About the Artist
Robert Gaines has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He ran a commercial photography business, in Phoenix, AZ for 15 years, classified as an "Assignment" Photography studio. At that studio he shot everything from deodorant rocks to rock bands standing on rocks! No image a client wanted was out of reach, which meant many difficult and interesting projects over the years. But now that Robert has left the commercial world behind he is able to concentrate on the images and styles in which HE is interested.
About the Media
A Gicleé (pronounced zhee-clay) refers to both a category of collectible fine art similar to lithographs and serigraphs, as well as a type of digitally created fine art print. Only prints that adhere to strict printmaking standards can be called a Gicleé.
The word "Gicleé" dates back to 1989 and is a French term roughly meaning "spray or squirt" which refers to the digital printing process. During printing, millions of microscopic droplets of ink per second are applied to the print media.
A Gicleé is a high-end fine art print recognized as "the next best thing to owning the original," or in the case of certain art created by digital artists, each Gicleé IS an "original". Gicleé can be found on display in the world's finest museums and art galleries. Often they can be hard to distinguish from originals.
About the Images
As these images are essentially photographic prints they may be re-printed repeatedly. Therefore there must be a standard for distinguishing a collectible original from a mere print or "copy."
1. Is received directly from the photographer
2. Is hand signed in gold ink (on rare occasions, silver is used instead)
3. Is personally marked with the thumbprint of the artist in ink (on one edge of the canvas print where it is visible but unobtrusive)
4. Is accompanied by a hand filled, signed certificate of authenticity
1. Prints are limited edition by size and content
2. Lower numbers are obtained on a first come first serve basis
3. Artists proofs are numbered and limited to 5-10 images by size and content, first come first serve
4. Matching numbers can be arranged
About Pricing and Sizing of Images
Technology has advanced over the years and some of my images were shot on cameras with lower resolution than I currently use. Therefore, those images are limited in size to smaller images and may not be available in all sizes and media.
Images shot on the older equipment are also priced differently than the more recent images.