Glossary

  • A/N

    Atelier National –A/N – AN

    The Atelier National editions were special editions created using the giclee printing process. The other editions available for the image are typically lithographs on paper or lithographs transferred to canvas. Each canvas Atelier National edition is hand-highlighted and designated with the letters AN following the print number.

  • A/P

    Artist Proof – A/P – AP

    Historically, artist proofs were the first printed copies and were used to indicate the artist's approval of color reproduction and other mechanical aspects of the printing process. Originally prized as the best-quality reproductions, now artist proofs exist solely as part of the print-making tradition and are of the same quality as the standard limited edition prints. Additionally, artist proofs are typically restricted to less than ten percent of the signed and numbered limited edition, and are the property of the artist rather than the property of the publisher. Only a portion of the AP edition is available to the public; the rest of the edition is reserved for the artist, the artist’s family and special collectors.

  • Abstract Art

    Abstract art is any art that does not attempt to represent external reality, in which the depiction of the ‘real’ has been subordinated or discarded altogether. The artist then creates using shapes, patterns, lines, forms, textures and colors.

  • Acid-free

    Acid-free refers to a material with a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater). Sometimes used incorrectly as a synonym for alkaline or buffered material. Some acidic materials are chemically neutralized with the addition of alkaline products; other materials are processed to remove the acid-producing elements. (Acid-free materials are acid-free at the time of manufacture, but may become slightly acidic over time due to atmospheric pollutants.)

  • Acid-Free Foam Board

    Acid-free foam board is manufactured in accordance with Library of Congress cold-extraction methods for nonphotographic materials with a facing paper buffered with calcium carbonate to a pH between 7.7 and 8.5. The buffering protects both the board and the artwork from deterioration due to atmospheric pollutants.

  • Acrylagraph

    Acrylagraphs are created with the same printing process as offset lithographs. First, paper is coated several times with a formulation of acrylics and UV protectant measuring thousandths of an inch in thickness. At the appropriate time, once the acrylics and inks have integrated, the coated paper is put into a bath of chemicals and water. The inks then lift from the paper, and the image is carefully applied to a pre-stretched canvas. Once the image is cured, it is given a final coating of acrylic and UV protectant.

  • Acrylic Paint

    Acrylic paints are artist's colors made by polymerizing a methyl methacrylate by emulsification, thus dispersing the resin into tiny particles in water. This fluid is then used for a base in compounding polymer colors. Acrylic colors are water soluble when wet, but dry to an insoluble film. Colors are bright, dry quickly and are flexible.

  • Acrylic Painting

    An artwork executed with acrylic paint.

  • Animation Cel

    A clear plastic sheet onto which a drawing is copied, either by hand-inking or by a xerographic copier process. Colored paints are applied to the reverse side. One or more cels may be placed over a painted background, which serves as a setting for the action. In animated movies and cartoons, twenty-four cels are required for each second of screen time. (That's 86,400 per hour, folks!)

    Cel is an abbreviation for Celluloid™.

  • Archival

    Archival is a non-technical term used to denote material that will last over long periods of time with minimal deterioration because of its chemical stability and physical durability.
    It also refers to materials that meet certain criteria for permanence such as lignin-free, PH neutral, alkaline-buffered. stable in light, etc.

  • Artist Proof

    Artist Proof – A/P – AP

    Historically, artist proofs were the first printed copies and were used to indicate the artist's approval of color reproduction and other mechanical aspects of the printing process. Originally prized as the best-quality reproductions, now artist proofs exist solely as part of the print-making tradition and are of the same quality as the standard limited edition prints. Additionally, artist proofs are typically restricted to less than ten percent of the signed and numbered limited edition, and are the property of the artist rather than the property of the publisher. Only a portion of the AP edition is available to the public; the rest of the edition is reserved for the artist, the artist’s family and special collectors.

  • Atelier National

    Atelier National –A/N – AN

    The Atelier National editions were special editions created using the giclee printing process. The other editions available for the image are typically lithographs on paper or lithographs transferred to canvas. Each canvas Atelier National edition is hand-highlighted and designated with the letters AN following the print number.

  • Availability

    Gives current availability of an item at World Wide Art.


    • In-Stock: Item is available for immediate shipment.

    • Ships Today!: If this item is ordered before 3PM Pacific Time it will ship out the same day, otherwise it will ship out on the next day.

    • Good: This item is currently available.

    • Low: This item has limited availability.

    • Very Low: This item has very limited availability. Indeed, there may only be ONE left.

