In the heart of Gallery Direct's production warehouse is a small room with no windows, but it is the only space with pure, natural light. An entire wall is flooded with full spectrum daylight lamps for our team of imaging specialists to properly match the prints we manufacture to the original art. These specialists lovingly refer to this space as "The Sanctuary". Passing through the Sanctuary doors, the noise of printers and framers and the bustling production floor fades away. Once beyond those doors, an unspoken vow of silence is taken as the specialists sit down at their stations to worship at the altar of art. The images lined up along the sacred Sanctuary wall change almost daily. Besides color correcting every piece of art that is scanned into our database, our team of specialists also tweak and enhance each image to the Art Director's and artists' specifications. Ultimately, it is the job of the specialists to insure that every print looks like the real deal. They are Gallery Direct's first line of defense in quality control. Once the art is approved for printing, they become available on our site for orders. This week's Sanctuary image includes the works of Justin Garcia and Sylvia Angeli. To keep up to date with artwork being processed in The Sanctuary, visit our Facebook page weekly.
Do people want to know how a BMW is made or do they just want it to go fast? What level of knowledge do you require regarding the items in your life, particularly the big purchases? Those things you’re going to live with for a while: your car, your flat screen TV, your kitchen counter top. At Gallery Direct, we know that artwork would also fall into that category. It’s a purchase you think about, something you’re going to live with for a while, for some people years, many years. For the art lovers who know us, they know we’re the guys who let you make the big purchases without breaking the bank, a pleasant oxymoron. We’ve wondered, if more people want to know how the artwork is made or if they just shop on price. We don’t know that it can be both. The price is obvious, so we created this video that shows the step of the process, right after the original is created and checked into our facility. Our specialty is limited edition artwork. This means an original work, created by one of our artists was meticulous curated and reproduced. The Cruse Scanner is a fascinating part of the story of how an original work of art makes its way to your wall as a limited edition.
President Barack Obama will visit Manor New Tech High School this Thursday as part of the president's Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. The Manor New Tech High School opened in 2007 with intentions of preparing students to succeed in an information-based and technologically advanced society. This visit is very near and dear to our hearts at Gallery Direct, as we have been a business partner of Manor Schools for several years now. Several of their hallways are adorned with artwork created by Gallery Direct. Manor's executive team asked us to donate artwork for the President's visit. We are honored to be able to be a small part in this huge initiative. [caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignleft" width="505"] Prints on Acrylic for President Obama's Visit to Manor High Tech High School[/caption] Here are the finished prints - they passed our quality control inspection and they are now ready to meet the President!
The big news item in the art world last week was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's announcement on Tuesday that philanthropist Leonard A. Lauder will be giving his highly esteemed collection of Cubist paintings, drawings, and sculptures to the prestigious New York City museum. The gift - clocking in at almost 80 pieces worth over a billion dollars - is the biggest in the museum's history. Lauder, a longtime collector and patron of the New York art world (he has been an active trustee, president, and chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, just to name one example), told the New York Times that from the very beginning, he envisioned it as a museum-quality collection. By all accounts, he has certainly met his goal; his collection, which he began assembling in 1976 and is still growing today, is considered to be one of the best and most important private collections of the early 20th-century movement. We here at Gallery Direct are happy to announce an acquisition of our own. Much like the Met, we too have recently added a considerable number of Cubist masterpieces to our holdings, and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to you. I remember when I was in college, a professor asked our class a rhetorical question. Wanting to make a point about how the Cubists created a whole new aesthetic in the world of art, he asked how many of us had a piece of Cubist art on our walls at home. He did not expect anyone to respond in the affirmative. His intention was to illustrate how Cubist art did not adhere to traditional notions of beauty, and was thus less likely to adorn someone's walls than, say, a landscape by Monet. But I surprised him by raising my hand - I just happened to have a print of one of my favorite Picassos above my desk at the time - but his point was well taken. One does not typically think of having a Picasso or a Braque above the fireplace - but why not? The best rule of thumb for picking art is to go with what you love, and I loved sitting down at my desk every day and being confronted with a piece of art that was challenging and thought-provoking. That's why Gallery Direct is dedicated to breaking down the barriers between fine art and everyday decor. Why shouldn't you have a museum-quality image in your home? No good reason, as far as I'm concerned. Our recent acquisitions most heavily feature the work of two artists in particular, Juan Gris and Franz Marc. Gris developed his own, unique take on Cubism, often harmonizing colors rather than using monotones, and is particularly well known for his works in collage. His work also demonstrates the popular Cubist motif of incorporating typography and painted typeface into his work, thereby inserting a sort of identifiable referent in what might otherwise be an "unreadable" painting. [caption id="attachment_3666" align="aligncenter" width="222"] Juan Gris, Bottle and Fruit Bowl[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3665" align="aligncenter" width="205"] Juan Gris, Fruit Dish, Glass, and Newspaper[/caption] Marc, heavily influenced by the concomitant German Expressionist movement, had a proclivity for choosing natural subjects and depicting them in an abstract manner. His use of bright, bold colors was motivated by a desire to infuse his work with emotional weight and meaning. [caption id="attachment_3667" align="aligncenter" width="247"] Franz Marc, Colorful Flowers (Abstract Forms)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3668" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Franz Marc, The Mandrill[/caption] So, what are your thoughts on Cubism? Check out Gallery Direct's new collection and let us know what you think!
