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What is the Giclee Process?
Does BAS paint Commissions?
What is a Limited Edition?
What is a Certificate of Authority?
Does BAS give Personal Art Tuition?
What paint medium does BAS prefer to use?
How does BAS gain inspriation to create his artwork?
Does BAS use photographs for reference material?
Does BAS help to support wildlife and environmental concerns?
How long does it take for BAS to create an original oil painting?
Does BAS have a favourite wildlife subject that he likes to paint - animal, bird or sealife?
What part of the world is BAS` favourite location?
How do I care for my Fine Art Giclee Canvas Limited Edition?
How do I care for my Fine Art Paper Limited Edition?
What is an Artist Proof?


What is the Giclee Process?
The process of BAS Giclee Canvas Reproduction result in the production of exclusive Fine Art Collector Masterpieces, giving the truest representation of the painting outside of owning a BAS Original . The term Giclee applies to digital inkjet printing of a painting onto specially coated canvas, with the highest quality of reproduction (approved by the Fine Arts Guild, UK) and excellent colour matching.

BAS Giclee Canvas Reproductions have all the subtle tones and gradations of the original painting and with a higher resolution than lithographs. The Giclee is printed with light-fast pigmented inks onto traditional canvas giving the feel, texture and look of an original work of art.


In both the UK and America, Giclee Canvas Reproductions are well established with signed and numbered prints appearing in the finest galleries and museums. It has been widely agreed that Giclee Reproductions offer the highest quality of print available today.

The continuous tone of the Giclee process produces thousands of shades of rich colour, creating a blend of art and technology that achieves the intention of the artist more closely than any other means currently available. As a result, the observer views a Fine Art image as vibrant as the original painting. The finished canvas is coated with protective waterproofing and ultra-violet varnish to provide additional protection and durability. Each BAS Giclee Canvas Reproduction is signed and numbered by the artist. BAS Giclee Canvases are printed for a limited number of editions and then never reproduced again.

Giclee Reproduction Process


Giclee graphics are the result of a revolutionary computerized process. The Giclee process describes the continuous tone reproduction method. Using data from the original painting gathered by a highly sensitive scanner, a state of the art graphics printer, magnetizes, then sprays four million drops of water- based inks per second onto a spinning drum that holds the canvas. These environmentally safe inks are light-fast pigmented inks and are applied with a computer controlled accuracy that is unsurpassed in the art world.

After numerous proofs are personally worked on by the artist and printmaker, protective waterproofing and ultra-violet coatings are applied to the final version. The finished piece of artwork is a perfect representation of the artist's thoughts, translated digitally.

One of the keys to the success of this kind of reproduction is the system's versatility. With computer control of the inkjets, over 16 million gradations of colour are possible. The image can be infinitely adjusted by the artist until it matches the original. this adjustability provides the power to reproduce original Fine Art work more closely than any other non-offset method of Fine Art printing, with the advantage of perfectly identical reproductions.


Does BAS paint Commissions?
Yes. BAS' Original Oil Paintings  created with the artists' unique vision and expertise while using the finest art materials, are available for discerning art collectors. Please contact The Art of BAS for any further information about the Original Oil Paintings. Commissioned paintings by BAS are created through close consultancy with the purchaser.

Commissions of paintings are undertaken for Government agencies, the corporate sector and private clients.

It is well established that art can represent the image and philosophy of a company and create
a more aesthetically pleasing working environment that also enhances the experience of your clients.

What is a Limited Edition?

Set of identical prints numbered in succession and signed by the artist. The total number of prints if fixed or "limited" by the artist who supervises the printing. All additional prints have been destroyed.

A Limited Edition Print   is one in which a limit is placed on the number of prints produced in a particular edition, in order to create a scarcity of the print. Limited Editions are signed and numbered by the artist. Once the prints in the edition have been sold out, the printing plate or digital file is then destroyed by the Printmaker in order to maintain the integrity of the limited edition. The image will not be published again in the same form.

The Art of BAS follows the strict standards adhered to by the Fine Art Printing Industry, assuring the collector that each Fine Art Limited Edition is unique and produced to the highest of standards.


What is a Certificate of Authority?

A Certificate of Authority is a statement of authenticity of a Fine Art Limited Edition reproduction that states the title of the work, the print's number within the edition, the number of artist's proofs and the release date. It guarantees that the edition is limited and that the image will not be published again in the same form. Each Fine Art Limited Edition that The Art of BAS produces comes with this Certificate personally signed and numbered by the artist.