    • Call: This item may be currently unavailable. Call World Wide Art at 1-800-518-8453 for possible price and availability.

  • Bevel

    Cutting or shaping the edge or end of a material to form an angle that is not a right angle, such as the 45-degree bevel cut on the window edge of a mat that exposes the core of the matboard.

  • Canvas

    Canvas is a strong cloth made from cotton, flax, or a similar yarn, used as a surface for painting or reproductions.

    Art that is on canvas is typically displayed using a liner and frame and does not require matting or glazing (glass or plexiglass) as with paper art. Canvas reproductions are closer to the look of an original painting (excluding watercolors) because of the canvas texture and the absence of a glass or plexiglass covering.

    Canvas editions usually have the same overall size and image size.

  • Canvas Transfer

    A process which lifts the image on a print off the paper support so that it can be transferred to a canvas mount.

  • Cert

    Certificate of Authentication – Cert. – COA

    The Certificate of Authentication States if an edition comes with a certificate or not. Typically limited editions (numbered art) come with a certificate. Open editions (art without numbering, posters) do not have a certificate.

  • Certificate of Authenticity

    Certificate of Authentication – Cert. – COA

    The Certificate of Authentication States if an edition comes with a certificate or not. Typically limited editions (numbered art) come with a certificate. Open editions (art without numbering, posters) do not have a certificate.

  • Chiarograph

    The Chiarograph (pronounced 'keer-o-graph) is a fusion of traditional printmaking and the latest digital technology. The characteristic of the Chiarograph medium is unique: while each one has a pattern or part of an image that is repeated, the individual hand painting preparation results in a one of a kind print.

    First, each sheet of archival, acid-free black paper undergoes a hand brushed basecoat, which will become the printed area. This hand application of the basecoat creates the brush stroke texture behind the printed image, ensuring each piece in the edition is unique, as no two pieces will ever have the same hand painted undercoat.

    Then, the Chiarograph printing process identifies the undercoat and prints only on the hand painted area thereby applying the artwork over the texture, and out to the edges of the brushwork. This creates a uniquely organic and whimsical effect to the outer border of each image. The beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking and painting.

    Finally, each work of art undergoes three separate coats of hand applied varnish which not only provides UV protection to the image, but results in a luminous sheen to the finish.

  • Cibachrome

    A Cibachrome is an extremely glossy, bright and vidid color photograph based on the silver dye-bleach system. The necessary colors (azo dyes) are built into the emulsion layers. These colors are bleached out where not needed during developing. Azo dyes produce more brilliant colors and have greater stability and resistance to light than any other current process. Also known as an Ilfochrome.

  • Conservation Clear Glass

    Conservation Clear Glass is framing glass that blocks up to 99% of UV (ultraviolet light) rays and damage. It has a special coating on the inside of the glass to resist fading.

    NOTE: This glazing will help protect your art when displayed correctly and never in direct sunlight. The sun will win. Every time.

  • Conservation Clear Plexiglass

    Conservation Clear Plexiglass offers 99% UV protection and the same clarity as the finest picture frame glazing, all while being lightweight and shatterproof. It protects from both natural and artificial light and is a safer alternative at half the weight of glass, many times more resistant to impact. Ideal for framing in earthquake prone or high traffic areas where safety is a concern

    * Requires plexiglass cleaner.

    NOTE: This glazing will help protect your art when displayed correctly and never in direct sunlight. The sun will win. Every time.

  • Conservation Framing

    Conservation, in framing, is the careful maintenance and protection of works of art. In conservation/preservation framing, we use materials and procedures that will have no adverse effects on a piece of artwork and will protect the artwork from external damage.

  • Copyright

    Copyrights © are the exclusive rights to reproduce, sell and distribute a work, prepare derivative works and display the work publicly.

  • Deckled Edge

    Deckled edges are the feathery edges of a sheet of handmade paper, caused by the deckle or frame which confines the pulp to the mold. Also present on some machine-made papers, caused by the rubber deckle straps at the sides of the paper machine.

  • Diptych

    A diptych (pronounced: dip-tick) is basically a drawing or painting in two parts. The pictures will usually be the same size and format (landscape or portrait), sometimes composed of separate, closely related images or they may be a continuous but divided image.

    The word diptych comes from the Greek root 'dis', meaning two, and 'ptykhe', meaning 'fold'. It was the name of the folding writing tablets used in Roman times made from two boards (most commonly wood, but could be bone or metal), that were hinged together, the inner faces being covered with a layer of wax, ready for inscription.

