Frequently Asked Questions please scroll down for answers...
What is a limited edition?   What is hand embellishing?   What is an original painting?    
What are the differences between oil and acrylic paints?    What is a ‘resin finish?    Does the painting come with the frame?     Do you deliver?    

Does the image on your site accurately represent what I will be sent?    On your website you quote the image size, does the price include the frame?    How accurate are the item dimensions listed on your web pages?    Do you offer Finance packages? ​ ​


What is a limited edition?  

A limited edition is normally hand signed and numbered by the artist, typically in pencil if the collection has been produced on paper i.e. 14/195. The first number is the number of the certified print itself and the second number is the number of how many editions are in the collection, in this case it would be a total collection of 195. Each piece is hand signed by the artist and supplied with a certificate of authenticity which will also have the edition number on the certificate.

What is hand embellishing?
Hand embellish is where the giclee print has been embellished with paint to recreate some of the original brush strokes. This adds depth, texture and makes it look more like the original painting.
The word "embellish" as defined by Webster is "to make beautiful by ornamentation, to adorn or to add fanciful details to."  When we’re talking about art on canvas, embellishing refers to painting over areas of the image to enhance colour and/or to add brush strokes to the finished work.  Embellishing techniques are as unique as the artists themselves – some use oil paints while others use clear gesso, some have a great deal of texture while others apply a thin layer of paint. 
In either case, the canvas has more texture and dimension when it is embellished and looks more like an original work of art.
 
Looks more like an Original Painting

Since embellished canvases involve greater involvement on the part of the artist than an unembellished one, art lovers can get a step closer to an original at a fraction of the cost. Some artists create a regular edition for example 195 and a deluxe version which is hand embellished, as did the late artist Pino, who had 295 in his regular edition for his limited edition giclees and only 95 in his embellished edition. The more limited supply and increased demand make for a more collectible piece of art.
Please see a close up of embellished work by our Canadian Artist Danielle O’Connor Akiyama.

What is an original painting?  
An original painting is the first creation of a piece of work. Limited editions and prints are taken from the original painting by photographing the image at a very high resolution so that the reproduction quality is as close to the original as it can be.
  
Do your homework. Research the piece, know the artist's work, look at many of his pieces, compare signatures and get close-ups of the signature. Increasing your knowledge is critical to examining the piece and knowing what to look for when judging authenticity.
 
Use your nose. When you do get your hands on the painting, smell it. With oil paintings it takes a long time to dry and years to completely lose the smell of oil.   
 
Decide about how the piece feels to you. Balance everything, many fakes for example have no depth of paint, layers, it's easy to copy a piece electronically but a photo copier cannot get the layers of paint a real piece has.

What are the differences between oil and acrylic paints?  
Oil paints, which have been in use since the 15th century, use oil as the medium to bind the colour pigments together. They were the dominant medium used until recently, when acrylics were developed (in the 1960's). Oil paints have the following characteristics: they generally are slow-drying; they tend to be richer and more luminous on the painted surface; and if applied correctly, will last many, many years. The longer drying time is good for painters who work slowly, they will remain wet while you are working on the painting and generally take from 24 to 72 hours (sometimes longer) to dry. This slow to dry quality also means that tubes of oil paint have a much longer shelf life than acrylics.
 
Acrylics are a water-based, polymer (plastic) material, which means that they dry very, very fast - sometimes on the brush while you are working. A disadvantage of acrylics is that often the colours will change when they dry (to a slightly lighter shade, for example). The shelf life of acrylics is much less than for oil paints. Because of their plastic makeup, acrylics are thought to "last forever"; however, only time will confirm this. Acrylics are, however, the most popular type of paint used nowadays and probably the biggest reason is that, for painters who like to work fast, the fast-drying acrylic paints allow for putting more colour on without it mixing with the layers underneath, as happens with oil paint. 

What is a ‘resin finish’?  
A ‘high gloss resin finish’ gives paintings a glass-like crystal clear coating adding a shiny, reflective surface coating the finished piece. Many artists are now using resin to give luminosity and depth to their work. Artists such a Kerry Darlington and Danielle O’Connor Akiyama often use resign to finish their work.

Does the painting come with the frame?  
Our paintings are supplied mounted and framed unless stated otherwise. Each artist has chosen each frame to complement each work of art so we always recommend trying the existing frames before decided to have the painting reframed.

Do you deliver?  
The world is a small place these days thanks to the excellent courier services available.  We work with a number of reputable carriers depending on the destination for delivery.  Whether it is for the UK or overseas we offer a reliable and cost effective service – prices are quoted on application.

Does the image on your site accurately represent what I will be sent?
We strive for a high degree of image accuracy. However, due to modern technology and screen definition jpegs of an image cannot always give an accurate colour representation.  In our experience if you love the jpeg image you will be over the moon with the piece as they always look so much better when seen in the ‘flesh’.

On your website you quote the image size, does the price include the frame?
Our paintings are supplied mounted and framed unless stated otherwise. Each artist has personally chosen ‘their frame’ to compliment the painting and we always recommend trying the framed pieces first before deciding to change to an alternative one.

How accurate are the item dimensions listed on your web pages?
All our paintings sizes are verified, but due to industry standards sizes can vary slightly up to (1½").

Do you offer Finance packages?
We believe that beautiful works of art should be available to everyone, why not join the growing number of clients who use our interest free finance package to enable them to enjoy building their very own art collection.

Fine Art Portfolio
Artwork is one of the few insurable items that is more likely to appreciate in value over time. Specialist cover is therefore required to ensure you get the protection you need. 
Since art is generally unique, you want to make sure you have claims settlement   options which fully compensate for any damages.
Our insurer, Chubb, provide insurance for more privately owned art than any other insurer in the world. 
The benefits of Utimart Portfolio insurance include: 
  • No Excess
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  • Extensive Worldwide Cover - Including Transit
  • All Risks Cover - Including Accidental Damage
Further details available upon request please call 01462 347 347