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Douglas Bennion


The prints of my artwork are professionally produced, on state-of-the-art equipment, and always to the highest standard.

They are typically shipped flat, within one week to ten days of your order.
Prices include free shipping to the contiguous U.S., and each print comes with its own certificate of authenticity.

...some information about prints in general

...what is a Giclée?

The word Giclée (gee-clay) comes from a French word meaning "to squirt or spray". The term is a loose fitting word that nearly describes the printing process in which ink is applied to paper. These highly sophisticated printers use a continuous stream of up to one million microscopic droplets of pigmented ink onto fine quality paper or canvas. Each droplet is only one quarter of the diameter of a human hair. On paper, the inks are actually absorbed slightly and blend to create the full brilliance and subtlest tones of color, which produces an image that is often indistinguishable from the original artwork.

The image is digitized and color corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original artwork. This digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring the fidelity of the original. They are produced using the finest quality and longest lasting materials currently available which will have no noticeable fading or discoloration for many decades, and with proper care and handling, a century or more.

I have worked closely with the printer to produce these fine museum quality Giclée prints using the highest rated archival pigment inks and acid-free fine art paper to capture the full beauty of the original paintings.

...what is a Lithograph?

The lithography process begins with a transparency of the original artwork which is separated into the four basic color elements; red, yellow, blue, and black. One printing plate is produced for each of these four colors with a mechanically spaced dot to except the ink, which will blend optically to reproduce the original color and tonal range found in the original artwork. The four plates are mounted and aligned on a four-color printing press and the paper is run through the press accepting ink from each plate and transferring it to the paper.

The full edition is printed at one time, using the finest quality and longest lasting materials available which will have no noticeable fading or discoloration for many decades. I approve each step in the process and work closely with the printer to produce the closest possible match to the original artwork.

...what is a Limited Edition Print?

A limited edition print is a given number of high quality reproductions of an original work of art. Each print is individually numbered followed by the number of total reproductions, such as 5/90, which is the fifth print of ninety total prints. Once the last print is printed, for example 90/90, no additional prints of this edition will be produced. All of my limited edition prints come with a Certificate of Authenticity which fully describes the print, all edition image sizes that have been produced, as well as the total edition size.

...what is a Certificate of Authenticity?

A Certificate of Authenticity fully certifies and describes the individual print, as well as the total edition produced from the original painting. Each certificate is hand-numbered and signed by the artist. Your Certificate of Authenticity is a valuable part of your purchase and should be filed with your other important papers.

The Certificate of Authenticity allows me the opportunity to distinguish a limited edition print from what would be presented as an "open" edition print, reproduction, or poster. It also details the various printing factors: if multiple edition image sizes were produced and in what number, the total number of all reproductions produced including the artist proofs, and certifies that each print has been personally inspected, signed, and numbered by me.

...what is a Chop Mark?

...from the Tamarind institute: "Chops are identifying symbols of the publisher and/or the printer that are often embossed in the paper."

For a large run lithograph, I felt a small chop mark provided an added layer of authenticity, as well as discretely certifying the paper.

 

If you have a comment or question please contact me, thank you.