Does BAS give Personal Art Tuition?
BAS has often given advice about art to fellow artists, college students and school pupils. It is his pleasure to share whatever experiences he has gained within the art world, particularly as a Wildlife and Nature artist, but also within the broader contemporary art field. If you would like to contact BAS   on any matter regarding his or your own art work then please do so through the means of contact here on The Art of BAS website.

What paint medium does BAS prefer to use?
BAS prefers to use oil paints for particular reasons. He finds oil paint to be very rich in colour whilst remaining true to nature rather than manufactured. Artist quality oil paint is always used to create a BAS original oil painting , this being the finest of mediums for longevity and purity of colour. Usually he doesn't use any additional mediums with the oil paint, preferring the consistency of the paint straight from the tube.

How does BAS gain inspriation to create his artwork?
Inspiration for paintings is crucial and any true artist would not paint without this essential ingredient. BAS finds limitless inspiration fro his artwork in the natural world, soaking in the wonders of Creation. Wildlife and nature provide a myriad of sources for his paintings, research trips around the world are the means by which he gains the necessary inspiration and reference material that results in BAS' original oil paintings.  

Does BAS use photographs for reference material?
Yes, he loves taking photographs during his numerous research trips in the wilderness areas of the world. These photographs are valuable reference material for BAS' paintings, alongside sketches and plein air paintings. BAS views the camera as simply an extension of his artistic eye, he is able to instantly evaluate the compositional potential of a scene and a camera is a simple artistic tool to capture the image.

Does BAS help to support wildlife and environmental concerns?

BAS considers it an important aspect of his work to be able to support various wildlife and environmental concerns. This is done primarily through the use of his artwork with revenue from donated artworks directly benefiting related Conservation programs. Such organizations that The Art of BAS has assisted include: The Rainforest Foundation; Wildlife and Conservation Society; EIA, Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund; Tiger Patrol; Africat, amongst others.

A further development in this area of BAS' involvement is the establishment of specific joint projects between The Art of BAS and particular Conservation organizations. The Art of BAS Tiger Project was set up to directly benefit Bengal Tiger conservation in India. This project originated when BAS became aware of the current desperate plight of the Bengal Tiger, it's present day rapid depletion through poaching and loss of habitat has seemingly gone unnoticed by authorities and the world in general.

There are people who work in the front line of Tiger conservation who carry our a remarkable effort, often at their own expense and security, they deserve our full support as they dedicate their energies, expertise and resources to endeavor to save the wonderful Bengal Tiger from extinction in the wild. Such a person is Dr. Raghu Chundawat and his partner Joanna Van Gruisen, both have directed their passions to battle to save the tiger, basing their research in Panna Tiger Reserve, India. At present they have had to come away from their tiger research due to extreme pressures from persons who haven't got the tigers wellbeing at heart, political sensitivity doesn't allow further explanation! However, Dr. Raghu Chundawat remains closely linked with the Bengal Tiger's situation and is able to wisely channel any funds raised by The Art of BAS Tiger Project.

The Art of BAS is also working with The Elephant Trust, having spent time with their researchers in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Cynthia Moss is the world's foremost elephant expert and she works tirelessly in the field with her equally dedicated team. Echo is a well know matriarch of one of the Amboseli herds, she has become famous through several BBC documentaries over the years. Now in her senior years, Echo has been taken to heart by many and has given the researchers the most intimate portrayal of elephant behavior, welcoming them into the life of her herd.

Funds raised through the sales of BAS' Echo painting and Fine Art Canvas Limited Edition will directly aid The Elephant Trust and their invaluable work amongst African elephants in particular. The African elephant, as with her Asian cousins, are experiencing unprecedented pressures from mankind and are suffering in many ways. Let's hope that the future is bright for these magnificent creatures, our largest land mammal, that has such a big hearted and gentle nature.

There are new Conservation Projects soon to be undertaken by The Art of BAS, please view the Conservation Projects section of this website to read about them and join us in whatever way you are able to in supporting the plight of wildlife and nature around this fragile globe.


How long does it take for BAS to create an original oil painting?

The length of time taken to create an original painting from the moment it is sketched out on canvas until BAS' signature is placed on the completed painting varies greatly. It is worth emphasizing that much time and effort has already been utilized prior to the first mark of graphite on canvas, since BAS always researches for his paintings by traveling to wilderness areas around the globe.

Subject matter, size of the painting, and amount of detail within the composition, primarily determine the length of time that it takes to complete a painting. With all these considerations it can take anything from a couple of days too three months for BAS to create an original oil painting. BAS is always keen to emphasize that the time factor isn't paramount, rather the quality of the artwork and faithfulness of the painting to the artists' vision receives prime attention.