  • E/E

    Estate Edition – E/E – EE

    Estate Editions are special reserved editions created with a textured brushstroke process. It is then finished by a Certified Master Highlighter and then a special remarque is applied to the verso (reverse) side of the canvas.

    Each Estate Edition is designated by the letters EE after the print number and a silver metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas.

    Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Estate Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • E/P

    Examination Proof – E/P – EP

    Examination Proofs are special editions offered to preferred galleries as an opportunity for collectors to get a ‘sneak-peek’ of select new releases. The canvases are individually hand-highlighted, have the designation of EP in the numbering process and have a small edition size.

  • Edition

    Edition refers to the total number of various copies of an original piece of art, printed from the same plates or blocks and published about the same time.

  • Estate Edition

    Estate Edition – E/E – EE

    Estate Editions are special reserved editions created with a textured brushstroke process. It is then finished by a Certified Master Highlighter and then a special remarque is applied to the verso (reverse) side of the canvas.

    Each Estate Edition is designated by the letters EE after the print number and a silver metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas.

    Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Estate Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Examination Proof

    Examination Proof – E/P – EP

    Examination Proofs are special editions offered to preferred galleries as an opportunity for collectors to get a ‘sneak-peek’ of select new releases. The canvases are individually hand-highlighted, have the designation of EP in the numbering process and have a small edition size.

  • G/P

    Gallery Proof – G/P – GP

    Gallery proof editions are issued in quantities smaller than SN and restricted for exclusive distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

    They can be distinguished by the unique gold foil remarque stamped onto the image and the designation of GP in the numbering process.

  • Gallery Proof

    Gallery Proof – G/P – GP

    Gallery proof editions are issued in quantities smaller than SN and restricted for exclusive distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

    They can be distinguished by the unique gold foil remarque stamped onto the image and the designation of GP in the numbering process.

  • Giclee

    Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is a term coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne for the technology of fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printers.

    The giclee process produces a highly saturated and dynamic color range that is an exact color representation of an original work of art. Many times it is produced on the same watercolor paper or canvas as the original.

    Placed side by side it may take the artist to distinguish the original from the copy. The giclee is an affordable option to buying original works of art.

  • H/C

    Hors de Commerce – H/C – HC

    Hors de Commerce means ‘out of trade’. They are similar to an artist proof in that they are impressions pulled outside of the regular edition for the use by the publishers.

  • Heritage Edition

    Heritage Edition – H/E

    Heritage Edition Canvases are available in very small edition sizes and created with a textured process that recreates the artist's actual brush work. They are then finished by a Master Highlighter with additional highlighting.

    A special Zac Kinkade hand sketched Remarque is applied on the verso (reverse) side of the canvas by a Master Highlighter. Lastly, each canvas is hand-signed on the front by Zac Kinkade. Heritage Editions are designated with letters H/E during the numbering process.

    Due to the nature of these extremely limited quantities, all Heritage Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Hors de Commerce

    Hors de Commerce – H/C – HC

    Hors de Commerce means ‘out of trade’. They are similar to an artist proof in that they are impressions pulled outside of the regular edition for the use by the publishers.

  • Image

    Image can refer to any of these:

    1) The dimensions (in inches) of the actual image of the artwork. Most paper editions have a white border around the image. Canvas editions usually are the same image and overall size. When paper editions are framed with matting the overall framed size is about 10 inches larger than the image size. When canvas editions are framed with liners the overall framed size is about 8 inches larger than the image size.

    2) The printed or colored portion of a print.

    3) A physical likeness or representation of a person, animal or thing; photographed, painted, sculpted or otherwise made visible.

  • J/E

    Jewel Edition – J/E

    Jewel Editions are hand-embellished with painted accents and have diamond dust added for extra sparkle, shimmer and shine.

  • Jewel Edition

    Jewel Edition – J/E

    Jewel Editions are hand-embellished with painted accents and have diamond dust added for extra sparkle, shimmer and shine.

  • Key Master Set-Up

    The Key master set-up is a very rare piece of animation art. It contains the original cels and corresponding original backgrounds both actually used under the animation camera in the production of an animated feature or short. Because the background is used for multiple scenes; it is actually rarer, and more sought after, than the original production cels. These art cels are only available to select Disney Preferred Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • L/E

    Limited Edition – L/E – LE

    A limited edition is an issue of something collectible (prints, sculptures, etc,) limited to a certain quantity of numbered copies. The first number indicates the number of the piece; the second number indicates the total quantity of the edition, e.g., 126/150.

