Ken Strong was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1960 and since the early eighties has been juggling dual careers in Art and Civil Engineering. Through the NSW University of Technology in Sydney, Australia Strong’s studies included art composition, medium, and art history. He also had specialist training in architectural drafting and technical presentation.
Strong has been painting for over 25 years and is developing increased recognition for his work both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 exhibitions over this period including 23 solo, and is a regular contributor to Australian and International Artist Magazines
Strong said that “as long as I can remember I had a pencil or paint brush in my hand. As a lot of painters do, I developed an early love for the Australian impressionist painters, probably because they presented images of this country that reinforce the difference in the Australian landscape and lifestyle to overseas locations. And 100 years on, the same differences still exist.”
Strong believes he developed a passion for art when he first began to experiment with paints and began to get a sense of excitement in using the mediums. “Even though the thrill is often momentary (because the greatest critic of you own work is unfortunately yourself), as a painter you sometimes think you can touch something intangible with art, which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. When you review the completed works, the moment is often lost, but the anticipation of finding this becomes a driving force to create,” says Strong.
Many of Strong’s works combine a carefully constructed subject with a vigorous application of pigment. Movement is paramount when the observer is led around the composition following the textures and shadows developed within the structure. The suggestion of detail will often be used in lieu of specific detail, the suggestion being used to support the subject but not detract with over-complexity. He has been described as a “colorist” and an “impressionist, a combination of both resulting in a unique approach to creative artwork.
Strong has used the giclée technique so he doesn’t have to produce a complete set of prints at one time, unlike traditional printmaking processes that require an entire run be completed all at once. With digital printing, a portion can be made now and the remaining ones printed later as needed, without loss of quality. Once the artist is satisfied with the results, the information is stored digitally to create prints as needed. Seems like the giclée technique is something everybody can benefit from!
Check out some more of Ken Strong’s artwork below:
What are your thoughts on giclée? Would you use an inkjet printer for your work?
Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?
Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing. Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “inkjet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!
These printers are large and get the job done!
Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.
These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.
Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.
Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!
Check out some of these artists’ famous works!
What is Conservation Glass?
We’ve all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays – particularly to our skin, but exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down in artwork. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are growing and irreversible.
The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don’t hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. You can also ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass.
Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them.
UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, can be used on most things that are framed. Only conservation grade matboard comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. Another preservation method is to have artwork properly mounted on acid-free backing and allow for many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but it is recommended to use UV glass.
If you go to your local framing shop they would be happy to assist you with your questions and concerns and easily assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork!
Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible. Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your pleasure for years to come.
As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most – whether that be commercial or sentimental value – in order to protect them from damage.
Conservation Quality frames can be provided by several well-known brands such as Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.
Conservation Quality Artboard is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary “pulp” board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it has encased as time goes by. Also, asking to adhere to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called “hinging”) and sealing your artwork is important. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal – and certainly well worth it.
What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?
Talent — yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There’s the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. So, in order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.
Have any of you used Conservation Glass yet?
Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!
Who is your team? Most folks have at least one team or one type of sport that they thoroughly enjoy, whether that means playing it or sitting back in the bleachers and watching the game. My personal favorites are: watching football (live or on TV), watching baseball live and oh one more, I also enjoy watching ice hockey live.
Look at the personalized sports bar below decorated by Broadway Galleries.
After following a team for several years you are bound to collect some sports memorabilia! Storing and displaying your collectible photographs and jerseys is as important to their preservation as it is to the attractiveness of their display. Collectible photographs that are not properly protected can yellow or discolor, collect dust, scratch and even mold.
Damage to your collectible can hugely affect its value, and severe damage could cause your item to become worthless. You’ve invested money and time in building your collection, so don’t you think it’s worthwhile to ensure that it’s properly protected?
So many stores advertise products for matting and framing your photos and art pieces. Sure, this works for family photos and non-collectible artwork, but you don’t want to attempt to try to frame your valuable collectibles. Improper framing can be worse than no framing at all. Because photographs are made from paper, improper mounting and framing can result in stains, spotting, folding or bending.
Autographed photos need to be carefully and gently handled because it can be so easily damaged. A simple rip or fingerprint can quickly decrease the value of an otherwise quality piece. Special mounting and framing materials need to be used in order to preserve both the autograph and the image.
