New Artist: Stella Alesi

Tweet This is an exciting week, we get to launch artwork from a new artist that has joined our New Era family! We are introducing Stella Alesi, who resides in Austin, Texas and has a very distinct style of painting. … Read More

This is an exciting week, we get to launch artwork from a new artist that has joined our New Era family! We are introducing Stella Alesi, who resides in Austin, Texas and has a very distinct style of painting. My coworkers and I, who have been color correcting the digital files from the scans of Stella's original artwork here in the Imaging Department, have noticed her interesting painting style. Her oil paintings have a very soft and subtle texture to them, yet they are bright and alive with color.  The botanicals Stella paints are very realistic imagery. Stella already has several different series of artwork. One of them being her Vanitas series. In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. I just love how realistic Stella painted these companion pieces, Backyard Plums I&II. She was even able to capture the dusty-white coating that gives them a glaucous appearance. Another series Stella paints is her Mandalas series. Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. This piece, Intuition Intenetion, is the first of this series that New Era has launched. Lastly Stella also has a collage series. I find these companion pieces, September 11th I&II, very interesting. The older photographs really draw your interest in on the meaning behind the pieces. The colors, texture and pattern to the collages also make for great focal points. So take a look around on Gallery Direct of all of Stella Alesi's new art we are offering, you're sure to not be disappointed!  
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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. I think it’s the most exciting part and it’s the reason why we are... who we are. We Love Art. Every single piece of Art first comes through our Imaging Department. Not one thing goes untouched and it goes through quite the process before it actually becomes available for you to purchase. Here’s the rundown on how it all works: The Artist
  • 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.
The Scan
  • 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.
The Color
  • 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.
artwork by Darvin Jones and a new artist, Stella Alesi

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

New Era Artist Feature: Volume 2

Tweet I’ve been enjoying interviewing our artists. It’s interesting to learn more about the persons behind the art I work with on a daily basis. Today I am going to introduce you to Darvin Jones, one of my favorite New … Read More

I've been enjoying interviewing our artists. It's interesting to learn more about the persons behind the art I work with on a daily basis. Today I am going to introduce you to Darvin Jones, one of my favorite New Era artists. [caption id="attachment_907" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Darvin's paint brushes"][/caption] Although Darvin would rather be an actor, iron-chef, super hero or astronaut he has embraced his role as an artist. He sums it up; "life is art and art is life, they really are inseparable." [caption id="attachment_908" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="Darvin in his studio"][/caption] Q: What or who inspired you to paint? How did you discover your talent for art? A: I would say my experiences working as an artist assistant and art handler in NY and on the West Coast. I studied art academically not as a practitioner. I started painting to basically see if I could do it and if I could do it better than the art I was hanging on museum walls. I discovered my talent though really out of a necessity during a dim time in my life. [caption id="attachment_909" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Darvin's paint splattered jeans"][/caption] Q: Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work? A: I work every day, I may not paint everyday but I’m in my studio everyday, every week. I wish I had the luxury of painting only when I am inspired, although on second thought then I would probably paint 24/7 and never stop.   Q: You have some very unique titles to your pieces, is there always a deeper meaning to your pieces or do some of them just portray emotions? A: It’s a combination of both. I usually try to sum up the meaning of the painting in the title or what I feel the piece is about. The paintings are always a riddle or a metaphor and so the titles suggest the rhetorical nature of the painting by using an interplay of words to title them. Q: Out of all of the pieces you've painted, which is your most favorite? A: Really? As I heard a mother put it when asked, which kid is her favorite I don’t have favorites, I love them all. [caption id="attachment_913" align="alignnone" width="200" caption=""Where is the Architect" JD162A. Darvin may have trouble picking a favorite, but this is one of my favorites. Here it is hanging in my family room at home."][/caption] Q: Who is your favorite artist? A: Is this a trick question? Hum, I guess it would be a toss up between Matthew Ritchie, Julie Mehretu and Takashi Murakami. Stayed tuned in for my next post!

