The newest addition to the Ford Smith Art collection are the stunning glass trays and bowls. They are a collaboration between Glassmaker Peggy Karr and Artist Ford Smith. Each piece is truly a work of art and would be perfect for the center of your coffee table or to serve your friends on at a party or gathering. They make terrific gifts and the gallery had them pre-wrapped during the holiday season. You can buy them now direct online from the Ford Smith Gallery.These pieces are dishwasher safe, made in the USA and a very functional usable piece of art.
So you love art but are a novice and don’t know how to get started with collecting what you love. Here are the most common questions asked by both the novice and the seasoned art collectors alike. This is right from Ford Smiths website.
What is a Giclée?
Giclées are quickly becoming the best way to reproduce fine art, but you might
not know what they are, so here’s a quick explanation! Pronounced “jee-clay”
or “zhee-clay”, the word giclée is derived from a French word meaning “to
spray or to squirt.” In the simplest term, it is a digital fine art reproduction.
A Ford Smith Fine Art giclée is a very limited edition (typically, there are only
100 in each edition) signed and numbered by Ford Smith. Many of them
have been meticulously and elaborately “ultra” hand-embellished, meaning
that there is an exceptional amount of painting applied to the giclée to create
the notable texture and tactile quality for which Ford Smith’s limited editions
have become so well-known. Classically trained artist apprentices, tutored
by Ford, use the same paints that the original paintings were created with to
embellish each giclée by hand. Ford closely inspects each and every one
before he completes them with a unique number and, of course, his signature. If you are familiar with lithography or serigraphy, giclées are the next step in the evolution of limited fine art reproduction. Giclées are generated from the highest resolution digital scans or photographs available, and are printed with archival inks onto various mediums, including canvas and fine art papers. The giclée printing process provides better details and color accuracy than other means of reproduction – it also allows the artist to ensure that every released edition is representative of his original work. The quality of a giclée rivals traditional silver halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries. Numerous examples of giclée prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries.
Lithographs are made by printing paper or canvas on a printing press. Four separate colors are applied as a pattern of “dots” (microscopic ink drops) on the canvas. Loves’ carries canvas transfers in many editions.
Etching is one of the most ancient forms of printmaking. Etchings are “original prints”, an extension of the artist’s original work. The artist takes a copper plate and draws into it with a stylus. He then wipes the plate with ink, lodging the ink into the etched lines, places a piece of paper on top and puts it through a press which exerts pressure, transferring the ink from copper to paper, just as the artist has drawn it.
Ford is just one of the many great artist that we have here in Atlanta. His gallery is vibrant and cheerful and they take the same amount of time with everyone from the novice to the the seasoned collector. Visit their website or their gallery today.
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Ford Smith Fine Art Gallery
10 Elizabeth Way in historic Roswell, Georgia 30075.
Off Canton St, across from Pastis Restaurant. 770-552-5942