What is a Limited Edition Print?
The majority of the prints we offer are classified as Limited Edition, meaning the print belongs to a unique set of identical prints which are individually numbered in succession and signed by the artist in pencil. The total number of prints is fixed or "limited" by the artist who supervises the printing. All additional prints will have been destroyed and no additional prints will be produced. The limited nature of these prints helps insure value through limited availability which appreciates over time.
What is an Artist Proof?
Artist Proofs are authorized by the artist in addition to the limited signed and numbered edition. They are intended for the artist's personal use and it is typical to reserve approximately ten percent of an edition as artist's proofs, although this number can be lower or higher. The total size of a limited edition 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 twenty identical prints authorized as artist proofs). Proofs are generally signed by the artist as validation of the prints. When Artist Proofs are made available for sale, they typically command a higher price, because as such, they are extremely rare and unique.
What are Co-Signatures?
In addition, many of our limited addition prints are Co-signed by the aviators who made history in the prints depicted. A fine limited edition aviation art print, also signed by some of the greatest living and deceased legends of aviation history ensures undeniable additional value to each print making it a true aviation artifact that you can own and enjoy. The original signatures available on our limited edition prints include Chuck Yeager, Pappy Boyington, Adolf Galland, Eric Hartmann and hundreds of other great aviation pioneers, innovators and combat veterans.
What is a Remarque?
A Remarque is typically a small original sketch, related to the larger image, in the margin of an art print created by the artist. This is a significant enhancement to the print making it especially unique and valuable
What is an Open Edition?
Open Edition prints are a series of prints in an art edition that has an unlimited number of copies. Some of open editions are signed individually by the artist, while some are not. Open editions are typically lower cost and when the edition is sold out, the publisher has the ability to reproduce additional prints as needed.
What is a Giclée?
The word Giclée (pronounced geeclay)is derived from the French verb ‘Gicler’ meaning ‘to spray or to spatter’ and relates to the process whereby specially formulated, fade-resistant, archival quality inks are applied by highly sensitive ink-jet nozzles in a continuous spray, providing better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
Using the very latest high-technology, and unlike other forms of fine art printing, giclées are printed directly from a digitally captured image in an ultra high-resolution format where there are no visible dot screen patterns. This allows the many delicate and sophisticated tones to be beautifully reproduced with unparalleled accuracy, giving the image all the tonalities and hues of the original painting.
What is a Canvas Transfer?
Canvas Transfers are reproductions on canvas, instead of paper, which is created by a process such as serigraphy, photomechanical or giclée printing. Some processes can even recreate the texture, brush strokes and aged appearance of the original work.
How should I Handle a fine art print?
Always take special care when handling your prints. Art prints are very delicate and rough handling can crease or dent the paper. Fingerprints can permanently damage the print surface.
How do I storing Unframed Prints?
If you are not displaying your print right away, be sure to store them in safe place under the proper conditions. A dark setting with a steady temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity with a high of 50 percent and a low of 30 percent is ideal. Prints should be stored flat in protective folders, boxes or drawers made from acid-free, archival quality materials.
What is the best way to displaying my collection?
Signed and numbered aviation fine art prints are an investment that will appreciate in value over time while providing years of enjoyment and pride of ownership. For the best long term preservation of your investment, we recommend using archival quality mat boards that are acid-free and when farming your print. These mats, known as acid-free board, museum board, conservation board or 100% rag board are available in many colors and fabrics and will help to preserve your print.
Choosing a location to display your print is equally important. All light is damaging, and causes irreversible harm that accumulates with exposure. Ultraviolet light (UV), which is found in sunlight, is the most damaging. The American Institute for Conservation also warns that UV light it also present in artificial lights such as fluorescent and metal halogen lamps. We recommend avoiding the brightest spot in the house when hanging your prints.
You will also need to protect your print from the threat of heat and humidity. Most importantly, don't store prints in attics, basements or garages, and never hang them in bathrooms or over fireplaces. Air conditioning, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can help regulate the environment in your home or workplace.