Amateur or inexperienced framers might use elements such as glue, spray adhesive or tape to affix or mount the picture. These items if used can eventually stain the paper and will make it impossible to re-matt or make changes to your frames in the future.
As with poor mounting and matting paper issues, choosing the right frame for your collectible is also of ultimate importance. Frames that require you to “slide the photo” in place cannot be used with autographed photos as there is a chance that the photo might be scratched, ripped or damaged while sliding it into place.
Quality archival frames give the framer full access to both the glass and backing making it much easier and safer to place the photo. In choosing an archival appropriate frame, one will need to choose an acrylic or glass that protects against ultra-violet rays while allowing for full viewing.
Many of the same issues that apply to framing a photograph also apply when it comes to framing jerseys.
All things considered, it is imperative that you hire the right framer for all of your collectibles. This should be a professional who has experience working with collectibles and preservation (archival) framing. Further, the framer should be knowledgeable of, and have worked with autographs as well as photography (or collectible jerseys where applicable).
If you are someone who not only loves to watch sports and follow a team but have a history of playing from grade school through high school or even played college-level sports that would be a great piece to capture. If your children play any sports and share the passion you do it would be a fun idea to frame their soccer jersey or create a shadow box of ballet slippers.
Or framing the cheerleading memories?
Personally I was never a talented athlete in my youth, but I would think it would make for a great memory if in my family room my parents had a framed photo of when my softball team won our last game along with the gold medal I received!
Professional athletes out there may frame their role model’s famous gear or maybe your talents have been shared with your kids and you want to preserve that memory?
Sports memorabilia usually refers to anything that can be directly connected to a sports event or personality. Most items are generally gathered by the fans of Sports memorabilia and can either have a sentimental or monetary value to the collector.
Many items used by famous sports stars or at a famous event have been sold for lots of money at auctions such as Sotheby’s and others. The ball that Mark McGwire hit for home run number 62 in 1998, for example, was sold for over 1 million dollars. Mark’s winning moment can be seen below.
Adding an autograph to an item used in a particular game or by a particular star can increase or decrease the value of the item, depending on the situation. If the autograph has been personalized (i.e. “To Mark”) the autograph devalues the item on the public market. Also, collectors put little value on autographed memorabilia that is sold without a certificate of authenticity.
Adding a frame to a gift or something you purchased would be a nice way to showcase the sportsman or the sports team.
For the collectors who only see their memorabilia as having a sentimental value, they might look at it as a childhood memory, or as an important moment of life shared with his or her favorite star or team. Or if your roommate such as mine is a die-hard fan this would be a great birthday surprise!
Creating an entire shadow box would be a nice way to commemorate a special event in sports history, gathering not only an autograph or a picture but also including a variety of newspapers clippings.
The history of collecting sports memorabilia goes back to the first decades of the 20th century, when many people would collect baseballs from baseball games and many asked Babe Ruth for autographs. As years passed and many other sports stars joined their sports, memorabilia collectors also began to broaden their horizons.
Another interesting fact is that the highest price fetched for a football (soccer) match worn shirt is $224,000. The shirt belonged to the legendary Pelé, who wore it during the 1970 World Cup final in which Brazil went onto win. Check out the Pele jersey below.
Any particular teams you follow? Any special players you collect cards or memorabilia for?
Personally I love the NY Sports teams.. but that is a whole other story!
Give the gift of a Memory!
It is truly incredible all the different types of things you can frame these days and the variety of all the ideas you can think up!
If there was a new addition to your family, a great gift idea would be a framed poem welcoming the new family member into this world. Or, if there is a momentous occasion and you want to have a keepsake of the event, creating a shadow box with the outfit your loved one wore would be a great idea. For instance, I know my Mom kept my christening dress, and I think it would have been a sweet idea if it was framed and hung in my room. Take a look at a few ideas below:
Other unique gift ideas could be poems, love letters, or cards to a significant other. Was there a point in time where you had been separated from your lover and you two exchanged snail mail? Maybe a particularly sweet letter would be a great idea to commemorate by framing and hanging somewhere that you can see it everyday.
Even a special photo collage could be made more personal by the choice of frame, the matting, and the colors. And if you decided to do any engraving or notation on the frame, that works great too! Was there a girl’s weekend away at the spa? Boys trip out camping in the mountains? Or maybe even a family reunion BBQ? Gathering a bunch of candid photo shots or posed group photos in a collage setting would be a great piece to give at the holidays or share at a family beach house.
