Thanks for your interest in Carol Evans' work and for your questions regarding what we are offering.
Giclee prints in different formats
We are interested in your art but are confused about the different types of formats offered- canvas vs paper. Why is there is such a size difference between them?
Usually the size difference between canvas and paper Giclee prints is because of framing details. When you see a large canvas being offered, it is because the original painting was 42" or more by 28" or more and the size represents the artist's original intention for that painting. A large paper print can be offered upon request, but it must be framed, as with all Giclee prints on paper, matted and with glass (preferably with a UV protective non-glare glass such as Museum Glass.) The weight and cost of the glass for a larger sized paper print - 40 inches or more - makes owning this piece less reachable for many people and so we offer it with an image size somewhere at 28" to 34" in the longest dimension on paper.
Are the canvas works wrap around? Does the image extend around the edges of the frame?
Only the Gallery Wrapped canvas' are wrapped around a thick frame (around 1.5 inches thick) with no external frame needed, and are ready to hang on the wall "as is", with some of the painting showing along the outer edge to give the effect of the painting coming directly out from the wall. The image size of this print is usually just a bit larger in size and yet still it is even lighter than the regular framed canvas print.
Do the regular canvas need to be framed or can they be hung as is?
Regular canvas must ultimately be framed with an outer frame, and are most times featured with a liner inside the frame as well (similar looking in its shape, to an inner mat which would be inside the frame of a watercolour painting.) This is the best way to present, and as well, to preserve a canvas Giclee print. Glass is not necessary for this print which makes the finished framed piece lighter to handle, as a side benefit.
Do you recommend one format vs the other for a certain print? Paper or canvas?
Many prefer the canvas option because the print does not need glass to protect the print in its' frame, however there are many others that prefer the paper option (Carol Evans' favourite) because these prints are printed on 100% cotton, neutral PH watercolour paper and are considered to be closer to the look and texture of the original painting which is painted on 300# Arches* watercolour paper, also 100% cotton, neutral pH with a rough texture.
Would you put a non glare glass on the paper but nothing on the canvas?
In the case of a giclee on paper, glass should be used, but there is no need to put canvas prints behind glass.
UV protective non-glare glass such as Museum Glass is the best option for paper prints. As with any valued fine art piece, it is recommended that your print be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture. Using archival materials for mats, backings, and spacers, and museum quality framing and UV protected glass/plexiglass will add to the life of the print. The artwork should never directly touch the glass/plexiglass.
Giclees contain UV treatments in the archival inks as well as the varnish or clear coat. Numerous tests have been conducted that indicate that giclees can withstand fading and deterioration due to direct and indirect sunlight. Some experts estimate that giclees can last up to 75 years without signs of decline. However, when selecting that perfect spot for displaying your artwork, it is best to keep them out of direct sunlight for the sake of longevity.
A creative framing option
Is it possible to frame and hang a large canvas over a flat screen TV to hide the screen when we are not using it?
Yes, I'll show some details about this in my next posting.