Simon Cattlin AGAvA

Aviation Art, Aerospace Art, Astronomical Art, Abstract Art

Artwork description - FAQ


Original Paintings

Nearly all of my work is in oil using a range of high quality paint brands. Each painting is typically created on a pre-primed cotton canvas varying in size from 30cm x 23cm upto 200cm x 200cm+. I prefer to work on medium-large canvases where possible to create a more panoramic experience. I also work with primed MDF for larger works and I'm starting to produce work on Dibond aluminium composite and Acrylic panels. I work using a range of oil paints thinned using turpentine spirit, linseed oil, liquin and Gamsol/Shellsol, the brushes vary from "2" flatheads down to a "000 round" for fine detail. Each painting is dried for upto 6 months before being fully completed by a coat of varnish to seal and protect the paint. In addition to the artist, most good galleries can assist clients with advice on how best to preserve original paintings and advise on framing options.

I also use acrylic paints for certain styles / design's along with pencil and charcoal.

Paintings are carefully packed for delivery and will be supplied with a personally signed receipt and certificate of authenticity for valuation and insurance purposes. I usually supply work un-framed although I can pre-frame paintings upon request from clients, some original works are pre-framed for exhibition purposes.

Commissions are undertaken based on individual requests and they typically take 1-3 months to complete depending on complexity and the research requirements. Commemorative aviation art commissions, especially those from current or past RAF personnel, are always welcomed.

The artist retains all publishing copyright unless contractually agreed otherwise in advance.

Limited Edition Prints

Prints are currently being offered in seven possible mediums:

Paper - Giclee* digital reproductions on Heritage White 315gsm - it has a full archival specification, it is made from Alpha cellulose woodpulp, acid free, calcium carboante buffered to PH8.5, free of optical brighteners and is lightfast. prints are normally produced at between 65-80% of the original painting image size. Prints are individually titled, numbered and signed by the artist and delivered packaged to the client.                                                                                                                                                            

Canvas - Giclee* digital reproductions directly onto 330gsm 100% cotton canvas at 65-80% of the original painting and stretched onto bespoke rigid MDF frames before individual finishing and varnishing. Each print is personally checked by the artist and the publisher to ensure the highest quality. The print is titled, numbered and signed by the artist then delivered packaged to the client. 

Panel prints - I'm now producing high quality Giclee digital reproduction on a range of modern reproduction surfaces:                                                                                                                              Acrylic sheet                                                                                                                                      Toughened glass                                                                                                                                      Dibond panel

These prints include an MDF back-frame for hanging or "stand-off" mounts ( x4) that screw directly onto the wall.  The print is titled, numbered, signed by the artist and delivered packaged to the client.    

Modern panel prints are becoming a lot more popular as the technology has developed to allow high quality reproductions directly onto a wide range of surfaces. There are numerous fixing and framing options available for the client to choose from.

In addition to my pre-selected options I can also deliver custom order prints on MDF and Aluminium panel bonded onto acrylic sheet.

Lightbox prints - LED Lightbox prints are a new option and are custom produced for a subset of my portfolio, primarily the space and abstract paintings. The print is produced on an acrylic sheet and then mounted into a bespoke frame with an integral LED panel. The price of the completed unit includes the  hanging frame or corner mounts. It is simply mounted on the wall and plugged-in.                        Lightbox editions are available as a custom order, please contact me for pricing and delivery.

I'm delighted to discuss the options, and merits of each, with prospective clients. My standard production portfolio for aviation art prints are paper, canvas and dibond editions, I include the other panel print options for space, skyscape and science fiction paintings. The abstract pieces have a full range of panel prints available.

Giclée Fine Art Printing

Traditionally limited edition prints were produced using lithographic wet ink technology that required a photographic plate being produced and then a full production print run taking place from an approved original (Click here for further information). The core downside is that the initial process is complex and without a careful and expert printer, the finished print might not completely match the full colour's of the original work. The advantages of lithographic prints becomes apparent with large or open edition prints where the individual speed/cost of Giclee printing may be prohibitive.

A Giclee (pronounced ZHEE-CLAY), is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclee's are produced from high resolution digital scans of original artwork. Giclee's are superior to traditional lithography in nearly every way. The colours are brighter, last longer, and are so high-resolution that they are virtually 'continuous tone', rather than tiny dots. The range, or "gamut" of colour for giclee's is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper.

Since giclee printers can use media in rolls, large print sizes are available, limited only by the length and width of the roll.

Lithography uses tiny dots of four colors--cyan, magenta, yellow and black--to fool the eye into seeing various hues and shades. Colors are "created" by printing different size dots of these four colors.

Giclee's use inkjet technology, but far more sophisticated than your desktop printer. The process employs six colors--light cyan, cyan, light magenta, magenta, yellow and black (sometimes TWO blacks)--of lightfast (fade resistant,) pigmented inks and finer, more numerous, replaceable print heads resulting in a wider color gamut, and the ability to use various media to print on. The ink is sprayed onto the page, actually mixing the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.

They are priced midway between original art and regular limited edition lithographs. Giclee prints are a lot more expensive to produce but, it is generally accepted, deliver a better quality piece of art for the client.

Giclee's were originally developed as a proofing system for traditional lithographic printing presses, but it soon became apparent that the presses were having a hard time delivering the quality and brilliant color of the giclee proofs. Giclee's evolved into the new darlings of the art world. They are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because they don't have to be produced in huge quantities with their large layout of capital and storage.

In addition, Giclee's are produced directly from a digital file, (which can be remotely uploaded) saving generations of detail-robbing negatives and printing plates used with traditional litho printing.

My work is reproduced by Adrian, Alex and Amelia at Seneciopress in Banbury, Oxfordshire. I'd like to thank the whole family team for their advice and skill over the years.