  • Limited Edition

    Limited Edition – L/E – LE

    A limited edition is an issue of something collectible (prints, sculptures, etc,) limited to a certain quantity of numbered copies. The first number indicates the number of the piece; the second number indicates the total quantity of the edition, e.g., 126/150.

  • Liner

    A liner is a frame molding used within the outer molding, often covered with fabric. Liners create visual space for the art between the image and frame.

  • Lithograph

    A lithograph is a print made by a planographic process, such as an original done on a lithographic stone or a commercial print made by the process of lithography.

  • Lithography

    Lithography is a traditional printing method which involves printing from a plane surface – such as smooth stone (litho) or a metal plate – that has been prepared so that the inks will only stick to the parts of the design to be printed. Variations of the technique are widely used in commercial reproductions.

  • M/E

    Master Edition – M/E – ME

    Master Editions are the ultimate expression of detail, involvement by the artist, and collectability of any published edition. Each Master Edition published prior to April 2012 was hand-highlighted by Thomas Kinkade and he hand sketched a remarque on the verso (reverse) side of the canvas. Kinkade’s thumbprint and a Master Edition Seal are also located on the back of the canvas.

    Each Master Edition is numbered with the letters M/E and hand-signed in metallic ink.

  • Maquette

    A maquette is a preliminary, scaled down 3D model or sketch of an intended sculpture, architectural detail, mural or building.

  • Master Edition

    Master Edition – M/E – ME

    Master Editions are the ultimate expression of detail, involvement by the artist, and collectability of any published edition. Each Master Edition published prior to April 2012 was hand-highlighted by Thomas Kinkade and he hand sketched a remarque on the verso (reverse) side of the canvas. Kinkade’s thumbprint and a Master Edition Seal are also located on the back of the canvas.

    Each Master Edition is numbered with the letters M/E and hand-signed in metallic ink.

  • Media

    1. What material the item is made of or the art is produced on. Examples include paper (white), black paper, canvas, board, cel (acetate), sculptures…
    2. The specific tool and material used by an artist, e.g., brush and oil paint, chisel and stone.
    3. The mode of expression employed by an artist, e.g., painting, sculpture, the graphic arts.
    4. A liquid that may be added to a paint to increase its manipulability without decreasing its adhesive, binding or film-forming properties.

  • Medium

    1. What material the item is made of or the art is produced on. Examples include paper (white), black paper, canvas, board, cel (acetate), sculptures…
    2. The specific tool and material used by an artist, e.g., brush and oil paint, chisel and stone.
    3. The mode of expression employed by an artist, e.g., painting, sculpture, the graphic arts.
    4. A liquid that may be added to a paint to increase its manipulability without decreasing its adhesive, binding or film-forming properties.

  • Method

    The process that is used to produce an item, e.g. lithograph, serigraph, giclee, chiarograph, original paintings, etc.

  • Mint Condition

    Describes artwork which is in the same condition as it was when originally finished, printed, etc. Taken from coinage, in the same condition as it was when it was minted.

  • Museum Glass

    Museum Glass is framing glass that blocks up to 99% of UV (ultraviolet light) rays and damage and also has a special coating on the outside of the glass to virtually eliminate reflections. Optimal light transmission allows for brightened colors and a cleaner, ‘crisper’ view of the artwork. For the 'ultimate' viewing experience (for art that needs glass, that is...)

    NOTE: This glazing will help protect your art when displayed correctly and never in direct sunlight. The sun will win. Every time.

  • Museum Plexiglass

    Museum Plexiglass offers 99% UV protection and the same crystal clarity as the finest picture frame glazing, all while being lightweight and shatterproof. Its durable hard coat protects against scratches and virtually eliminates reflections. It protects your art from fading against both natural and artificial light. Optimal light transmission allows for brightened colors and a cleaner, ‘crisper’ view of the artwork It is ideal for framing in earthquake prone or high traffic areas where safety is a concern. Cleans like glass, no special cleaners needed.

    NOTE: This glazing will help protect your art when displayed correctly and never in direct sunlight. The sun will win. Every time.

  • Non-Glare Glass

    Non-glare glass has an etched surface to difuse light and reduce glare and reflection.

    NOTE: - World Wide Art does not recommend traditional non-glare glass. The etched surface causes the image to be blurred and foggy thus losing the details of the image. World Wide Art does offer Museum Glass as a superior option.