There are so many holidays celebrating the things that are near and dear to our hearts: Earth Day, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day (don't forget - that's coming up!), etc. Last year, in honor of Leonardo da Vinci's birthday, April 15th, the International Association of Art (IAA) declared today World Art Day. And why not? Art is something that has the power to bring people from all over the globe together , and is the pinnacle of our collective heritage as the human race. Though it's still in its infancy, World Art Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to consider how art has impacted your life as well as the way you take in the world around you. The IAA, upon its consecration of World Art Day, stated that the primary purpose of the celebration is to spread "art awareness throughout the globe." You don't have to be an artist or an art historian to recognize the significance of artistic creation as an expression of our humanity. So join the conversation! What artist has meant the most to you in your life? Have you ever encountered a painting or sculpture that made you stop dead in your tracks? If you could pick any work of art to hang in your house, what would it be? We want to know! Gallery Direct wishes you a happy World Art Day, and happy birthday to the man of the hour (or rather, the millennium), Leonardo da Vinci.
It's no surprise to Texas Governor Rick Perry or Gallery Direct that North Korean leaders have it out for our hometown, Austin, Texas. At Gallery Direct, our sales go quickly and we understand that Kim Jong Un is upset that he missed out on our 75% print your photo on canvas sale last weekend and is now going to take it out on the entire city. Sorry Kim Jong Un, the sale ends at midnight, you'll have to wait until the next one. Follow me on Google+
Spring is here and we just released our Spring Art Trends for 2013! Today, Gallery Direct announced that bold colors, geometric shapes and transparent inspired decor are some of the top art trends for spring 2013. We caught up with Nick Nichols, the Director of Design at Gallery Direct. Nick says, “Bold colors are everywhere this spring. The use of digital enhancement programs and high-definition mediums has really ramped up in every aspect of our visual lives, making our eyes more attuned to vibrant images. As a result, interior designers are choosing brighter, more saturated hues—and we’re seeing consumers pick up on that trend in their own homes. Bright wall décor is an easy way to modernize any space.” 2013 Spring Art Trends from Gallery Direct Embrace Emerald: This jewel toned Pantone Color of the Year adds sophisticated energy that creates balanced depth in your space--and it’s perfect for spring time. Choose an emerald hued statement piece printed on your favorite material with an elegant frame for a classic look. Browse Gallery Direct’s Emerald Collection here. Go Bold with Botanicals: Flowery fine art is always in season. Placing a few vibrantly-colored botanical canvas prints in a room can make your space feel vivacious and harmonious: bright primary colors add a pop to the room while the flowers keep it rooted in calm tranquility. View Gallery Direct’s Botanical collection here.