Memory lane: The Yellow Dress

Tweet I remember the morning like it was yesterday.  We were all gathered around the tree and of course I had the most gifts!  Yes it’s true I was the spoiled one.  I wasn’t the “spoiled brat” but I was … Read More

I remember the morning like it was yesterday.  We were all gathered around the tree and of course I had the most gifts!  Yes it's true I was the spoiled one.  I wasn't the "spoiled brat" but I was the "spoiled princess".   I had waited all day for Santa to come and it was finally here.  So it was my turn to open my gifts and I won't ever forget this moment. With so much excitement I opened a medium sized box.  It was heavy and wrapped in the prettiest gold paper I had ever seen with a beautiful red bow. Santa must of had his best elf wrap my gift.  I heard music and when I pulled my gift out it was a water globe.  Inside the globe was a beautiful woman with a pretty yellow and pink dress.  She had similarities of Bell from Beauty and the Beast.  The globe played the song "I hope you dance" by Lee Ann Womack. I loved it! It's been several years since I got that gift, but one day as I was working in the prepress room. Peggy Weiss brought in one of her newest pieces, Twirling.  It's of a pretty woman twirling in her yellow and pink dress.  All I could think of was my childhood memory of my water globe.  I was so deeply in love with this piece that Peggy Weiss had created that I had to get one for myself. It hangs in the bedroom of my new sweet little girl, Eliana.  I hope that this picture brings her joy like it brought me. It amazes me how these pieces that different artists bring in can remind me of memories that I will cherish forever.  Did you ever run across an art piece of ours that reminded you of something when you where a child?  If I were you I would look at ALL of our art pieces and you will be amazed of how one of them can bring back a memory.  So try it, and why don’t you tell us about it.  We would love to hear. -Elise
At Gallery Direct, we love to know what images are viewed the most on our website, and it's always neat to dig into Google analytics to see how visitors interact with our site or to identify trends in keywords, content, etc.  Checkout www.gallerydirect.com's top five most viewed wall art from the month of August... from New Years Day to Late Summer, you are sure to fall in love with these! [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Garden Party I by Sean Jacobs"]canvas art garden party I[/caption] Number 1 on the list is Garden Party I
The rhythmic repetition of circles and ovals in candy colors suggest masses of flowers waiting to be admired by one and all. This is a fanciful composition that shows off Sean Jacobs' skill with shapes, colors and light.
    Judy Paul - Tall & Skinny Canvas art Number 2 on the list is Tall and Skinny by Judy Paul
The title aptly describes the form of the tree that is depicted and repeats itself in the actual dimensions of the tall and skinny canvas. Her trademark use of whimsical images, from birds to polka dots, has never been more captivating or humorous.
    Canvas art by Silvia Angeli The 3rd most popular is Late Summer's Expectation I by Sylvia Angeli
Here, Nature has a hard time letting go of the brilliant blues and greens of summer. But the promise of autumn's fiery reds and golden yellows will not be denied.
    Canvas Art by Jon Eric Narum Number 4 is New Years Day by Jon Eric Narum
The brilliant blues and pinks of the sunrise, along with the wide open expanses of the horizon, speak of new beginnings and opportunities.
    Canvas art by Sylvia AngeliNumber 5 is Landscape Abstraction by Sylvia Angeli
The richness of the colors suggests a densely woven tapestry that will make a bold statement in any room of your home or office.  
Coming soon, will be more interesting statistics from from analyzing our web stats. Hope this helps you gives your more ideas on selecting artwork.     -Robin
At New Era Portfolio we know why we do what we do... day in and day out.  Yes, we love coming to work everyday and walking the art gallery halls and working with beautiful paintings with amazing team members, but work is still work.  The "why" behind everything we do shines through when we see people's lives enhanced by our hard work. For this we thank all of you! Last week we found out that we made the Inc. Magazine's 500|5000 list for fastest growing private companies. Inc. Magazine ranked New Era Portfolio , the largest limited-edition fine art publisher, number 3,651 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000. The exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. “We’re excited to be a part of an exclusive club of companies nationally that are truly driving our economy,” explains Joseph Garcia, CEO and President, New Era Portfolio. “We’re leveling the field for designers to enjoy the same quality, selection, service and pricing, regardless of project size. And, as you can tell, we’ve been successful.” To celebrate, we will be giving away free art tonight during our monthly Twitter Party tonight at 9pm CST. RSVP Now! http://bit.ly/oVVStV  We are also offering 50% most of our pieces on our website: http://www.gallerydirect.com Thanks again for helping us make the list!!!        

