Tweet I am very excited about introducing our next new artist, Wyn Bielaska. I have the same passion about architecture, art and graphic design that he does. Wyn is an architect that has worked on a wide range of projects … Read More
Tweet Here’s the last installment of our 3 part series. You can take a look back at Part 1 and Part 2 to find out more about Vintage and your own photo uploads. We’re ending with Gallery Direct’s Exclusive Artists. … Read More
- All of our Artist’s are unique. They are all signed to work exclusively with Gallery Direct. So, your art isn’t being sold anywhere else. You can ONLY get it here. There is a wide variety for you to choose from and it is a far cry from ‘boring’. Every art is exciting and new and you can sometimes be the FIRST person to ever buy an Artist’s piece. That’s pretty darn exciting if you ask me.
- We take the Artist’s painting and scan it using a high technology scanner called the Cruse Scanner. This scanner is among the best. It is the ultimate instrument for digital capture and is also used by the Vatican’s Secret Archives, Vatican City and the Czechoslovakian National Library, Prague.
- Once it is scanned… we are ready to make it polish and shine. The scan is good when first looking at it. But, we want to make sure it’s perfect. We adjust the color to make sure it looks as close to the original as possible. Adjusting anything we see that can make it better. The texture that the Scanner creates makes it feel... and look... like the real thing.
We love it back here… It’s like Christmas every day with all the new art.
Here’s a video on how the entire Imaging Department works:Brittney Melton
Working in Prepress at New Era I have the privilege to work with and look at original artwork from our New Era artists every day! I received degrees in Architecture and in Art emphasizing in Graphic Design, so needless to say I love Architecture and Art... and art of architecture is even better! This is why one of my favorite New Era artists is Tatara. I was able to conduct an e-interview with Tatara, below are the questions and answers.
Q: Your watercolors show dynamic culture, landscapes, architecture & cityscapes – what inspires you to paint these subjects?A: I rarely ask myself what I’m looking for when choosing this or that subject. But once I am working I find that a sense of ideology reveals itself again and again, one that brushes over and blends all the many different details of a fractured world. My images are in fact based on the reality of this world because I use photography as a tool. The way a certain image is taken through the painting process, however, tends to bring out “the environment” of a setting. And it is this part of a landscape that interests me. Q: Do you paint your subjects in person, from memory or refer to a photograph? A: I began painting outdoors and on streets. This was exciting to be on location, having to stay focused amid the circulating distractions. Now as I find myself spending more and more time on each piece, I take photographs and piece them together to recreate what it was like to be standing in that spot, all while painting inside my studio. Q: How long have you been painting? How many pieces have you painted? Do you use other mediums besides watercolor? A: Though I have always enjoyed drawing with pencil, since my childhood even, I only began painting like I do now 15 years ago. Watercolor seemed like an extension of drawing. And now I am painting with oil, which for me has been the biggest step toward painting. [caption id="attachment_662" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Troubled Guest TA173A, wall mural hung in our office gallery by my coworker, Brittney and myself"][/caption] . Q: Which piece that you painted is your favorite and why? A: Well, because I don’t really think of my work as individual, virtuoso-like creations, and rather as threads in a big fabric, I find this question difficult. But if we look at “troubled guest” I see a good representation of all that interests me. It is a house, a very generic house, that has been taken over by streamers of toilet paper. It is a setting that has cultural undertones, but once removed, it has a serenity reminiscent of the Indian sub-continent or of warm-hearted laughter. Altogether, the environment surrounding the object reaches from paper edge to paper edge. [caption id="attachment_665" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Original on the left, digital print file on the right inversed in Prepress."][/caption] Q: Your latest works have included painting in inverse colors, how did you come up with this idea and is it difficult to paint in this mode? A: I stumbled upon this technique by looking at snapshot negatives as an alternative figure/ground composition. I found what I needed in the negative, which then served as the subject of a painting. Once the painting was completed I recorded it in my inventory like I do all my work. But I had a simple curiosity which was to observe the painting reversed back to its original color composition. It seemed full of possibilities because of the newness of layering watercolor upon an ink-black substrate, becoming lighter and lighter, instead of the convention of increased darkness. Is it difficult? Only when you think about what you’re doing. Hope you enjoyed getting to know one of our artists, stayed tuned for New Era Artists: volume 2!