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So who are Paintings of the Caribbean?

Not so much a we, more of an I. My name is Steve Bonner, and Paintings of the Caribbean is my website. You may have noticed a slight bias in favour of my work, above and beyond that of the other artists featured on these pages, well, that's why! My apologies, but it seems only fair under the circumstances.

The principal reason for this site is to showcase and hopefully to sell, my Caribbean paintings, and to sell reproductions of the same. It is not a company, nor properly speaking is it a business (lucky is the artist who can make that boast!), but I am a self-employed professional artist, and as such I have a name and reputation to maintain. I promise that will do my utmost to ensure any dealings you have with me will be handled with professionalism and integrity.

I do not act as an agent for my friends and their paintings, featured on this website, although I will do everything I can to promote their work (work which I love!). I'm afraid I have no idea which of their pieces are sold, and which aren't. Should you wish to contact either Sophi Barnard or Howaida Moussa-Weel, your enquiry will be forwarded to them immediately. Should you not hear from them, which I think is unlikely, it is entirely down to them - I am however happy to forward the enquiry again if you let me know if you haven't had a reply.  

I design, manage and maintain this site myself (it makes a pleasant change from painting!) so if you discover any faults, broken links, etc. please let me know. Likewise, I'm always open to suggestions - so if you have any input regarding my site don’t hesitate to share!  - Steve Bonner. 2010.


To see my own biography on this site click here.   How can you contact me? Contact Page

 

What is a 'Limited' Edition Print?

In the old days the engravers soft metal 'plates', used to make the print, deteriorated quickly. Because of this copies were numbered: the lower the number, the better the quality of the print and the more it was worth. Nowadays, unless the work is reproduced lithographically by the big publishers, most artists make, or have made, digital or Giclée reproductions. Pieces are still numbered, not to indicate deterioration, but to make the run 'finite'. Despite the various sizes of the prints on this website the quantity of the edition relates to the image, not to the size.

How are your Giclée Limited Editions printed?

Giclée literally means 'to spray' and a Giclée printer is, in essence an inkjet, although these machines are unlikely to fit on your average desk-top. Not too many years ago a Giclée printer was at the cutting edge of print technology and represented a massive investment for the print house. These days, as with so much new technology, the prices have come down significantly and a Giclée printer can be found in a print shop in almost every town. My own printer, and yes, I print all my reproductions myself, is an Epson 9800 which I've nicknamed 'The Beast'. (It's six feet long, four feet high, and weighs 200lbs!) I chose the Epson for two reasons. Firstly, the durability of the Ultrachrome K3 inks which will, Epson say, maintain their light-fastness for a hundred years under normal conditions, and secondly, because the Epson handles my vivid blue and turquoise superbly.

My canvas prints are on OBA free, Museum Grade Fine Art canvas, and the paper Limited Editions on the finest archival quality, acid and lignin free,  100% cotton vellum. These are quality products and you are welcome to visit my suppliers website to see what they have to say about their products. Visit my links page.

I don't carry prints in stock. There is little point and it would tie up a great deal of money. When your order comes through I run a copy specifically for you. This is then signed and numbered, and, in the case of the prints on canvas, hand varnished. Within the industry, colour integrity is more or less guaranteed by assigning an 'ICC profile' to the digital master, it doesn't however make any adjustment for the media, which can throw colour integrity considerably. I don't use profiles, and I don't use them because I prefer to use my 'eye' as the defining element. I know the colour of my original painting and I prefer to adjust the 'master', by hand, exactly as I want it. Before I offer my prints for sale I will often take as much as a day at the computer on each image, tweaking first this colour, then another, masking various areas so the changes are confined, and then printing proof after proof, until I'm happy with them. The earlier proofs are destroyed, the final couple I might give to friends, but the last print - the perfect one - becomes the first number of the run, and after that I will only print the number I've specified. Should those all be sold, I shall delete and electronically shred the 'master', after which there will be no more.

What do I get for my money?

Each Limited Edition is supplied rolled in a wide (to reduce unnecessary curl) and strong, sealed cardboard tube. A signed and numbered Certificate is included with each print. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the quality and brilliance of the print I'm sure. The invoice will be attached to the outside of the tube in a document wallet to facilitate 'Customs' assessment where applicable.

What do I have to do before I can hang my print?

Paper prints should be mounted, using archive quality tape and acid free mount-board, and then framed in the usual manner. If the print will be exposed to brighter than normal conditions you might invest in having the framer use UV resistant glass. Canvas prints should be stretched on good quality wooden frames: most picture framers will do this for you and prices are normally between £30 and £80 at todays prices (Spring 2014). As with original paintings atmospheric conditions can, over time attack the back of the canvas. Simply cutting and taping a sheet of brown paper over the back of the stretcher frame will help significantly.

For more information on Limited Editions this Wikipedia link here. might be useful.

Steve Bonner. 2010.

Privacy.

Should you fill in the Contact Form on this web-site it will be mailed directly to me, Steve Bonner. My apologies for the required fields, your name and email-address, but it's the way this particular form works and won't work without them.

You'll note that there is a button on the form that asks if we may contact you. Should you click 'No' that's the end of the story - your comments will be read and your details will be deleted. If you click 'Yes' I will address your enquiry, or the artist whose work you have shown an interest in will, and if it is specifically relevant, you may receive information in the future. I will not pass your name or email address to any third parties, under any circumstances. - SB.

Security.

When you click on either the 'Buy' or 'Cart' buttons you open my account page on the secure Pay Pal server, which will open in a new window. This page will look a little different from the other pages on this website but do not let this concern you. Pay Pal are bankers, they take security very seriously. The email address which heads the Pay Pal page is genuine and may be used to contact me directly. It is also the address which Pay Pal will use to notify me of the transaction.

You do not need, by the way, a Pay Pal account to use their service. Pay Pal also factor Debit and Credit cards as do all other 'Shopping Cart' facilities. Should you read their terms and conditions you will discover they have many consumer safeguards built into their on-line shopping facilities.

If you would like further information, or perhaps to arrange a different payment method, please fill in the contact form. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Steve Bonner. 2010.     

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