The following notes are here to help you understand my methods, materials and pricing, and to help you to look after your painting/artwork.
Original oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings (£260–£1500)
All of my paintings are painted on primed canvas/board or acid free paper/board, using good quality paints and mediums. I sometimes use other substrates such as wood panels.
I do not use chemical solvents for environmental and health reasons, and personal preference, preferring to use natural oil mediums. The textures are part of the quality of the piece but care should be used when handling the painting to prevent knocks and scratches.
Some of my paintings are sold unvarnished for personal preference. It should be noted that unvarnished pieces are more fragile than varnished works, so extra care should to be taken when cleaning them and placing them.
Original works on paper (£180–£600)
Original works on paper that are on good quality acid free paper. Where a work is sold unframed, it will either be in an acid-free mount, or posted in a cardboard tube, according to your preference. I recommend that unframed works on paper are framed as soon as possible to give them protection.Shop for originals on paper
Original life studies on paper and sketches (£80–£200)
My life studies and sketches are often done on a variety of papers and mediums and therefore cannot be guaranteed acid free (they may fade or discolour over a period of time especially if exposed to light). They may also be odd sizes. This is reflected in their price point. They are supplied unframed for do-it-yourself framing at home.Shop for life studies
Giclée prints: (£25–£120 unframed)
A giclée print is a high-resolution, high-fidelity reproduction, printed digitally from a photograph or scan of the original artwork. The superior print quality and vibrancy is valued for its long-lasting colour-fastness, and they are an affordable way to purchase a limited edition artwork.
My giclées are printed on Museum Heritage 310 gsm acid-free, natural white fine art paper. They are produced in limited editions of 20 or 50. All are signed and numbered.
Most of my prints are supplied unframed and either supplied in an acid-free mount, or rolled and posted in a cardboard tube for DIY framing at home. Most prints and mounts are sized to fit off-the-shelf frames.Shop for prints
Frames and mounts
Most of my original paintings are supplied professionally framed. The cost of the frame is included in the wall price of the artwork. Box canvasses are sold unframed and ready to hang as the clean lines and depth are part of the desired visual effect.
Works on paper, or paintings that use delicate mediums are framed behind glass. Depending on the medium and value, I may use Clarity Glass for a higher level of UV protection. You can request an upgrade to Clarity Glass, if your piece is framed behind standard glazing. The cost of re-glazing with the superior glass will be charged in addition to the artwork cost.
Should you wish to purchase a painting unframed, this can be arranged and the cost of the frame will be deducted from the wall price.
Giclée prints, some works on paper and life studies, if sold framed from exhibitions or from the studio, will be archivally framed by myself in good quality off-the-shelf frames. Any mounts and backboards will be acid-free.
Looking after your artwork
To keep your artwork looking its best for years to come, I recommend that you:
- Do not hang your artwork in direct sunlight as this can affect the pigments and cause fading.
- If possible, avoid hanging your artwork over a radiator or fire, where it is subject to direct heat, as this can cause the paint to soften and harden, causing the potential for cracking over time. It can also affect the frame.
- Use a very soft brush and/or puffer to remove dust and take extra care with textured surfaces. Avoid using cloths.
- Clean glazed surfaces with a gentle glass cleaner and a soft cloth (microfibre is ideal). Do not use abrasive cleaners.
Purchasing my work
Original works can be usually be purchased either through galleries and exhibitions, or directly from my studio. If a work is being exhibited, please purchase the work via the gallery. Pyramid Gallery and Corner Gallery both have my original paintings available to purchase from their online shops.
Giclée prints and life drawings can be purchased from my online shop, directly from from the studio (see note above), and the Corner Gallery, York, also stocks a selection of giclée prints (also available from their online shop).
Card payment is available for purchases made from my studio (minimum transaction £5). I cannot accept card payments over the phone.
You can also pay cash, cheque or by bank transfer. If paying by cheque, or bank transfer, artwork will be available for collection when funds have cleared so please allow adequate time for this.
Payment by monthly instalment is available for purchases made from my studio, over £200 in value, and at my discretion. Deposit, monthly instalment amounts and duration will be mutually agreed. Artwork can be collected from the studio when the final instalment has been received. Terms will be discussed and agreed with you. Galleries may offer their own payment schemes.
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