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"Bouquet" Original Limited Edition Abstract Painting printed on metal by Derek Alvarez. Edition is limited to only 50, which makes these very collectible and much more likely to increase in value. Each print is signed and numbered on the bottom-right corner by the artist. For example, "Derek Alvarez 1/50".
Ships within 5 business days and arrives ready-to-hang with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
48"x36" - This is a large size and is perfect for making a statement in your home. It would look great in your living room, dining room, media room, or even your bedroom.
I created a color scheme for this abstract painting and stuck to it. My wife said it reminded her of a bouquet, so we’re going with that.
I've been creating art since I was 3 years old. One of my drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. I earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. I began selling my oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting my work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. My work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. I offer all this as a preface to what I'm going to tell you next...
Now all my paintings are created using an app, my finger, and digital brushes on my iPad. I don't use Photoshop... I don't press a couple of buttons and magically create a painting... many of my paintings take several hours, and sometimes, several hours a day for weeks... each painting is created by hand, by me... brushstroke by brushstroke.
I started creating art on my iPad in 2012 when my wife and I were living in Saranda, Albania and I had trouble getting traditional art supplies... Every time I needed some more oil paints, I had to take a ferry to Corfu, Greece and hope they had what I needed.
Given these circumstances, I was inspired by one of my favorite artists, David Hockney, to try painting on my iPad. I really took to this method of creativity and haven't looked back. (Below is one of my first attempts at it, a sunset view of Saranda, Albania...)
Several years later, I am still traveling with my wife, except now we have two boys together and I appreciate this method even more because I can draw and paint near my two toddler sons and not have to worry about them breathing in toxic paint fumes.
There are two main reasons I've chosen to print my limited editions on metal, as opposed to something more traditional like paper or even canvas...
- There aren't many artists doing this, so I enjoy being unique in this way.
- The finished product most closely resembles the vibrant colors and glossy richness I see on my iPad while creating my artwork.
Images are not actually printed onto the metal. Special dyes are printed onto a transfer paper and then infused into a polymer coating using pressure and heat.
Because my paintings are infused into and not onto a special coating, the prints have an archival value and durability without the need for a protective glass. In fact, metal prints are not only scratch-resistant, they are also waterproof. This makes them ideal for hanging in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where paper prints would be susceptible to water damage. Displaying without glass has several advantages: viewing images is more intimate, there is no possibility of breaking the glass during shipment or while on display, and glare is reduced.
The Old Masters like Rembrandt built their paintings with many translucent layers of paint. This is why a Rembrandt is like no other painting. The multi-dimensional effect achieved by layering, gave a unique luminosity to their work. The same is true of one of my metal prints. Special dyes are infused into a thick translucent coating. The image is not printed onto the surface, but rather has a depth that in effect glows. People that see a metal print for the first time, often think that the print is backlit.
Because I create my paintings on my iPad, the only way to bring them into material existence is to print them. But these paintings are too special to me to be mass-produced, so I've created this exclusive edition of only 50 in the collection.
By limiting the collection to only 50, this makes my paintings very collectible and more likely to increase in value.
Famous artists like Andy Warhol produced limited editions numbering anywhere from 250 to 2,500 with many selling for six-figures or more. Banksy is another example - his limited edition prints number anywhere from 150 - 1,500 and they regularly fetch high prices -- even though he is still alive.
Furthermore, if you were to buy one of my creations as an original oil painting, for example, the level of attention, detail, and time it would require to complete would make the price upwards of $5,000.
The Finished Product:
My artwork comes to life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal print. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. This makes the artwork very sturdy and also projects off the wall for a very contemporary look.
The wooden frame also includes a hanging wire for easy mounting on your wall (see photo to the right). The artwork ships within 5 business days and arrives "ready to hang" with mounting hooks and nails.
The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of my artwork to produce stunning results.
How Durable is a Metal Print?
- Metal prints are extremely durable.
- They're lightweight.
- They won't bend, and they are water and scratch resistant.
Metal prints will last for generations when displayed indoors and out of direct sunlight. Like most fine art in general, metal prints should not be exposed to direct sunlight. However, they can be hung outdoors if they are out of direct sunlight.
Metal prints have an archival value that is better than the best giclee’s and photographic papers. Rochester Institute of Technology has conducted accelerated aging tests on metal prints and show an archival value of over 150 years.
Plus, metal prints have an additional benefit over other processes in that they are waterproof and have an ultra-hard coating that is virtually scratch proof. The archival value of a print should be judged not only by its resistance to degradation by U.V. light and ozone exposure, but also to moisture and surface damage. When these factors are brought into the equation, metal prints would be, without a doubt, the best way to preserve an image.