Does BAS have a favourite wildlife subject that he likes to paint - animal, bird or sealife?
There are so many wonderful subjects to paint in the world of wildlife and nature, an endless variety. So far BAS has painted diverse subjects from many different parts of the world. He would usually say that the big cats with their mixture of beauty, grace and raw power, are a preference to paint but many other creatures draw his artistic attention. The big game of Africa, elephants and rhino especially, are also a delight to study and paint. Then there is sea life, whales and dolphins within their water environment, fantastic subjects for any artist. Bird life draws the artists eye too, from the grandeur of the eagle to the splendor of the kingfisher, again the subjects are almost limitless! As is apparent, BAS finds inspiration to paint from all varieties of wildlife and their varied habitats, creation certainly displays a vastness of both and holds much to marvel at by any open eye.

What part of the world is BAS` favourite location?

BAS has journeyed extensively around the world in search of inspiration for his artwork. He has visited some locations several times and is always able to find new insights into wonders of the natural world. Such first hand experience is essential to BAS in order to obtain reference material for his paintings but he also finds it equally essential to be refreshed in his creativity by immersing himself in the great outdoors.

Having traveled to almost all corners of the globe there are some areas that have a special place in the artists heart, however, BAS is forever seeking fresh inspiration and adventures in the wild. Without narrowing choice to one single location BAS would prefer to say that he has a number of favourite locations around the world, from the varied Continent of Africa to the Northern climes of Alaska, always keeping his homeland of Wales at the heartbeat of his existence. To talk of the plains of Africa with big game at hand and a myriad of sights, sounds and smells invading the senses, causes instant desire to revisit such a place of artistic saturation. The vast expanse of the Alaskan Range or grandeur of Canada's Rocky Mountains provide further longings to be under sky and  free to the breeze.

There are other locations that BAS is yet to visit and he hopes to continue to be able to adventure around the world in search of new subjects that will captivate his inspiration and grace canvas. Join BAS on this journey of artistic adventure and enjoy the ride!


How do I care for my Fine Art Giclee Canvas Limited Edition?

A Giclee Fine Art Canvas Reproduction of an artist’s original work should be treated as carefully as the original work itself.

STORAGE

Carefully remove prints from the protective container and store them away from light. Never store  prints directly on top of each other; separate them with acid-free tissue. Ideally, you should store your prints with an acid-free tissue on either side of the print.

Never store or leave prints flat on the floor. Elevate them so that air can circulate around them. With a choice between wooden or metal shelving, choose the wooden shelves. Metal shelving can cause condensation of water over a period of time, and it is also a greater conductor of heat in case of fire.

HANDLING

Take particular care when removing prints from their protective packaging, also take particular care when replacing prints into their protective packaging. Use the provided acid-free tissue to cover the inner and outer sides of the prints as you roll them. The prints should be rolled with the image on the inside as you are rolling, do not roll the print tightly, it should be rolled so as to fit neatly into the  protective packaging. Prior to replacing the prints into the protective packaging, roll the prints/acid free tissue within the protective foam covering. Always handle prints with clean hands; natural body oils can do permanent damage to canvas and other fine art materials.

To avoid crimps and creases, always use two hands to lift the print. Never touch the image area or drag anything across it. A scratch or thumbprint is permanent and cannot be repaired. Never use pressure-sensitive tape anywhere on the print.

Take the Giclee Canvas Reproduction to an able picture framer who will then fix the Giclee Canvas Reproduction onto a wooden stretcher prior to being placed within the frame of your choice. The Giclee Canvas Reproduction is to be framed like an original oil painting and does not require glass.

HEAT

Never hang or store a print over or next to a radiator or heat register. Do not hang a piece of art over a fireplace, either; the combination of heat, soot, and smoke can do extensive damage in a very short period of time.

HUMIDITY

Humidity is a major enemy of canvas and prints. The chief danger of humidity is mold, which grows in environments where the relative humidity is greater than 70%. According to museum curators, 50% humidity is ideal for works of fine art. Always maintain proper humidity levels wherever prints are being stored or hung, and never hang or store prints in damp basements or cellars.

Always ensure air circulation behind your print, and be sure you check for dampness on the outside of any outer wall where you are hanging your prints. Moisture can seep through the wall and into your prints. Collectors who hang or store prints in their vacation homes should ensure proper ventilation and humidity control while the house is unoccupied.

LIGHT

All light will cause fading in works of art. Fading cannot be stopped by keeping your art in subdued light. Less light means less fading, but fading is not reversible. How much light is optimum? Light is measured in footcandles, and according to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA, the optimum is five footcandles, which is roughly the equivalent of a 150-watt bulb placed approximately four to five feet away from the piece of art it lights.