Fine Art on Birchwood- New Product Launch

Tweet When we started our trials, making “fine art on birchwood,” we just couldn’t believe how indistinguishable the artwork’s look was from that of an original. For this reason, of the rigid substrates Gallery Direct offers [aluminum, mirror, acrylic], birchwood is … Read More

When we started our trials, making “fine art on birchwood,” we just couldn’t believe how indistinguishable the artwork’s look was from that of an original. For this reason, of the rigid substrates Gallery Direct offers [aluminum, mirror, acrylic], birchwood is our new favorite. Recently, an interior designer-client asked me to describe the look and specifications of fine art on birchwood. I visited our production floor to inquire and was surprised to find out the material is the same birchwood sheet, bought at a Home Depot. I love that simplicity. In fact, all of our trial runs were created with birchwood sheets, purchased at the Home Depot down the street. We created a video to show off this new medium. We think it turned out great. We're very happy with the work Candice is producing in the little studio we carved out for her at the back of our facility.

Fine Art on Acrylic- Lost in Translation

Tweet A lot of folks visit our site through the google keyword search term “Art on Acrylic.” Despite the search, we don’t see as many orders as we’d like. It might be that people are just curious about this new, … Read More

A lot of folks visit our site through the google keyword search term “Art on Acrylic.” Despite the search, we don’t see as many orders as we’d like. It might be that people are just curious about this new, more modern way to display images. It also might be that the soignée-ness of this product is lost in translation, when it’s rendered on our website. We are now working with a company to help us translate awesome art to awesome website presentation. This is in the early phases. We'll keep you posted. In case you’re wondering, here’s our benchmark, Rolex. Recently, we created a small video production studio and began to make short, product vignettes, and in the coming months look for more videos of who we are and how we make some of the most compelling art on any surface.
We are loving these reviews.  We've recently launched this ratings and reviews function, and here’s one that we’d like to call out. Overall Rating: 5 stars Quality: 5 stars Value: 5 stars Ease of Installation: 5 stars True to Color: 5 stars Would you recommend this to a friend?: Absolutely Review Title: I couldn't be happier
I bought Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' on the aluminum background. My house is decorated in a contemporary style, but I've always loved this painting. So, I chose the aluminum background because it was clean lined and stylish, but does in no way insult the painting itself. It actually is a very nice clash between two styles that works very well. It's absolutely gorgeous. I have and would recommend this style and company to anyone. The quality is great.
We enjoyed reading this one: an art lover using Gallery Direct to its full potential. She created something unique, taking an old master, perhaps Van Gogh’s most famous, which we have impeccably curated and optimized, and she customized it on aluminum to suit the needs of her home’s interior. There are features only Gallery Direct offers to art lovers.  In business terms, you’d call these “key differentiators” or the value you offer your customers based on how you differ from your competitors. Most of the images we sell are exclusive to Gallery Direct, this is the artwork we sell as limited editions. An artist signs a limited edition agreement [with us] and receives a royalty each time we sell one of their images.  In contrast, Van Gogh’s work “Starry Night” is part of the public domain; therefore represents an image that many sources around the world and online sell.  But if you want this recreated on aluminum, birchwood, mirror, or acrylic, in addition to traditional framed paper and stretched canvas, we’re the guys to call on. We’re also the guys that won’t break your bank for this level of customization. Our mantra from day one is: “Fine Art For Everyone.” This message is plastered all over our facility and we smile big when we read the end of this review, “I have and will recommend this style and company to anyone. The quality is great.” Thank you! We couldn’t help but notice a new competitor tweaked our mantra to be theirs: “It’s Art For Everyone.” Thanks for the compliment. In eleven years, we’ve had our exclusive images knocked off, we’ve had our messaging/branding copied, and we’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt.  In the case of this new competitor, after looking around the site for a while, we couldn’t help but notice their “key differentiator” is exorbitant cost.  Might want to re-think that slogan guys. Watch our Fine Art on Aluminum Video