Saturday, November 22, 2014

           

 

 !!! Please be advised that I will not be able to process any more orders until DECEMBER 29th !!! You are still welcome to place orders, however it will not be shipped out until after new years

A discussion of fine-art pricing
          Over the years, I have made a concerted effort to keep my art prices as low as I can.  As much as possible, I sell my art by word of mouth, outside of galleries.  This allows me to avoid a 40-60% markup to cover the gallery's cut (Yah, in case you didn't know, usually an artist decides how much they want to earn for their artwork and then the gallery marks it up 40-60% and the consumer pays twice as much as the art was intended to sell for).  I believe that art is extremely important, and for me it is a necessity.  However, I also realize that art is a luxury, and I would prefer for my artwork to hang on admirers' walls instead of my own.  Pricing art is an abstract process muddled by hidden costs and nonlinear methods of creation.  Time delegated to painting, drawing and other media account only for a fragment of an artist's labor, and completed artwork represents a mere fraction of the artistic process. One of the hidden costs is the countless hours artists spend fostering inspiration.  Sometimes this inspiration presents itself with minimal effort - maybe while drinking a cup of coffee.  Conversely, this inspiration can also take a lifetime to realize.  Should an artist be lucky enough to find inspiration, they will undoubtedly encounter creative blocks.  This creative process is unique for each individual artist and for me it changes with each creation.  It is simultaneously exhausting and wonderful and is what ultimately brings life to art.
In conclusion, art is difficult and time consuming.  Be it as it may, in keeping with my goal of making my art more affordable, I am now producing prints of my original artwork.  After much searching, I found a superb printer who does justice to my original artwork with limited edition giclee (zhee-klay) prints.  A giclee print is a high-quality, archival reproduction.  This means that each component of the reproduction process, including the paper, the ink, and the printing, is of the utmost quality.  The combination of exceptional pigment based inks and thick, archival paper produces a print almost indistinguishable from the original.  Furthermore, the archival printing process maintains the quality of the print for hundreds of years - especially if it is framed well.  Each of my prints is hand signed, numbered, and I also include additional unique hand drawn markings on each print. 

About my art
Most of my illustrations are inspired by landscapes that are influential to me both for their beauty and relevance in my own life as a climber. Some of my illustrations are rather literal representations of specific landscapes, while others are more figurative.  As you may have noticed, most of my art is marked with lettering or text.  This style of mine has developed over the years out of my love for book-arts and my own journaling.  At some point I started incorporating these influences into my art, and believe that is represents the propensity for these exquisite landscapes to elicit powerful human emotions.   Sometimes this text is legible while other times it is simply jumbled letters or words with less literal meaning.  Most of the time, it is unimportant what the text says.  Instead, the text is commonly used as conceptual design alluding to a connection to the landscape which  transcends its beauty.  The text is representative of something deeper - a unique, inquisitive human experience.  In this way, I hope to share something different that a beautiful landscape photograph cannot accomplish.  The laborious and sometimes obsessive quality of the lettering and details in my illustrations are synonymous with my own obsessions and yearnings for these wonderful places.  
 How To Purchase
 Please look below each image for options. Immediately below the image is a description of the art: title, size (in inches), and price of originals and prints.  Below that is a tab for choosing the type you're interested in.  Many of the originals are already sold.  If so, it is listed as "SOLD" below the image.  Make sure you choose the correct option depending on your preference for framed or unframed.  Everything is handled through Paypal. After receiving the payment, Paypal notifies me, and I will ship your art.  Due to the time consuming nature of building the frames please allow up to two weeks for shipment and one week for unframed prints.  If you have any questions, please contact me at craigmuderlak@gmail.com.  Please enjoy.
 Frames

 I make my own handmade, finely crafted frames.  They are constructed with poplar wood, with reinforced beautiful splinted joints.  The illustrations are floating behind plexiglass on 1/4 inch foam core, creating a wonderful shadow and contrast.  Smaller prints are listed with a "framed" option for an additional cost. I have chosen not to include a "framed" option for the larger illustrations due to the cost of shipping which can be cost prohibitive.  However, if you are interested in a larger print with a frame, please contact me for pricing.  While I believe that my frames complement my art very well, I understand that framing is expensive - materials and labor add up!  If you purchase an unframed print, I encourage you to find a nice frame!  The print will look much nicer and it will last much longer. Please scroll down to see examples of the frames. 


Red Rock - 22" x 14" (prints $120 / original $300)




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Saturated Snowpatch   - 22" x 14" (prints/ original (SOLD)





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Saturated Needles (The Needles, CA) - 22" x 14"  (prints: $120 / original (SOLD): $275)




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The Valley Saffron (Yosemite) -  22" x 14" (prints / original (SOLD)




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Pingora - 22" x 14" (prints / original(SOLD))




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Luminous Liberty Bell -  22"x14"  (prints: $120 / original : SOLD)





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Rockfellow Group (Cochise) - 22" x 13" (prints: $115 / original (SOLD): $275)




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Saturated Dome - 20" x 13" (prints: $115 / original (SOLD)





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Cirque Dreams  - 20"x 13" (prints $115 / original (SOLD)




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Sapphire Tetons - 22"x14" -(prints: $115 / original: (SOLD) $275)




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Diamond Dreams #1  - 15" x 11.5"  (print:$110  / original:$275(SOLD)




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Saturated Cathedrals - 16.5" x 10.5" (print:$110 / original: SOLD)





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House Range - 22" x 13" (prints: $115 / original: SOLD)




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Dreaming of Patagonia -  22" x 12"  (print:$120 / original:$275 )




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"Wild Iris" (International Climbers' Festival poster - 2014) - 13" x 15" (prints: $100 / original (SOLD): $215




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Cathedral Journal -  11" x 9"  ( print:$85 / original(SOLD)





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Three Patriarchs    -  12" x 9"  (original: SOLD / print:$85)





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The Diamond (2011 Access Fund t-shirt) 14" x 8.5"  (original:SOLD / print:$85)




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Granite Ghosts - 30" x 16" - Pen/ink




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I Am Cholla - 22" x 30" - pen/ink




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Cochise Drones - 22" x 30" - pen/ink. 




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Raven Plummage - 22" x 30" - pen/ink




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