Never place you’re your art in direct sunlight or opposite a window. Avoid reflected light, too; the ultraviolet rays it contains can be very harmful to inks and canvas. Fluorescent lights are probably the most potent source of ultraviolet rays. If you must have fluorescent light near a piece of art, cover the fluorescent tubes with special cylindrical sleeves to cut down the output of ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet Plexiglass is the best such filter.

In addition to the general guidelines above, please consider the following: To dust your print, use only a soft feather-type duster. Do not hang your Giclee Canvas Reproduction in direct sunlight or subject it to extremes of temperature or humidity. Do not let anything rub or scratch the image’s surface. Avoid contact with anything other than its protective shipping cover/acid-free tissue.

 

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How do I care for my Fine Art Paper Limited Edition?

A Giclee Fine Art Paper Reproduction of an artist’s original work should be treated as carefully as the original work itself.

STORAGE

Carefully remove prints from the protective container and store them away from light. Never store  prints directly on top of each other; separate them with acid-free tissue. Ideally, you should store your prints with an acid-free tissue on either side of the print.

Never store or leave prints flat on the floor. Elevate them so that air can circulate around them. With a choice between wooden or metal shelving, choose the wooden shelves. Metal shelving can cause condensation of water over a period of time, and it is also a greater conductor of heat in case of fire.

HANDLING

Take particular care when removing prints from their protective packaging, also take particular care when replacing prints into their protective packaging. Use the provided acid-free tissue to cover the inner and outer sides of the prints as you store them. The prints should NOT be rolled and are to fit neatly into the  protective packaging. Always handle prints with clean hands; natural body oils can do permanent damage to canvas and other fine art materials.

To avoid crimps and creases, always use two hands to lift the print. Never touch the image area or drag anything across it. A scratch or thumbprint is permanent and cannot be repaired. Never use pressure-sensitive tape anywhere on the print.

Take the Giclee Paper Reproduction to an able picture framer who will then fix the Giclee Paper Reproduction within the frame of your choice. The Giclee Paper Reproduction is to be framed with an acid-free backing board and behind UV resistant glass.

HEAT

Never hang or store a print over or next to a radiator or heat register. Do not hang a piece of art over a fireplace, either; the combination of heat, soot, and smoke can do extensive damage in a very short period of time.

HUMIDITY

Humidity is a major enemy of prints. The chief danger of humidity is mold, which grows in environments where the relative humidity is greater than 70%. According to museum curators, 50% humidity is ideal for works of fine art. Always maintain proper humidity levels wherever prints are being stored or hung, and never hang or store prints in damp basements or cellars.

Always ensure air circulation behind your print, and be sure you check for dampness on the outside of any outer wall where you are hanging your prints. Moisture can seep through the wall and into your prints. Collectors who hang or store prints in their vacation homes should ensure proper ventilation and humidity control while the house is unoccupied.

LIGHT

All light will cause fading in works of art. Fading cannot be stopped by keeping your art in subdued light. Less light means less fading, but fading is not reversible. How much light is optimum? Light is measured in footcandles, and according to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA, the optimum is five footcandles, which is roughly the equivalent of a 150-watt bulb placed approximately four to five feet away from the piece of art it lights.

Never place you’re your art in direct sunlight or opposite a window. Avoid reflected light, too; the ultraviolet rays it contains can be very harmful to inks and canvas. Fluorescent lights are probably the most potent source of ultraviolet rays. If you must have fluorescent light near a piece of art, cover the fluorescent tubes with special cylindrical sleeves to cut down the output of ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet Plexiglass is the best such filter.

In addition to the general guidelines above, please consider the following: To dust your print, use only a soft feather-type duster. Do not hang your Giclee Paper Reproduction in direct sunlight or subject it to extremes of temperature or humidity. Do not let anything rub or scratch the image’s surface. Avoid contact with anything other than its protective shipping cover/acid-free tissue.


What is an Artist Proof?

An Artist Proof is a Fine Art reproduction intended for the artist's personal use. It is common practice to reserve approximately ten percent of an edition as artist's proofs, although this figure can be higher. The artist's proof is sometimes referred to by it's French épreuve d'artist (abbreviation E.A.). Artist's proofs can be distinguished by the abbreviation AP or E.A., commonly on the lower left of the work.

With modern printing, artists proofs are not better quality prints than the regular edition, however they are desirable to many serious collectors in that there are fewer signed in this way, making them even more valuable. Each Fine Art Artist Proof produced by The Art of BAS is personally signed and numbered by the artist.

 

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