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 Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of art do you sell?
Open-edition reproductions -- that is, prints, posters, photographs -- and limited-edition prints, covering a wide range of tastes from classical fine art to popular culture to educational themes to sports, music or movie celebrities. We also offer a growing collection of original art. We offer a one-stop online shopping experience that lets you acquire art that is as unique as you are.

What is a limited edition? TOP
A limited edition is a series of identical prints, which are limited to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces. The artist determines the size of the edition, and usually signs and numbers each individual piece.

What is a giclee? TOP
Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") is a French word meaning "a spraying of ink.” With the advent of giclée, the art of reproducing fine art has become even more precise. Giclées have the highest apparent resolution available today - as high as 1,800 dots per inch. In addition, since no screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs and a colour range that exceeds that of serigraphy. Displaying a full colour spectrum, giclée prints capture every nuance of an original and have gained wide acceptance from artists and galleries throughout the world.

The patented printing technology utilizes microscopically fine droplets of ink to form the image. A print can consist of nearly 20 billion ink droplets. The microscopic droplets of ink vary in sizes (approximately the size of a red blood cell) and density. This unique patented feature produces a near continuous tone image, smoother gradation between tones, and a more finely differentiated colour palette.

What is a serigraph or silkscreen? TOP
Silk-screening, which was introduced around 1907, presses ink through a fine screen onto paper. A stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. Unlike photo-offset, silk-screens (also called serigraphs) allow the artist to vary the colours and patterns while printing.

What does 'S/N' mean? TOP
S/N is a symbol used to indicate that a limited edition has been signed and numbered by the artist himself/herself.

What is an artist's proof, or what does A/P mean? TOP
A small group of prints set aside from an edition for an artist's or printer's use. Typically some of the first prints pulled from a limited edition of prints are marked as an A.P. and [sometimes] left unnumbered. Artist's proofs generally draw a higher price than other impressions.

Does the image on your site accurately represent what I will be sent? TOP
We strive for a high degree of image accuracy. However, in some cases, the visual representation may be approximate. Occasionally, minor modifications occur between printing runs. If you are not satisfied with the product you receive, you may return it within thirty (30) days for a refund.

How accurate are the item dimensions listed on your web pages? TOP verifies the dimensions of all images on our site, but due to industry standards sizes can vary slightly. If you are not satisfied with the product you receive, you may return it within seven (7) days for a refund.