  • Offset Lithograph

    An offset lithograph print is the most common way you'll find limited edition art, posters, magazines, catalogs, brochures and most other color images on paper. It is a mechanical four color press process. Yep, all that with four colors. Amazing.

  • Offset Lithography

    Offset lithography is the process in which the printed image is transferred, or "offset", from one roller or plate to another and then transferred to the printing paper. Offset lithographs should be termed reproductions rather than originals prints. This process eliminates the need to draw the image in reverse on the stone or plate.

  • Open Edition

    Open Edition – Open

    An open edition is an edition having an infinite number of prints and beyond…

  • Original

    A unique (as in "no other piece exactly like it in all the known universe") piece of artwork that cannot be exactly duplicated.

    Ever.

    Think of an oil painting on canvas, if you will. While the image may be duplicated as a print, the reproduction is not oil paint on canvas.

  • Original Lithograph

    An original lithographic print is not a reproduction; each is an original and unique work of art. The artist makes separate drawings, one for each color to be printed, directly on the working surface (commonly stone or mylar film) to create individual plates. An original lithograph must pass through the press one time for each color it contains. Hand coloring may also be added later. These editions are usually small and with softer details in the image.

  • Original Production

    Original Production/Production Art

    Original production art includes any one-of-a-kind (original) artwork that was used to create an animated film or short. This includes hand-painted cels, backgrounds, rough drawings, clean-up drawings, and other elements used during the production. The cels, in particular, are considered very rare, not only because of their one-of-a-kind nature, but also because most inking and painting is now completed in a computer instead of on a sheet of celluloid. The original rough and cleaned-up drawings are still done by hand. Original production art is only available to select Disney Preferred Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • P/P

    Publisher Proof – P/P – PP

    Publisher proofs are a small, exclusive edition available at the discretion of the Publisher. They are designated P/P or PP in the numbering process.

    Thomas Kinkade's P/P editions carry a back-stamp identifying each canvas as a Publisher Proof.

  • Paper

    Although paper is a fragile medium, it is still the most common material used in reproducing art.

    When paper art is framed it must go behind matting and glazing (glass or plexiglass) to protect the paper and the image. Without matting and glazing the paper would be damaged and the art would lose its integrity and value.

    *Most paper editions have a white border around the image.

  • Plaques

    A plaque is a small metal plate mounted on a frame or mat, usually showing the artist's name and title of the artwork.

  • Poster

    A poster is an inexpensively printed reproduction of a piece of artwork.

  • Print

    Print refers to the physical copy made by printing; a reproduction of an original work of art (such as a painting) by various processes (lithography, giclee, etc.); or an original work of art (such as an etching, wood cutor lithograph) designed to be reproduced under the guidance and supervision of the artist.

  • Publisher Proof

    Publisher Proof – P/P – PP

    Publisher proofs are a small, exclusive edition available at the discretion of the Publisher. They are designated P/P or PP in the numbering process.

    Thomas Kinkade's P/P editions carry a back-stamp identifying each canvas as a Publisher Proof.

  • R/E

    Renaissance Edition – R/E – RE

    Renaissance Editions are special reserve editions created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist's original brushwork. The image is then finished in oil by a Master Highlighter and a special watermark remarque is applied to the verso (reverse) side of the canvas.

    All Renaissance Editions released prior to the passing Of Thomas Kinkade are approved and personally Hand Signed by him.

    Each Renaissance Edition is designated by the letters R/E or RE after the print number. Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Renaissance Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Remarque

    1) A small sketch engraved in the margin of a printing plate, usually removed before the final edition is printed.

    2) A printing plate with such a mark.

  • Renaissance Edition

    Renaissance Edition – R/E – RE

    Renaissance Editions are special reserve editions created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist's original brushwork. The image is then finished in oil by a Master Highlighter and a special watermark remarque is applied to the verso (reverse) side of the canvas.

    All Renaissance Editions released prior to the passing Of Thomas Kinkade are approved and personally Hand Signed by him.

    Each Renaissance Edition is designated by the letters R/E or RE after the print number. Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Renaissance Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • S/E

    Studio Edition – S/E – SE

    Studio Edition Canvases are the most rare and are extremely low in edition size. They are created with a textured process and additional highlighting that recreates the artist’s actual brush work.

    Upon satisfactory completion, Zac will apply final highlights himself and hand sketch a detailed sketch and signature on the back of the canvas. Each canvas is hand-signed on the front by the artist.

    Studio Editions are designated with letters S/E during the numbering process. Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Studio Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • S/N

    Signed and Numbered – Standard Numbered – S/N – SN

    Signed and Numbered – S/N – SN

    Signed and numbered means that the edition has been signed by the artist, and all prints in a limited edition will have unique numbers.

