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By Thompson Gallery, Apr 20 2017 10:22AM



In an increasingly connected world, we at Thompson Gallery cannot stand still. There are those who think that Technology is sometimes employed within some businesses without adding any real value, but for us the digital platform is an exciting and interesting aspect of life and of communication that opens up all kinds of wonderful opportunities, and looks set to continue to do so in an ever-increasing number of ways.


By Thompson Gallery, Apr 10 2017 03:06PM


It's Monday 10th April and at Thompson Gallery we’ve just enjoyed a fabulous weekend of sunshine and all kinds of outdoor activity. We love how this weather motivates like nothing else on earth. Wendy has been busy finding the inspiration and the key to finishing a new piece of artwork that has taken a year to complete, and this gorgeous weather seems a perfect time for us to launch “Skateboarder”, a new, high-energy picture that reflects a sport and an industry that sees drinks giant RED BULL sponsoring skateboarding events all around the world. So...where did it all start, this wonderful sport that has exploded into our consciousness in recent years? Well, it turns out that it's been around MUCH longer than you might think…...


59 YEARS … AND THEN SOME




The “sport” of skateboarding has seen many changes over the years. Starting out as a way for surfers to keep in shape when there were no waves, it wasn’t long before skateboarding developed it’s own identity. From steel wheels to urethane wheels, loose ball bearings to modern sealed bearings, flat pieces of oak to laminated concave kicked tail and kicked noses, wheelies to heel flips, from the streets to skateparks, local contest to World Cup events, skateboarding has stood the test of almost sixty years of change and is here to stay.


World Cup Skateboarding is a result of the changes. WCS grew out the existence of the once thriving National Skateboard Association. Learning from the mistakes that the Skateboard Industry made during the NSA years, former NSA President and Directors, Don & Danielle Bostick have made a commitment to the skaters in developing and directing skateboard competitions around the globe. Focusing on the professional skateboarder, WCS has grown the pro tour since 1994 from 3 events to over 20 events in the present day that encompass the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil.



Here’s a potted history of the evolution of Skateboarding, now enjoying a huge following around the globe….


1958: The skateboard is made from roller skates attached to a board. This is really where it all starts. As surfing becomes more popular, skating becomes a way to surf when there are no waves—"sidewalk surfing."


1959: "Roller Derby" mass produces a skateboard with metal wheels.


1963-66: Surfboard companies like Makaha and Hobie start making better-quality skateboards with clay wheels and trucks that are made for skating. The first skate contest is put on in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1963.


In 1964, the musical group Jan and Dean appear on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and sing "Sidewalk Surfing." Dean does a few simple tricks and rides the board across the stage.


Around this time, Surfer Magazine puts out a quarterly magazine called Skateboarder. Only four issues are printed. This same year, ABC Wide World of Sports broadcasts the Skateboarding Championships.


1973: With the invention of urethane wheels, new possibilities emerge. What once was a noisy, bumpy ride is now smooth and silent. Banks and ditches become skateable, as these new wheels can grip the concrete. Surfers like Larry Bertlemann inspire a new and radical form of skating, as surfing begins to turn toward a shorter board with more fluid moves. From this point on, skating will never be the same.


1973-75: Fiberglass boards made by surf shops out of fin material become popular with the surf crowd. Companies experiment making skateboard decks, using everything from wood to aluminum. The first full-length skate movie, Spinnin' Wheels, is released.


1976-78: The California drought forces homeowners to drain their pools. Though skaters have been riding swimming pools since the introduction of urethane wheels the previous year, they now view the empty pools as territory to be conquered. New tricks are invented daily—aerials, inverts, and the ollie. Many concrete parks are also being built, and the first professional skaters begin to receive notice. However, many skate parks are forced to close because of low attendance and high insurance rates.


1980s: Street skating turns handrails and walls into free skate parks. Skater-owned companies become more and more common.


1990s: Skateboarding takes a giant step into the mainstream with the 1995 ESPN's Extreme Games, becoming more of a spectator sport. By the late 90s, skating appears in commercials for everything from soft drinks to phone companies. Fashion trends begin to reflect the influence of the skating crowd.


2000: Skating can now be enjoyed by children as young as two, but the majority of skaters range from early teens to twenties. Many cities have built high quality skate parks, and a number of camps and lessons are available to young people. Some families even enjoy skating as a family activity.


