What is hand embellishing?
Hand embellishing entails Louis personally reinvigorating the artwork by picking out singular details from the original with reflective pearlescent and gold detailing. This is the same detailing that goes into the original Oil On Canvas works. Hand embellishing your artwork captures the evening and daylight in your home or workplace in ever shifting and uplifting ways.
What are Giclee Prints?
The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclee, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability. Our Giclée prints are created using an Epson 9880 with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, which with the 8 channel print head is capable of producing an extremely wide tonal range and colour gamut. The Giclée printing process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas. The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring fidelity to the original. Giclée prints are printed on a variety of substrates or mediums, the most common being cotton rag, canvas or Baryta paper. We only use genuine artist papers. Cotton rag or ‘watercolour’ Giclée paper has been popular for many years of Giclée printing.
What are Museum quality, Archival quality Papers?
Hahnemühle is recognised as the originator of fine art inkjet printing papers and as such is regarded as the worldwide market leader having previously produced traditional artists papers since 1584. The surface variety, the impressive feel of our mould-made and cotton paper as well as their conservational properties have won international TIPA, BIPP and American Photo awards.
What are Limited Edition Canvas Prints?
The Canvas Prints are ready to hang with no framing required. They are of a truly exceptional quality, and many owners comment on how close they are to owning an original. They arrive packed in a sturdy and highly protective hard board box.
The Giclee prints are printed on exceptionally high quality photorag to ensure light endurance for many many decades to come. These are carefully signed and rolled, and sent to you in very sturdy tube. The Edition Number is limited to 95, worldwide making this a highly exclusive and sought after artwork.
What are mini originals?
New artwork ideas come to me in a flash of inspiration. Often I have to capture these little gems in a first initial hit of frenzied creativity. These smaller pieces capture the freshness and vitality of that first moment when lightning strikes.
These unique originals are created in oil pastel and acrylic on paper, and make superb little wall fillers in your office or home. They can fit into those little nooks and crannies to capture your mind and your heart, and put a spring in your step.
They come mounted in acid free board, ready for you to frame according to your desires.
What are mini prints?
The unsigned mini prints are produced on a similar high quality paper, and are a great way to fill smaller spaces in your home or workplace.
How will my artwork be shipped?
Canvas Prints arrive in a sturdy hardboard box. They are very well protected. Giclee prints arrive in a hardboard roll. Mini prints and originals arrive in a card envelope, fully protected.
How long will it take to arrive?
Where there is hand embellishing involved, delivery can take 4 to 6 weeks. While we aim for a quicker delivery, Louis travels the world painting, speaking and presenting. If your order requires hand embellishment, (and its only ever done by the man himself) we will ensure that this is completed and shipped to you as quickly as possible.
Cancellation of order: After placing an order you have 24hours to change your mind. To request a refund please email firstname.lastname@example.org Once payment has been received from the online transaction the printers will set to work and from that point a refund is not available.
Returns: As all work is produced against a specific order and is specialised for that returns are not accepted.
What is an Original - and how long does it take to paint an original?
I often get asked "How long does it take you to paint an original?"
The simple answer is "All my life!"
These oil on canvas paintings are the culmination of a decades of work. That works includes both mastery of oil painting techniques, and mastering of the energy and information that I turn into artwork. This learning will never cease. The more I learn about how my art moves people, the more I evolve as an artist.
Original Oil on Canvas artwork is built upon many washes of colour, textures and oriental papers to obtain a delicate textured surface that feels vibrant, alive and unique. These are finished with thin and dense layers of oil paint on canvas to reflect a beautiful luminosity into your living or work space.
How is Louis' Artwork valued?
Pricing Original Oil On Canvas work over the years has been based on three main factors. The first is by size and intricacy. The larger and more intricate a piece is, the longer it takes to create. The second is the value transmitted to the viewer. If the the artwork truly does its intentional job.. to light you up from the inside out, then the short answer to the value to you is "priceless". And the third element is the confidence and evolution of the artist, both in consciousness, mastery, and technique.
The graph below gives you some indication of how Louis' artwork has increased in value since 2003 (when he began painting full time) to 2017. These prices are largely based on commissioned originals, (known as SoulScapes) but give a clear indication of how collectors world-wide have valued his work.
Value has also been greatly created by having artwork auctioned at the Caudwell Butterfly Ball for £120,000, and by his international guest artist residency at Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels.
A recent collector who bought a piece in 2018 was thrilled when they realised that the replacement value of apiece they had bought in 2008 for £850 was now in the region of £6500.
How should I pick an original?
I have been thrilled to have my paintings described this way:
“Astonishing abstract paintings that sing the infinite songs of Spirit manifesting on the radiant cusp of form and formlessness. The painting technique is sophisticated, replete with complex weaves of staining the canvas, thin washes, thicker brushwork, and impassioned impasto, such that the worked materials are a symphony in their own right.” Michael Schwarz – Integral Art Gallery
I deliberately create art in such way that you partake in the experience that the surface of the painting transmits. In this way, you will find yourself in the piece that is right for you. One of them will speak to you more than the others. Maybe its yours!
What is the Alchemy Collection?
The Alchemy collection answers the questions: "When are you in your element?"
The Alchemy Collection explores how we embody unique qualities of energy in nature. These paintings are the culmination of over fifteen years of SoulScaping. Through this time I have noticed a number of patterns being shared in my consultations. These unique signatures form the energetic basis of these artworks.
"Alchemy" is the ancient pursuit of combining elements to miraculously create gold. When these energy patterns combine, in the form of relationships, something new, fresh and alive emerges.
As you look at each work of art, consider - How do they make you feel? What do you see? What do they inspire in you? What do they say about your relationships? Which one engages or challenges you the most?
Let me know what you experience!
What is the Soul Art Collection?
"Life doesn't stand still. Neither should your art.”
Life can be summed up in the amount of precious moments you create and collect. Whether its a new beginning, a wedding, a birth, a house move, a milestone or an anniversary to celebrate. Each of these pieces artworks captures a single, irreplaceable moment in the experience of your life. Whether its a kiss, a moment in nature that makes you feel alive, or an unforgettable touch, these pieces were created for you.
I am committed to creating a body of work that indelibly captures these precious moments, and writes them deep into our hearts. This art is created to get under your skin, and permeate your soul.
Things change. Children grow up and move on, relationships evolve. You grow. Life happens. Its not always easy. Sometimes, a painting just lets you know... "I get it. I get you."
I don't take this responsibility lightly. But I do hope these artworks light a fire in you. You may decide to own one of the originals, rent one for a time, or own a collection of limited edition prints. Over time, your collection will grow with you, as your life evolves.
As you look at each work of art, consider - How do they make you feel? What do you see? What do they inspire in you? Let me know what you experience.