    Standard Numbered – S/N – SN

    The Standard numbered canvas editions are hand-highlighted and both the canvas and paper editions are designated S/N.

  • S/P

    Studio Proof – S/P – SP

    Studio Proof editions are created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brushwork. The images are then finished in oil by a Master Highlighter who inscribes an original and identifying remarque on the back of the canvas under the artist’s close supervision.

    Upon satisfactory completion, the artist applies final highlights himself, and hand signs the front of the canvas in metallic ink. Lastly, a foil-stamped gold 'Studio Proof' seal is applied to the back.

    The letters SP designate each Studio Proof after the print number. Due to the exclusivity of this piece, all Studio Proofs are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Secondary Market

    The secondary market is where we find items that are no longer available from the original source. It is in no way associated with the value or condition of the art.

    WWA Note: World Wide Art only acquires art from authorized sources. We do not purchase art from private collectors. World Wide Art guarantees the authenticity and condition of all art we carry and distribute.

    World Wide Art offers a free art search service through our extensive network of authorized sources, for rare or currently unavailable artwork. Call 1-800-518-8453 if you need help finding a particular piece for you collection.

  • Sericel

    Artwork created to resemble an animation cel, but using screen printing techniques.

  • Serigraph

    A serigraph is more commonly known as a silk-screen print. The serigraph process can produce prints of startling clarity or subdued elegance depending upon the artist's wishes.

    To make a serigraph from an original piece of art, every color in the original must be identified and separated. After the separation has been made, a screen is made for each individual color. Those areas that are not to be printed are blocked out to prevent the transfer of ink or paint to paper or canvas. The paper or canvas is then placed under the screen and the ink is forced through the open mesh. This process is repeated for each individual color. Serigraphs can have up to hundreds of separate colors.

    Although the process is extremely time consuming, this high quality process produces a beautiful work of art that is also affordable.

  • Signed

    When an item states that it is signed, that means that the artist has personally inspected, approved and hand signed the item. Includes both limited and some open editions.

    Some popular artists work is still produced after their passing and it is common industry practice to have their spouse sign and approve their art. This is the case with artists like Charles Wysocki and Stephen Lyman.

  • Signed and Numbered

    Signed and Numbered – S/N – SN

    Signed and Numbered means that the edition has been signed by the artist, and all prints in a limited edition will have unique numbers.

  • Standard Numbered

    Standard Numbered – S/N – SN

    The Standard numbered canvas editions are hand-highlighted and both the canvas and paper editions are designated S/N.

  • Studio Edition

    Studio Edition – S/E – SE

    Studio Edition Canvases are the most rare and are extremely low in edition size. They are created with a textured process and additional highlighting that recreates the artist’s actual brush work.

    Upon satisfactory completion, Zac will apply final highlights himself and hand sketch a detailed sketch and signature on the back of the canvas. Each canvas is hand-signed on the front by the artist.

    Studio Editions are designated with letters S/E during the numbering process. Due to these extremely limited quantities, all Studio Editions are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Studio Proof

    Studio Proof – S/P – SP

    Studio Proof editions are created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brushwork. The images are then finished in oil by a Master Highlighter who inscribes an original and identifying remarque on the back of the canvas under the artist’s close supervision.

    Upon satisfactory completion, the artist applies final highlights himself, and hand signs the front of the canvas in metallic ink. Lastly, a foil-stamped gold 'Studio Proof' seal is applied to the back.

    The letters SP designate each Studio Proof after the print number. Due to the exclusivity of this piece, all Studio Proofs are limited to distribution through Signature Galleries like World Wide Art.

  • Triptych

    A triptych (pronounced: trip-tick) is a picture in three parts.

    The triptych can be used for altarpieces, with a large central panel and two smaller panels painted inside folding doors. As well as being functionally appropriate, the three-fold nature reflects the religious symbolism of the number three.

    The passage of time or a story-telling narrative can also become evident in the triptych format, with the panels representing a beginning, a middle and an end.

    Although the ways an artist can use the three panels of a triptych vary, there usually will be a strong sense of visual coherence. Be it flowing together to form a single unified scene, or functioning as separate paintings. A continuous horizon line or background, a unified palette, consistent handling of the subject matter, or a progression or continuity of theme or subject are just several ways to achieve this.

    The word triptych has its origins in the Greek 'triptykhos' meaning three-layered.