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Winfield Galleries

Material / Framing

Good, Better, Best – Winfield Galleries Fine Art Reproductions.

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Fine Art "Giclee" *Prints: Giclee (pronounced “Zhee-Clay”) reproduction has become the standard of producing fine art reproductions. Giclee is a French word that, basically, means “to spray.” So, think of this printing process like a huge, very high quality & high resolution ink jet printer.

The giclee process applies specially developed "pigment-based" archival inks via a very high resolution 8-color printer for incredible detail, texture and color reproduction.

With this printer, we use three different types of media: (listed in descending levels of quality)

  1. Best: Fine Art Canvas (100% cotton)
  2. Better: Concord Fine Art Paper (PH neutral/acid free, 100% cotton rag mould-made paper)
  3. Good: Gloss, Magiclee photo-base paper

Artist Canvas and Concord Fine Art Paper: These are true “archival” quality prints, and, in theory, will last for nearly 100 years without fading or yellowing. (This paper and canvas is “acid free.” Acid is often used in the paper or canvas manufacturing process to bleach the material to a white color. Over time, the acid residue causes the paper/canvas and ink to fade or yellow – and the paper/canvas to become brittle and flake). In order to use the term “archival print,” we have to use both acid free media (paper/canvas) and a special “UV protected,” pigment-based ink.

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Magiclee Gloss Paper Prints: (pronounced “Maaa-zhee-clay as in “magic” zhee-clay) Utilizes the giclee production process to take advantage of a new and premium quality photo-type paper stock to create crystal clear and vibrant images at a very affordable price. The Gloss Magiclee paper is also acid-free and therefore “archival.” It creates a high-quality, lower-cost print that will still last for years before fading occurs. This is the perfect option for the casual collector or sportsman wanting something to display without a lot of trouble or cost.

They aren’t making this stuff anymore!

Most of the artwork in this collection was created between the late 1890’s and 1950. Many, if not all of the artists who created these images, are long gone.

This artwork was created before photography was the common medium for visualizing advertising and promotional materials. They were also painted decades before the use of image retouching or photoshop special effects were available to help create the finished piece or attain a desired effect.

With this in mind, the artists were challenged by Winchester to create more than just “advertising art” – they were tasked with telling a story in one image. They had to create drama, conflict, and excitement. They had to draw the viewer into the image.

And they did this through the use of vivid color, incredible detail – and an understanding of the terrain, the game – and the sport.

custom-framing-03.jpgThis is not “Hotel” Art.

Unlike the current trend in generic, “me too” hunting art where another monster buck is jumping over a fence or a boss turkey is strutting into a clearing, the artwork in the Winchester collection represent a groundbreaking and truly original approach to “sporting art.” In fact, this category of pre-1950 artwork is often referred to as the “golden age” of sporting artwork.

The images are, literally, the “crown jewels” of the American shooting sports artwork movement.

These artists were the best of the best.

Look through the offerings in each gallery and note the names of the artists. Dozens of different artists and styles are represented in the Winchester collection. In fact, after their “starving commercial artist” period, many of these folks went on to become quite famous American artists: Phillip R. Goodwin, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Fredrick Remington, Lynn Bogue Hunt – just to name a few. 

Ordering

Not sure which frame size to select?

If you order a small print (11” size in either dimension) – then you must select the “small frame” option.

If you order a large print (22” size in either dimension) – then you must select the “large frame” option.

Please note: We reserve the right to adjust frame charges up or down on final invoice if incorrect frame size is selected for the size print purchased. Thank you.

 For more questions please contact us at info@winfieldgalleries.com

 ** We do not frame prints in-house. Please allow an additional 2-3 weeks delivery time for orders requiring framing.