Get Creative with Transparency and Reflection: Art printed on transparent or reflective materials like glass, acrylic, aluminum or mirror can create an eye-catching impact. This is a sophisticated way to incorporate gloss and shine into your décor, and allows you the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Learn more about unique printing materials for artwork here.Grow with Plant-Inspired Patterns: Patterns inspired by plants are making an impact this spring. For example, Sia Aryai’s Zen Series has been very popular with interior designers this season. The organic lines of nature soften the pattern, lending your space a refreshing and relaxing touch. Update Your Geometrics: The trend of using geometric shapes and patterns in design is still popular. Update this trend for spring by adding stripes. The stripes will complement the geometric shapes for the perfect sophisticated-yet-bold combination—don’t be afraid of mixing patterns! Browse Gallery Direct’s Geometric Artwork here. Got a Spring trend to tell us about? Post a comment below!
[caption id="attachment_3486" align="alignleft" width="329"] Radio City Music Hall by Michael Joseph printed on Aluminum[/caption] Gallery Direct is proud to sponsor BUILT the Style Network's new home improvement show. Based in New York City, BUILT is the authority on stylish living. The 10 episode series followers one of New York's top design teams as they transform the homes of New York's most exclusive clients. What's the hook? This construction crew is made up of the male models that have graced the fashion runways and magazines. Each episode features a demanding client who has hired the design team to do a high end room remodel in their fabulous home, turning what was once a bland space into a dream location that the viewers will aspire to. Among them is an engineer, an art installation specialist, a foreman, and hundreds of hours of hands-‐on handy work. [caption id="attachment_3487" align="alignright" width="300"] Merrymaking Series by M. Drake printed on Acrylic[/caption] We are thrilled that Gallery Direct's artwork was chosen by the interior designers for the remodels. The shows interior designers picks out and customizes the artwork that completes the room decor. See anything you like? See more of the BUILT images on our Facebook Page.
Gallery Direct had the pleasure of participating in Alt Summit for the second year in a row. The Altitude Design Summit is the definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, and brilliant blogging. Alt brings together a community of exciting and creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, complete with workshops and the opportunity to network with your friends, and friends-to-be! So how do the sponsors (companies like us) fit in? Gallery Direct decided to sponsor a dinner on Wednesday evening at one of Salt Lake City's finest restaurants, The Tin Angel. It was an easy, casual way to get to know the Alt attendees and introduce Gallery Direct to this dynamic group of bloggers and entrepreneurs. What a good looking bunch huh? This dinner was my favorite event, as we had time to sit and learn about our guests, their blogs and life ventures. They are all inspiring and beautiful people. Each guest was given a photo print of a photo they sent to us -- how sweet is this print of Miranda's four year old dressed as a super hero! For more photos from the dinner visit our facebook Alt photo album. With two more full days and evening events, I knew we would all be running into one another. This is where you begin to feel like you have made more than a contact, you've made a friend. Check out this fun pic at the HP Photo Booth of (left) Miranda, owner of Onelittleminuteblog.com, (middle) Nichele Lindstrom from Gallery Direct, and me, Joie (right). These are the fun moments that Alt creates for sponsors and bloggers. "There's room for everyone at the table" was a quote I heard at one of the panels I attended and it stuck with me. Everyone at Alt has many things in common, but the one theme I kept running into was passion. Whether I met other sponsors or bloggers, or lawyers, or celebrities everyone was passionate. Yes, that is Jessica Alba chatting with bloggers about her company The Honest Co. Honest sponsored a lounge - which is another cool way a company can be sponsor at Alt. After learning about her company and trying a few of the products, I carry around the lavender mint chap stick and can't get enough of it. Other sponsors left gifts at seats, like those adorable earrings above and the last image is one of the biggest attractions at Alt. The business card wall. Here's a closer look at those adorable cards- this was sponsored by Bing. Experiencing all the beauty created by bloggers and attendees at Alt leads us to one of the best parts -- the speakers! I won't cover the full two days of panels we attended, but we walked away inspired and motivated to continue to make this world beautiful through artwork and everything we do. Recognize anyone?? It was an amazing line up. One of my favorite quotes in life is "Love What You Do" I found this quote turned into a beautiful piece of artwork sitting under my water glass at lunch. These simple words were on a simple coaster that was created with love and passion, which is why it's so beautiful.
As I ran my fingers over the perfectly embossed card, I was reminded that Gallery Direct's artists create their masterpieces with the same passion and love, because they love what they do. That is what Alt is about- everyone there loves what they do and they want to continue to keep the world beautiful.