Brian Davis 1994 Giclee Print "Sandy's Roses" Rare Print on Arches paper. What we have here is a very early 1994 giclee print by Brian Davis. This particular image is pretty hard to find - I haven't found it anyplace on the Internet. The paper size is 29 1/2 x 34 1/2" and the image size is 27 1/4 x 21 1/4".The publisher is Castlegrande Inc. And lists the Atelier as being Eclipse Workshop. It looks like the Atelier is now part of Collectors Editions in Canoga Park, CA, but I don't think that Castlegrande Inc.
This would have been early in the production of genuine giclee prints. Back in the late 80's, inkjet printers were pretty poor in quality, but some folks modified an Iris printer to be able to spray ink in micro-droplets so the finished product did not have little dots all over the print that you could see closeup.
I remember when a friend of mine bought his first Iris printer to produce giclees, and it cost over a quarter million dollars back when that price would have gotten you a nice house in southern California. I can also remember seeing my first giclee print by anyone (Not Brian Davis). The original painting had been a watercolor, so when I looked at the giclee which was printed on watercolor paper - I couldn't tell that it was not an original. They got to be that good. And that was early on!Now the original of this print was an oil painting, since as you probably know Brian Davis is an oil painter. But this is printed on Arches rough watercolor paper. You can tell because there is the Arches emblem embossed in one corner. There is also an embossing of the Castlegrande logo and Eclipse Workshop logo in the corners. The actual printed image is gorgeously done. The darks are rich and the lights just glow.
The paper is pretty beautiful all by itself and perfect. It has the original deckles on the edges of the paper and looks like new. The paper it is printed on is heavy.I think it is likely 156 lb weight paper, because if feels heavier to me than 140 lb, but is not heavy enough for 300 lb. The paper size is either a size that is no longer made or (more likely) it is a sheet of double elephant size (yep, that is a real name for a size of watercolor paper) that has been trimmed on one side. I have already packed the print professionally and don't remember if one of the sides was obviously trimmed. I thought there were deckles on all sides. But I could have missed this, especially if they made a "false deckle" on the side that was trimmed.
Yes, that can be done. Now, about the actual printing and image. I do think this is one of Brian's better images. Even though it is from 1994, it has much of the sophistication of his later work. Making a great composition from a pair of roses is difficult, and I must admit that I think some of Brian's work doesn't quite make them work.
This is because you need a certain amount of interaction between the two roses and if they are too alike, it is less interesting. Not so in this image. They are related (probably Double Delight roses which he paints a lot), but different.
Plus I think that the blue-grey edge of the petal that comes towards the viewer just sells the three dimensionality of this image. Really one of his best. It is signed and numbered in the image area. Number is 69 out of 125 - written in the lower left. Signature is in the lower right.Since these are done in the image area, they are hard to see. I even brightened up the photo of the closeups a bit so it was more visible in this listing.
The image of the whole print on this listing was made by my favorite pro art photographer (who is also an art publisher), and is as accurate as possible, considering that your monitor may not be calibrated the same as the next guys (and don't even start on about smartphone displays). As I said, this has been professionally packed. It is rolled up in an 8 diameter tube with mylar protection as well as other protective paper.
When you receive it, you or your framer will need to flatten the paper. I have experience with this paper, and it will have to be weighted down for a bit to ensure that it becomes flat again. It is really heavy paper.If you want to hurry up the process, you can mist the back with water and then weight it down until it dries. But use as little water as you can get away with. You don't want to accidentally damage the print. And now for the boring stuff. I do my best to describe everything about the items I sell. The photos are part of the description.
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