Now that you know about the history of skateboarding, maybe it's time to grab yourself a piece of art for your wall at home and simply enjoy the energy that goes with this amazing sport!







By Thompson Gallery, Apr 6 2017 02:50PM

Here at Thompson Gallery we’ve been giving some thought this week to the kind of things that many people, including those lovely folk who already enjoy our art or have bought a piece from us in the past, might appreciate knowing more about.


One of the issues that quite understandably serves to confuse many is one that we find in any industry…..and that is ‘jargon’.




So we thought we’d write a short article that we’ll call here ‘A Guide to Limited Edition Prints vs. Open Edition Prints, a topic that is often the cause of much head-scratching because the whilst the terminology might be clear, the specifics are often the exact opposite.


Art is a visual form that many people will love or hate; it is a fascinating medium that many people can spend hours discussing. Art has always been in demand, and hundreds of years ago one off pieces were highly sought after.


The debate has often been which type of edition of print has been better, the open edition or the limited edition? With the help of our guide the buyer can decide which one they prefer to own.


What are Prints?

Prints are the copy of an artist's work. These were traditionally made using metal plates and inks to copy a painting in exact detail. Then many copies on paper as possible were made until the plates wore out. Thankfully, modern techniques have improved greatly since the first prints were produced and now nearly any artwork can have prints made.



Limited Edition versus Open Edition

The difference between limited edition and open edition prints may seem small but the effect both have on the artist and the value of the print is vast. In the past, limited edition prints were made with lithograph plates on which a certain number of prints were made. The lithographs were then destroyed to make the print truly limited edition. Modern times have allowed print on demand to be widely available and reasonably priced, the debate of which is better is widely discussed by artists and print collectors alike. Deciding which one to buy can be a difficult choice, so the advantages and disadvantages to limited and open edition prints is something we wanted to explore here.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Buying Limited Edition Prints

Buying a Limited edition print may not appear as simple as first perceived, there are several advantages and disadvantages to buying limited edition work as the following table explains:


ADVANTAGES

Limited edition prints are often of very high value as the artist is often involved throughout the whole process. The quality of inks and paper will be higher compared to a large run of open edition prints that have been done quickly.


Limited edition prints hold great value, especially if the artist has signed the piece.


Limited edition prints will also come with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.


Limited edition prints will also sell well on the secondary market in the future as the printers/publishers will only print items that they believe will gain value.


Limited editions are often as good as buying a real piece of art by a famous artist.



DISADVANTAGES

Limited edition prints can be more expensive and some buyers are not interested in buying such prints as a type of investment.



Some limited edition prints maybe difficult to find due to rarity.



Advantages and Disadvantages to Buying Open Edition Prints

Open edition prints offer advantages that limited edition prints have never done.


ADVANTAGES

As the run of prints can be limitless, the price of the print is low so many people can choose to buy wonderful prints of their favourite artists at the fraction of the price of limited edition pieces.



Open editions are available for everyone to purchase and not just for art dealers.


Open editions can be of very high quality due to new printing technology.


Open edition prints can be run on new and old artworks, so older art can be enjoyed by anyone at the fraction of the price



Artists are not capping their income by allowing as many prints to be made as needed.


DISADVANTAGES

The value of the print is much lower than that of a limited edition print due to the chance of there being so many available.


Open edition prints can't be numbered and therefore tracked down by dealers and collectors even it is authentic


There might not be a demand for the prints after a short period.

The buyer will also want to consider some points before buying a limited edition or open edition print:


* Is the buyer interested in having the piece as an investment? If YES then limited edition is the perfect choice.


* Does the buyer want antique or new prints? If wishing for older prints then open edition prints allows the buyer to purchase prints of antique/vintage art.


* Budget? How much is the buyer willing to spend on a print? If the budget is small then open edition prints are perfect for the buyer to purchase.


In conclusion, as we find in an any scenario that is entirely subjective, the world of art is fraught with strong opinions. In the argument between Limited Edition vs. Open Edition prints, beauty truly is in the eye, or perhaps the pocket of the beholder. At least you now know both sides of the equation.


We hope you found this article as thought provoking as we do!




By Thompson Gallery, Apr 6 2017 10:38AM

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