You can frame pretty much anything! If there is a special keepsake you are holding onto, and it is definitely something you want for years to come, and is important to protect, framing is the way to go.
How about these neat framed items below!?
I recently moved into a new apartment and have a few bare walls I am looking to cover. I am quite confident that I can come up with some unique and interesting-looking wall decorations.
Have you framed anything special to you? If so, what?
Diploma Framing! What do you know about it?
First off I would like to congratulate all the 2012 graduates! Whether you have just graduated from high school, completed your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or even a PhD degree – I am excited for you all.
Education though exciting and fun can also be a tough endeavor and it is a great accomplishment when you finally receive the piece of paper acknowledging all your hard work! Spring and summer are full of graduations and when all is said and done, when the family parties die down, and the opportunity to move on to further education or a career comes – don’t let the opportunity to show off your achievements pass.
Frame your diploma!
How about this wall of framed diplomas. Looks like a doctor’s office!
Or get a frame to keep on your desk like this one below.
For those of you considering framing your diploma yourself – I would recommend against it. You can easily make a snafu and tear the diploma or crease it while attempting to put it in the frame. When you invest in professional framing, you will not only receive a great quality frame you will secure a quality job on overall. You most likely spent quite a bit of time and money while getting your degree why not give it the care it deserves?
Check out this unique frame with the graduate’s cap tassel.
Usually when you go to a custom framing store you can either choose from a selection of staple frames or customize the frame to your liking. Most places will be able to assist you in capturing just the right frame to complement your room, your lifestyle, and your budget!
Comparing between the two frames between the first frame with the image of the school would be a bit more expensive and take up more room than the second frame with a simpler style.
How about this Virginia Tech frame?
A frame for a diploma can make for a great gift and a solid investment. It is also a fantastic way to protect your documents from wear and tear. There are so many options frame-wise, you can choose a large frame with an image of the school, make it colorful with the school theme colors, or keep it simple and sleek. Some people may want to engrave or initial the frame for personalization and you can also choose to add a gold or colored plaque on or under the frame too!
I still need to frame my Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University! Go Dukes! This is what I would like my framed diploma to look like.
Is your Diploma framed? What’s your look like? Make your diploma frame dazzle!
Following up from Tuesday’s blog post about weddings, I am still intrigued by all the possibilities you can come up related to for weddings! It has been established that June is the month of weddings. Many people choose June to get married because of the wonderful weather and all the possible the perfect outdoor pictures to be taken.
A perfect example would this beautiful bride and her bridesmaids below! Just look at the scenery, it can take your breath away.
Once the favorite poses have been chosen… what should be done with the pictures? Weddings are a once in a lifetime event. The pictures are beautiful, certainly not cheap, and hung on the wall for all to see for a lifetime. Therefore, these photos deserve to be beautifully framed.
Check out this photo and frame match-up below, this would be a great anniversary gift!
The bride and groom picture can be framed formally, with an array of beautiful white mats of different hues and textures. Specialty framing shops have oval frames with convex glass, or closed corner frames.
Or if it was an outdoor wedding, a more casual setting is called for, with richly colored frames and mats. A family collage is a fun way to present more than one picture. If you have a lot of pictures, why pick just one? A multi-opening mat like the frame below can let you show off many pictures in one frame.
Framing wedding invitations is also a fantastic way to create a keepsake from the day. An embellished invitation with real pressed flowers arranged in a frame in a unique way makes a wonderful wedding or shower gift. The wedding flowers can be used together with the invitation or a wedding photo after the wedding takes place. Create such keepsakes like those found below.
Why keep your invitations locked away in a photo album when you can display it beautifully in a custom-made flower arrangement on the wall?
Or how about using frames during the wedding like this couple did.
Broadway Gallery can create a custom shadow box of your wedding invitation for a 3-D effect or frame it with their high-quality wooden, silver, or gold frames.
If you do decide to frame an invitation or picture for the happy couple, make sure it is a custom frame that reflect’s the couple’s style! Lots of shops have all sorts of decorative frames. One example below is of a South Sea White Pearl Picture Frame.
