Frequently Asked Questions
What is a giclée?
French for "spray of ink," a giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay" or "gee-clay") is a precise and extremely accurate reproduction of a painting that has been printed onto canvas and is virtually indistinguishable from the original. To accomplish this, first a high-resolution digital scan is taken of the original artwork. Then that digital file of the scan is transferred to an extremely accurate large format giclée printer, which sprays tiny pixel-size droplets of different colors (numbering in the millions) onto a canvas. The color and intensity of these giclées will match exactly the original painting's colors and brushstrokes. Finally each of the finished giclée canvases has been inspected, approved, and then signed by Harrison and/or Peter Ellenshaw.
What is a Limited Edition?
Giclées are printed in limited editions. Edition sizes can range anywhere from 20 giclées to 500 giclées. Once all of the giclées in the edition are sold, no additional giclées are made and the original file is destroyed. To ensure that the edition consists of the correct amount, each giclée in the general edition and each proof is signed and numbered consecutively.
What is a proof?
Proofs are designated in three categories: Artists Proofs (AP) are reproductions generated by the publisher for the artist's personal use. Typically five to ten percent of an edition is designated as APs. Publishers Proofs (PP) are generally produced for the publisher’s use and represent a smaller percentage of the edition. Hors d'Commerce Proofs (HC) are produced for various uses including display pieces for dealers and galleries. These days most editions include only APs. The proof giclées are made at the same time as the general edition giclées and hence they look exactly like each of the giclées in the general edition.
Why is there such a range of prices on some internet sites other than Ellenshaw.com?
Unfortunately, there are fraudulent copies of Ellenshaw artwork appearing on various auction sites on the internet. We caution you to be careful when adding to your collection. We highly recommend you purchase your artwork from a reputable source (such as a Disney authorized retailer or Ellenshaw.com.) These fraudulent artwork 'reproductions' are often advertised with a photograph stolen from an official website. However, the pieces are produced in China by another artist and are not authorized in any manner. They are cheap imitations. In addition, they are not limited editions and are not accompanied by a valid certificate of authenticity. Plagiarism and piracy are increasing problems for artists of all mediums and we wanted to warn you against purchasing artwork that is likely to be worthless in the future.
How do I know the giclées on your site are authentic?
Each piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. In addition, each giclée from Ellenshaw.com is re-inspected personally by Harrison Ellenshaw.
A few of the giclées at your website are indicated as 'enhanced'. What does this mean?
On our website any giclée designated as an "enhanced giclée" or "embellished giclée" has been over-painted in select areas by either Peter or Harrison Ellenshaw. Thus, each enhanced or embellished giclée becomes unique and individual. Peter Ellenshaw embellished two editions, Winnnie-the-Pooh - Winter in the Woods and Mary Poppins - Sweeps Dance on the Rooftops of London. Harrison Ellenshaw has embellished Winnie-the-Pooh - Four Seasons Suite, Heavy Weather, Springtime, Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, Desert Pool and Monument Valley.
Can I have a giclée that I purchase at your website embellished/enhanced?
Yes, Harrison Ellenshaw will personally embellish/enhance any giclée purchased through Ellenshaw.com size 24 x 36" or larger for a $425 premium. (Giclées smaller than 24 x 36" cost a $325 premium.) Embellishments add 3-6 weeks to the delivery schedule. Please email us for more details
Are the Disney pieces approved and licensed by the Walt Disney Company?
Yes, each piece with characters from a Disney film must be approved by the Walt Disney Company before the edition can be published.
What is the difference between oil paints and acrylic paints?
Acrylic paints are more environmentally safe than oil paints, which contain large amounts of dangerous toxic chemicals. In addition, acrylic paints are far more flexible, with vastly superior color stability than oils. Over a very short period of time, as little as a few years, oil paints fade, darken, change to a yellowish color and become brittle. Because of this hardening, oils develop undesirable tiny cracks called craquelure which can contribute to the paint separating in varying degrees from the canvas or board. Oil paints need to be stripped of old varnish and revarnished regularly; how often depends on temperature and humidity conditions. Revarnishing is a tedious and expensive process which also releases deadly toxins into the atmosphere. Acrylic paintings, in comparison, require very little maintenance and can be cleaned, if necessary, with just a damp cloth.
Do you offer framing?
No, we find our collectors prefer to select their own frames.
How should I care for my giclée?
Giclées are relatively durable and require little care. If dust accumulates, they can be wiped lightly with a damp cloth. They should not be revarnished. Although the inks on giclées are very stable it is still best to keep your giclée out of direct sunlight.
What is a serigraph?
Also known as "silkscreens," these pieces are created in specialized workshops which use a process that individually isolates each color from an original painting. Anywhere from 35 to 120 different colors might be isolated depending on the range of colors on the painting. Stencils are then created for each color on a nylon or silk screen. Paint matching each individual color is then squeeged through a different hinged stencil (screen) for each color onto high quality acid free rag paper. This process is very labor intensive and time consuming; sometimes taking over a year to complete an entire edition.
How should I care for my serigraph?
Serigraphs are printed on paper and more fragile than giclée canvases. We recommend that you have your serigraph mounted and framed by a reputable framer. UV plexiglass should be used. Serigraphs should not be overall dry or wet mounted and as with all high quality artwork acid free materials are a must.
What is a chiarograph?
The chiarograph (pronounced "keer-ograph") is a fusion of traditional printmaking and the latest digital technology. First, a substrata of white sizing (paint) is applied by hand to black heavy weight paper stock. Then, the image is printed onto this white sizing. The characteristic of the medium is unique because each piece has a unique pattern onto which the image adheres. Thus, no two prints are identical. The beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking and painting.
Do you accept international orders?
We accept international orders from select foreign countries. The cost of shipping outside the continental United States varies, so please contact us for a quote.
Do you offer gift certificates?
We are happy to arrange gift certificates for a special occasion. Please contact us for more information.
How do I add my name to your mailing list?
Use our newsletter form or email us and we will be happy to add you to our emailing and mailing lists. That way we can notify you of new releases and send you our quarterly newsletter concerning Ellenshaw artwork.
How do I contact you?
You may email us directly at info@ellenshaw.com.
Did the Ellenshaws work on all the movies represented in their Disney artwork?
Of the published giclées at our website Peter Ellenshaw worked on Mary Poppins and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. While at Walt Disney Studios he did not work directly on animated features. His Disney artwork with Winnie the Pooh and other Disney characters are an artistic interpretation painted in the very unique Ellenshaw style.
I have seen a credit on some films of "P.S. Ellenshaw." Who is this?
Until 1978, Harrison Ellenshaw took credit on a number of films as "P.S. Ellenshaw" including Star Wars. But eventually he changed his first name to Harrison to avoid any confusion with his father, Peter Ellenshaw.
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