Buyer’s Guide

Buyer’s Guide




Preserving Your Work

I strive to provide artwork that you and your family can appreciate from one generation to the next.

From the creation of the artwork, to framing and shipping, I use archival, acid-free materials to ensure the longevity of your investment.

The information found on this page should provide you with the knowledge you need to fully appreciate your purchase. For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at chris@chrismuhlart.com. Please allow me 24 hours to respond to your inquiry.


Original Artwork

Materials

All original artwork is created using archival, acid-free materials. Pastel and graphite works are coated with Lascaux Fine Art Archival Spray Fixative.

Archival Quality Printing

Printing Method

All of my prints are produced by a fine art giclée printer using archival cotton rag paper and archival ink.

Print Editions and Sizes

Print editions and sizes are listed on the print product page. I generally produce both limited and open edition runs for each original work. I disclose all editions that will be created to ensure that the buyer clearly understands the value of their purchase.

Framing

Proper framing enhances the visual appeal of the artwork, and preserves its value for future generations. Framing is recommended for the conservation of your work.

Custom Framing

I frame original work and some unique prints to complete the visual presentation that I strive to achieve and to immediately protect the artwork. These pieces are sold framed. If you are purchasing a print and would like it framed in the same manner as the original work, I can arrange for a custom order. Please note that framing your print in the same way that I have framed the original artwork will significantly increase the purchase price. The cost of a custom frame, archival linen mat, UV-protective glass/acrylic, acid-free foam core mounting board, frame back, frame backing paper, archival framing materials, framing labor, and shipping, starts around $400 for smaller works. Framing for larger works can exceed $2,000, as large mats, custom frames, and optional accents are expensive to produce, transport, and ship.

For framing questions, and custom orders, please contact me at chris@chrismuhlart.com.

Unpacking your Print

Carefully slide the print out of the tube, but do not pull the print by the end. If you are having the work framed on your own, let the framer remove the work from the tube, as they are experienced in unpacking prints.

Archival Mats

Archival, acid-free mats and backings help preserve the life of your artwork. Acid-free materials have a neutral to basic pH (7 or slight greater). Materials that are not acid-free, may have an acidic pH, and can be a primary culprit in the deterioration of paper and fading of pigments. Archival mats protect your work by adding space in between the acrylic or glass front and the artwork, preventing contact and potential damage. Acid-free backing prevents dirt and dust from entering into the frame.

Certificate of Authenticity

All of my original works and limited edition prints are accompanied by a signed and sequentially numbered certificate of authenticity to maintain the integrity of your work. The authenticity card contains the series title (if applicable), the title of the work, the artwork edition (for prints), the artist’s signature and date of signing, information regarding the materials used to create the work, and the unique certificate number.

CMA Certificate of Authenticity

Caring for your art

Artwork Protection

The best protection for your prints is an archival frame. Keeping prints rolled can damage them over time. If framing the work yourself, ensure that all framing materials are acid-free to prevent deterioration over time. In many cases, Plexiglass is preferred to glass. Plexiglass fronts are durable and stronger than glass, and will not break and damage/destroy the artwork.

Cleaning

To clean the glass of your framed artwork, use a soft, cotton cloth and computer screen cleaner and wipe the front as needed. Make sure you use soft, cotton gloves when handling the print itself and ensure that hands are clean before touching the print directly.

Preservation Tips

Even if your artwork is archivally framed, placement will affect its longevity. Avoid hanging your artwork in places of extreme heat (e.g., on a fireplace mantle above the fireplace), moisture (e.g., near a shower or bathtub), or in areas exposed to smoke or dust (e.g., near a fireplace or beside a window that is often open). Try to avoid placing your artwork in direct sunlight. While UV-protective glass blocks out most ultraviolet light, over long periods of time, the small amount of UV light that does penetrate the glass will decrease the lifespan of the art. Proper artwork placement will preserve your artwork in the decades to come.

Exchanges and Returns

Original Artwork

I do not accept returns on original artwork. Repeated shipping and handling increase the risk of damage. I carefully pack and ship your artwork to ensure that it arrives to you safely.

Please note that I work hard to ensure that all images on my website are displayed accurately, however screen resolutions and brightness may reflect subtle variations from the final printed edition.

Prints

All of my prints are made to order, as such, orders are final sale and non-returnable. I guarantee the quality of my prints, so if your order was shipped with a defect, please contact me promptly at chris@chrismuhlart.com.

Guidelines for Items Damaged During Shipping

Please note that damage during transit can occur, and this is out of my control. I am happy to work with you to immediately resolve any damage that has occured. However, damage in transit is rare.

Please adhere to the following guidelines to ensure a fair and adequate resolution.

All shipped artwork is insured for the total value of the work. If the shipping tube, box, or crate that your artwork is shipped in is damaged upon arrival, you must photograph or video-record the damage before unpacking your artwork. Photographs enable me to confirm the extent of the damage, and ensure that a valid claim can be filed with the shipping company. Photographs, videos, and descriptions strengthen the validity of the claim, and should ensure full reimbursement (claim payment) for the recorded value of the artwork. If your artwork is damaged upon arrival, please promptly email me at chris@chrismuhlart.com.