronze, pewter and even semiprecious stones. Quality and craftsmanship, guided under the watchful eye of the artist, are the hallmarks of the Greenwich Workshop collection of porcelain and bronze editions.
What are Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Definitions?
A large format Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition where either the width or height exceeds 36 inches.
An extra-large format Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition where either the width or height exceeds 50 inches.
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition with an image area of 144 square inches or less.
Releases (that began with the commemoration of our 30th Anniversary) that bring favorite releases to news mediums and sizes, such as the canvas format. They are numbered 1/year of production in roman numerals, i.e. 1/MMVIII.
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition that is released without a predetermined number of units. Generally, these are not signed by the artist or numbered (though some may be).
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition appearing for the first time in Catalogue is noted by its scheduled shipping date.
Signed by the Artist and Numbered (or S/N)
Each Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition is signed by the artist, certifying their inspection and approval, then numbered.
The edition size is the number of reproductions in any given print or canvas release. There are two numbers on a Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition—for example, 157/250. The number on the bottom (250) refers to the total number of reproductions in the edition. The number above (157) is the number of the individual print.
Dimensions are marked in inches, listed width by height (w" x h") and refer only to the image area on a print or canvas.
Stretched / Unstretched (Canvas)
Most canvases are delivered to your Authorized Greenwich Workshop Dealer already stretched. Canvases that exceed 36" are delivered to your Dealer unstretched and rolled in a tube.
Stretched canvas with a clean, staple-free edge which can be displayed with or without a picture frame.
A museum quality, acid-free panel coated with a smooth absorbent comparable to the clay gesso grounds used during the Renaissance.
A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Limited Edition that is nearly Sold Out at Publisher.
Sold Out at Publisher
No inventory of that particular edition remains at The Greenwich Workshop. Be sure to check with your Authorized Dealer as they may have one in stock or may be able to locate it on the secondary market.
Artist Proofs (or APs)
An exclusive subset of any given release traditionally reserved for use by the artist and publisher. Collectors give greater value to APs, as they are often difficult to obtain. These are signed and numbered separately from the edition. The letters “AP” can be found written beside the numbers, for example, AP 1/20.
A sketch or watercolor, usually handmade by the artist, which may accompany a special fine art edition.
Order Period A set period of time during which orders can be placed for a fine art edition.
Framing Not Included
We believe that every fine art edition should be framed to each individual’s needs. The frames in the catalog are for display only unless otherwise specified.
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