A native Californian, Vosburg has pursued a career as a professional artist and as an aerospace engineer. A lifelong interest in art, aviation, aviation history, and the construction of model aircraft has served as the catalyst for his artistic career. Encouraged by his family and friends, Vosburg began producing and marketing limited-edition lithographs of his paintings.
"Shootin' Stars of the 94th" won the People's Choice Award in 1997 at the Horizons of Flight Art Exhibition, an event sponsored by SimuFlight/Flying Magazine. In 1999, "Impressing the Night Shift" became living art in the 1999 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California.
THE GICLEE EDITIONS:
From the French word, ‘gicler’ for spraying and ‘gicleur’ for nozzle, a high resolution continuous-tone reproduction of fine artwork.
A giclee is a museum quality, 6 color ink jet print, directly applied to canvas, of a digitally scanned original oil painting. Long-life, fade resistant archival pigments are used in the printing as well as smooth weave acid free artist canvas. Recently, Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. announced their findings that, using proper care and lighting, giclee prints can retain their image quality for well over 100 years and in some cases 200-300 years. This process is able to reproduce over 90% of the visible color spectrum. This means that giclee printing can achieve colors that most printmakers and commercial litho printers cannot with traditional four color (CMYK, cyan, magenta, yellow, black) inks. The resulting images are so intense and life-like that it’s often difficult to distinguish the copy from the original painting. The artist will enhance the giclees by embellishing them with oil paints to make each piece unique and therefore more valuable.
The Artist/Publisher’s Production Process:
1. The original oil painting is placed on a high density professional scanner and scanned at 300 dpi
(Dots per inch).
2. The scanner produces a 300 mega-byte (300,000,000 bytes) digital computer file that is stored in a computer.
3. A small sized giclee’ proof is printed from the file onto portrait canvas and reviewed by the artist and printer to match it to the original painting.
4. Minor adjustments to the digital image are made to fine tune it to the original and a new proof is printed and reviewed. This process was undertaken 8 times to produce a giclee of “Balboa Rendezvous, 1944” that met the critical standards of the artist.
5. With an acceptable file approved, a full sized (24” x 36”) giclee’ is printed on artist’s archival portrait canvas.
6. The giclee is then sprayed with five to eight coats of fine, clear, ultraviolet ray protection coating.
7. Once dry, the giclee is stretched over the same type of wooden canvas stretchers as used on the original painting.
8. The artist then picks up or has the giclee shipped to his studio for enhancement.
9. The artist enhances each giclee by painting over specific highlights and details in the image to make each a unique piece of art work.
10. The giclee’ is allowed to dry and then two coats of clear Damar oil painting varnish is applied. This seals and protects the surface of the giclee while giving it the look of an original oil painting.
11. The artist signs and numbers each giclee.
12. The giclee is then delivered to the client.
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