I have owned
a Motorcycle of some sort for over 40 years, at least 50 bikes.
I have worked on motorcycles as a mechanic (first class) in
the British army.
At present I own a Yamaha XT600 Tenere and a BMW R80 G/S both
adapted for Adventure motorcycling.
In February 2003 I rode the Tenere through Senegal and Mali
in West Africa.
I regularly attend race meetings and the Isle of Man TT and
in 1999 completed a roads closed lap of the TT course as official
TTRA artist in the Classic parade, riding the 500cc Suzuki that
won the production race in the year I started as a professional
Motorcyclist? I'm one of you.
If you are new to the picture game, the
following information may help you in what to look for and what to avoid.
Fine Art - Genuine Strictly
Limited Edition Prints
||A limited edition must
state, in print, the number of copies in the edition; in addition it will be signed &
numbered by the artist.
NB A print,
even if numbered & signed by the artist is not a genuine limited edition
unless the number of prints in the edition is actually printed onto the paper (usually on
the base of the print)
||All prints in the edition
must be produced with a single print run (+10% for proofs)
NB Printing in batches of 100, five times, is not
a genuine limited edition of 500 as not all prints were produced together.
||All printing plates and
film must be destroyed after the edition has been printed.
||Proofs : Usually
10% in addition to the main edition
AP Proofs : Artists Proofs - signed & numbered by the artist (i.e. AP 1/35 - No 1
proof of 35)
HC Proofs : Used to
show galleries etc. Numbered - sometimes signed.
CP Proofs : Final print before plates are
destroyed. Numbered - sometimes signed.
As name suggests, picture can be
reprinted again & again in any size or format - may or may not be signed, can be
produced in any quality also.
NB Our open editions are produced to the
same highest standards as our limited editions.
Produced in all sorts of paints &
Can be painted onto canvas, canvas board,
wood board, almost anything in fact, as long as it is primed correctly.
We have heard of some oil paintings being
painted onto unprimed watercolour paper. If you have bought one of these, best of luck!
The paint will start falling off pretty quickly. Avoid!
Our original work these days is
painted onto double primed & sanded heavyweight board which does not flex and gives a
very rigid, permanent base. With care our pictures should last centuries.
The quality you get from
All prints, open & limited
editions are printed on heavyweight 300 gsm fine art, acid free paper using lightfast
(non-fade) inks. Printing is to Fine Art Guild trade standards by one of the UK's leading
fine art printers. Photographic copy from the original painting is by a specialist flat
I oversee all stages of the process -
personally - from original painting to putting your print into its tube and walking to the
post office to send it on its way to you.