The Fine Art Trade Guild revisited and updated.

THE FINE ART TRADE GUILD In a couple of recent blog posts I have mentioned the Fine Art Trade Guild. In particular the Guild standards for publishing prints, and the original art register OAR. Both were relevant to my blog posts. Now this invites the question as to what the Guild is and whether they do much else. FATG logo So here goes, background first; The Fine Art Trade Guild was formed in 1910 as the successor to the 1847 Printsellers’ Association, set up to oversee the fine art print trade. The Guild’s aim today, as it was over 100 years ago, is to promote, develop and inform the picture industry. The Guild HQ is in London UK but they have worldwide membership. It is chiefly a business

Giclee is Still the Best Thing Since....

GICLEE IS STILL THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD... I wrote a blog post about giclee printing a couple of years ago. It claimed that giclee is the best thing since sliced bread. That post is still very relevant. You can see the link at the bottom of this post. Epson 9600 and 7600 fine art printers So what is it? Giclee is really high-quality inkjet printing. Yes really high-quality, and yes it really is the best thing since sliced bread. For artists, art lovers, and art collectors that is. Maybe some old school publishers think it is not. And some traditional printmakers disagree as well. Hey ho. You can’t win them all! Of course it is actually just a way that artists make pictures. They ar

Open Studios and Artist’s Open Houses

OPEN STUDIOS AND OPEN HOUSES This blog-post is about ‘Open Studios’ and ‘Artist’s Open Houses’. Open Studios is an established system that artists have long used to encourage their prospective collectors. Whereas ‘Artist’s Open Houses’ is much more recent. Artist’s Open House History. The basic method of interesting customer/collectors is very old indeed. An artist operating from a studio in Italy or Holland, hundreds of years ago, would invite patrons into his workplace to see work in progress. Often the artist would have a separate raised area looking down onto the dirty studio floor, where apprentices would be grinding pigment and mixing paint. This was so that the clients could see and n


from ‘Art and Framing Today’ magazine April 2018 Artist and Guild Past Master Colin Ruffell tackles the complex subject of intellectual property theft in the art world. Copying: Homage COPYING is it HOMAGE, PLAGIARISM or FRAUD? If an artist makes artwork that looks rather like another artist’s work, what then? Isn’t it flattering homage if an artist copies your work? Was the influence of the first artist on the second a good thing? Or is blatant copying a serious threat or even an illegal act? We can discuss whether copyright is a significant useful, or irrelevant, factor. Plagiarism is where the copier claims that the copy is their own work. Fraud is where the copier claims that the work is

RIGHT BRAIN LEFT BRAIN … creativity v logic

Right Brain Left Brain … creativity v logic The ‘right-brain v left-brain’ idea suggests that we artists thrive by using our creative right-brain while all of you ‘non-artists’ lose your right-brain creativity as you become adults. A good quote here is the Picasso one where he says that ‘all children are artists but the problem is how to remain one when we grow up.’ The responsibilities of adulthood, parenthood, contribution to society, and earning a living, challenge us with quite a set of daunting tasks. We have to grow up. So we have to stop being children. We cannot continue to be creative. However some of us do. In a previous blog post I wrote about this and disclosed that we have examp


RED, GREEN, BLUE CONES and COLOUR BLINDNESS Colour blindness (originally called ‘daltonism’ after John Dalton) There are different types of colour blindness, the most common are protanopia (reduced sensitivitiy to red light) and deuteranopia (reduced sensitivity to green light), which are collectively known as red-green blindness. These people have problems distinguishing between reds, greens, browns and oranges. Tritanopia (reduced sensitivity to blue and yellow light) is extremely rare. About 8% of Northern European males are colour blind. Far fewer females are colour blind because the inherited gene is found in the x chromosome. Males have two but females have only one. Here are a few fam

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