Director of Production & Development Valuation & Edition Information
All Lassens have hand highlights in acrylic paint. The embellishments are painted on by his artisan that he personally trained. She has also done Lassen’s framing for 25 years, printing for 13 years & has handled the customer service on his website since 2010. The website prices include his standard older frames. The new frames that Concept International Framing makes are by hand and are very different, and more difficult, to make. All solid hardwoods, walnut, maple, and KOA are used in the construction of the frames all designed by them.
Most printers have signing machines for convenience since the artist is rarely around to sign the art before it is shipped to the buyer.
CE Connoisseur has extensive highlights and 1 diamond
GL Gallery Lassen can include 2 diamonds
CRL Christian Riese Lassen
EA Epreuves D’ Artiste can include 4-5 diamonds
AP Artist Proof and include 4-5 diamonds
SN signed and numbered never has the SN on the actual piece of art, just the number
AV Artistic Variation can be an off size outside the edition regular sizes
Unique is an open edition with hand-painted highlights, may include gold leaf, remarque or 10 diamonds
AQUA PRINT: The printing process is done using six to eight high fidelity quality color separation with Diamond Screen, which is the best available technology producing bright, intense color rendition. A thermograph process where plastic pebbles are melted and fused permanently to the surface of the print applies the texture. This process is resistant to scratching, peeling, or cracking. Paper used is 100% cotton fiber Rageoat, acid-free to Library of Congress standards. The ink film remains undisturbed on the sheet surface and is protected by a UV reflective high gloss coating for maximum protection.
ARTAGRAPH: The artagraph is dimensional oil on canvas, which recreates not only the color of the original but also the surface texture in every detail. First, a digital laser scans the colors of the original. The colors are printed overlapping layers using oil-based inks on oil substrate (oil base). Second, the relief-molding process is taken from the surface of the original by using a patented silicone gel substance. After capturing every surface detail, 72 hours later, the mold is removed. In the third stage, the negative mold, the printed oil-based substrate, and the laminated canvas are all placed into an oven press and heated (600° F) under high pressure, causing the oil to liquefy into all crevices on the mold. Immediately, the artagraph is shock frozen with liquid nitrogen, leaving permanent surface texture.
CANVAS TRANSFER: Canvas transfers have been recognized over the past decade as an elegant alternative to glass-framed lithograph images. Canvas transfers give the look and texture of an original oil painting to paper art by simply transferring color onto an artist canvas. First, a lithograph on paper is coated with an acrylic emulsion containing the highest recommended amount of UV inhibitors. Then when the acrylic is dry, the print is covered with a solution that helps to separate the image from the paper it was printed on. The image is now bonded to the acrylic and free of paper. This film is then carefully bonded to the highest quality wrap-around artist canvas. Finally, the image undergoes a series of rigorous inspections that ensure our work is of superior quality. The result is a beautifully unique reproduction that maintains the integrity of the lithograph while increasing its appeal and value.
ETCHINGS: The image has been etched into a copper plate, ink is then applied 'to the plate. Dampened Fabrianno Uno paper is then laid onto the plate and under extremely High pressure from an etching press; etching felt is used to force the paper into the ink in the copper plate. These images are all Hand printed and may vary slightly from print to print.
IRIS: May be either on Somerset paper or canvas. Produced from the color transparency made from the original. The environmentally safe vegetable dye ink (water-based) is applied by microscopic spray from four nozzles (each carrying a different color) in a single pass with perfect registration. The paper or canvas is attached to a drum, which spins at 2Q feet per second, and translucent inks are laid down on top of each other. The effect is fine detail and excellent color. The Louvre uses the Iris Printer for reproduction and display of many artworks.
LASSENGRAPH: Lassengraphs are similar to Mastergraphs in final product appearance, however, Mastergraphs start as a photographic reproduction, Lassengraphs are digital image capturing which generates prints with six colors of pigmented ink, mounted on Sintra and laminated.
LITHOGRAPH: The image is drawn on a litho - limestone or exposed to a light-sensitive litho plate. The printing surface is kept wet with a sponge; the ink is then rolled by hand onto the plate or stone. Fabrianno, a 300 gm weight rag paper, is laid onto the stone and through a litho press. The colors are Hand-pulled, resulting in variation of tone from print to print.
MASTERGRAPH: Also known as Chromagraph, mastergraph prints are made from durable polyester-based material. They possess a high gloss finish and yield maximum color saturation while minimizing contrast gain. Mastergaphs are produced with 'the most advanced photographic process available to date. This process increases print longevity and is environmentally safer than other methods. Mastergraph prints are mounted to a plastic material referred to as Sintra with an acid-free permanent adhesive. The print, adhesive, and Sintra material described represent some of 'the finest materials available for producing museum-quality photographic reproductions. Further information can be found in the publication, "The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs by Henry Wilhelm.
MIXED MEDIA: Combination of offset lithography and silkscreen process. A lithographic reproduction is made photographing a painting using color transparency and then printing by mechanical photographic offset method on the highest quality pH balanced paper. Next, the silk-screening process by which clear inks are squeezed through the open areas in stretched silk. A certain design (water, clouds, rocks) is cut into a stencil that is on top of the screen. This combination is producing a slightly textured appearance. Each print is made exactly alike.
PIGMENTED INK: A digital application of pigmented ink on canvas or Lysonic paper. Using elemental artist pigments (pure color found in nature) and a combination of vehicles (not oil) through a six-color process using inkjet technology on a Roland printer. The artist pigments are noted for archival longevity (100 years) regardless of the substrate used.
SERIGRAPHY: Hand drawn positives are produced for each color by a master printer. A separate screen is then produced for each positive, resulting in several different screens.
REACTIVE INK: Asahi Digital Print, Japan, our' exclusive printer for our reactive ink on silk product, explains to us (while protecting their trade secrets) that the reactive ink used is specially formulated for silk, and is applied in a digital (RGM) manner, using inkjet technology on crepe silk fabric.
DA VINCI CRYSTALS: Digital image captures that generate prints on metallic high gloss photographic paper using a 12 color, archival, pigment ink process, mounted on PVC with a permanent acid-free adhesive, and then laminated. They possess a high gloss, scratch-resistant finish and yield maximum color saturation while minimizing contrast gain. The print, adhesive, laminate, and PVC material described, represent some of the finest materials available for producing museum-quality fine art reproductions.