Friday, 22 August 2008

Prints of Paintings by Gordon Walters

Gordon Walters is easily one of New Zealand's most popular artists. Walters' koru paintings truly deserve the much overused phrase "iconic". Why is it then that we don't have any Gordon Walters prints in stock?

It seems that with the death of Walters in 1995 and Margaret Orbell (Walters' widow) in 2006 the supply of prints to people who appreciate and enjoy Walters paintings without being able to afford an original work is being stopped by the Trustees of the Gordon Walters Estate. Does anyone know why they are taking this stance or have any other information? Please post a comment. We'll update this post as we learn more.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Canvas Prints vs Canvas Transfer

Prints on canvas by New Zealand artists have finally started being published. The prints we have in stock in our new canvas prints gallery are different from earlier "canvas transfer" prints because they are printed directly onto a high grade artist's canvas using pigment inks.

With canvas transfer the print was bonded onto a canvas like backing using a process rather like laminating. This canvas is usually stretched onto a frame in a way that looks like the picture wraps around the edges. We have always offered eg Grahame Sydney, Diana Adams and Barry Ross Smith prints as canvas transfers ready to hang on the wall out of the box. But we are now looking forward to more true canvas art prints being published as the technology improves and customers start to appreciate the step up in quality that comes with printing directly onto canvas.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Well-known painter Henry Lowen-Smith releases prints

South Island painter Henry Lowen-Smith has worked as full time artist since 1978 - but has been painting for fifty years. Henry's paintings are held in many corporate and private collections worldwide and in New Zealand. For the first time he has made prints of his favourite paintings - we now stock Henry Lowen-Smith prints of The Lindis Pass, Mount D'Achiac, Snow Grass in Winter and a still life with Grannie Smith Apples.