Some other cool ideas I came across and had to share:
Summer is upon us and so is the season of weddings! I love summer weddings and the warm weather usually allows for some beautiful outdoor pictures. The neat thing about weddings are usually many lovely mementos from the day, why not frame a few things? Being able to relive the memory would be great!
I just recently went to a wedding at the Whitehall Estate in Bluemont, VA and it was an unforgettable scene.
While preparing for the wedding, the bride-to-be can spend weeks and maybe months trying to find that perfect wedding dress. There is the time and then the expense that goes along with it. Then the bride wears such an exquisite and beautiful dress only once. Yes, I know there are pictures and video but why not have the dress framed and hung in a special place so that she can pass by it for years to come and get reminded over and over again what a special wedding day she had.
This gift can be given long after the wedding is over. What a grand surprise it would be for your first anniversary, or even a milestone anniversary such as 10 or 25 years. You are sure to WOW her with this one of a kind gift.
Take a look at this wedding dress below in a shadow box.
Check out this vintage dress below which is a family heirloom!
Some important factors things to consider when completing framing or a shadow box for a wedding dress are listed below:
Adrienne Maloof of the Real Housewives of Beverley Hills had her wedding dress framed below:
Would you frame your wedding dress? We would love to hear your opinions.
The extraordinary Jupey Gale is a Production Manger at Broadway Galleries, but her broad skill set doesn’t end there!
Here is a picture of Jupey and Barry – the owner of Broadway Galleries together for an event.
Getting to know Jupey a little bit more entails learning about her own company “Affairs of the Arts,” in which she specializes in custom projects. Jupey provides clients with a full service art studio and has completed a variety of commissions such as: pet portraits, architectural renderings, faux finishing, landscapes, art installations, art acquisition, and more.
Jupey realized she had more than just an interest in art when she won a scholarship for summer classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After summer she took her talent to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY to study Foundation Studies and ultimately completed her education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and a minor in Art History from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio.
The first piece of artwork Jupey sold was in high school and she was encouraged to continue her art studies from a supportive teacher. These days Jupey gets to create art daily between her position at Broadway Gallery and with Affairs of the Arts. At Broadway Gallery Jupey’s main role is to ensure all customer framing is designed and completed with the utmost perfection. At Affairs of the Arts Jupey has used her creativity to not only create paintings but also does set design, furniture refinishing, custom painting, custom motorcycles and more.
In the midst of the day – Jupey is all smiles.
Jupey said she has “always enjoyed art,” and remembers her first experience painting in kindergarten. She mentions artists such as Maxfield Parrish, Salvador Dali and Boris as her main influencers. Jupey’s success in the art realm have her considering getting her Master’s degree and commissioning art fulltime. Her first gig in the art industry was a part-time job in college at a framing store, A.B. Closson Jr., Company. A. B. Closson Jr. Company was a high-end gallery and Jupey quickly went from an entry-level position to the Gallery Administrator in four years.
Before Jupey came to Washington, D.C. she had spent some time out west and her art had been in over 20 exhibits throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana and sold out in most of her shows. Nowadays, when commissioned for art Jupey creates based on what the clients wants and tries to work with the buyer to developer their vision.
Jupey at one of Broadway Gallery’s Artaissance events.
In her free time, the art Jupey creates she says is for her and her alone, “If people find a connection to it than the better. I want to evoke a feeling from them in some way either peace or disparity, whatever it may be depending on the subject.” Jupey’s inspiration “comes from everywhere, everyone, and everything; art that I see. I love the outdoors and a sunset can give me inspiration or a witty phrase can do the same.”
Other than painting, Jupey has fun hiking and swimming but normally you will find her spending free time at the drawing table. When asked how separate from her art she is Jupey answered “My art is a part of me. Most who purchase my art feel a connection to it; either the subject or the “feeling” that is portrayed. Therefore I feel comfortable letting it go because I know it will be cherished.” I continued our conversation by asking Jupey if art must have a relationship to the rest of the world and she responded “I don’t know that it is mandatory but the world would be a pretty dismal place without art, boring too. Just my opinion.”
At the end of our conversation I asked Jupey for advice she would give to an aspiring artist. “Go for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.” So for those looking to follow Jupey’s steps, she says “don’t let anybody tell you what to do and go with your gut, you will save your time.”