Drew Friedman fine art prints

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Irwin Chusid wrote to let me know that he has teamed up with Barbara Economon and Drew Friedman to begin offering Drew's art in the form of high quality prints. Drew is one of our favorite artists so this is great news!

Look at this gorgeous rendition of Tiny Tim, the late ukulele player and respectable historian of early 20th century music.

Launched in June 2009 by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon in collaboration with the artist, DrewFriedman.net is the exclusive source of fine art prints featuring the works of the iconic illustrator. All prints are personally approved and hand-signed by the artist.

Prints are offered as limited editions in archival-quality formats at affordable prices. All prints are priced in the $150-$200 range upon first release. However, as editions sell down, prices for remaining prints will increase.

Drew Friedman fine art prints

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  1. “However, as editions sell down, prices for remaining prints will increase.”

    why?

  2. I just got my Internet account today. I’m new. My nephew received a small transfer from overseas and was generous to provide me with this gift. I think all of us on the Internet should help Art Pictures learn about Internet by allowing to use each of our Internet accounts for a small period and then the use of our accounts will be returned to each of us in turn. My family does this and we learn a lot. Just today, my nephew was able to give me my own Internet account. Give me a moment. We call this bundling.

  3. Ah, Tiny Tim. I met him once when he came into the JCPenney where I was working part-time, looking for a hair dryer. He was with the carnival that was set up in the parking lot. Sad.

    —Jen,

  4. I like art prints, but let’s call this for what it is
    A very expensive ink-jet print.

    Dig through the marketing hype and the specs spell it out: “our editions are produced on an Epson 3800Pro large format printer using Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Ink Technology”

    I’m sorry, but $100 max for a print like this.

    Litho or screen? Yes, $150-$200.

    Sorry, but investing money—and $100 or more is an investment for average folks—in an oversized print is dubious.

    And this comes from someone who has purchased art recently from artists who do sell screened or litho’ed prints.

  5. 1) “Anonymous” asks why prices for remaining prints will increase as the edition sells down.

    Answer: supply and demand. If these editions sell out, they will (as stated) not be offered in any other fine art format.

    2) Jack says: “let’s call this for what it is
. A very expensive ink-jet print.”

    Yes, it is an ink-jet print, made with archival-quality inks ($500+ for a set of cartridges) and archival-quality paper by Hahnemuehle (who have been in business since 1584). I take issue with the “very expensive” allegation, but that’s merely a difference of opinion. We offer these prints at what we consider a reasonable price, taking into account the cost of the printmaking equipment, materials, and labor, and the value of craftsmanship, provenance, and scarcity. Longer-term, the market will determine value.

    If you think you can do this at home, be our guest. All you need is:

    a) the original art to replicate and color-match against;
    b) Drew Friedman’s authorization to replicate and sell his artwork;
    c) a lot of (very expensive) equipment to produce a high-quality oversized edition;
    d) 20+ years experience as a professional digital technician with perfectionist impulses (per our printmaker Barbara Economon).

    Make sure to forge Drew’s signature correctly.

    Jack adds: “I’m sorry, but $100 max for a print like this.”

    We appreciate Jack offering to set our catalog prices for us. We are understaffed and could use some administrative assistance. We can offer him minimum wage.

    Snarkiness aside, fans of Drew’s work are free to make up their own minds about whether they think an oversized, signed ltd ed fine art print is worth $175+. If they think Jack has a point, there is no compulsion to purchase. They can buy an archival-quality signed DF print elsewhere for less — only they won’t find one.

    Barbara and I have been producing and marketing Jim Flora fine art prints in these formats for over two years. We have sold hundreds of such prints at higher prices and have yet to receive a single complaint. We stand behind our work, our prints, and our prices. We are longtime fans of Drew’s art and are honored that he has consented to allow us to become the first entrepreneurs to offer his work in exclusive, signed ltd editions. We were surprised that no one had previously attempted such an undertaking. I can’t wait to see what Drew does with Ernie Kovacs and Betty Hutton.

  6. @#6 POSTED BY IRWIN CHUSID:
    I never said one could simply print this on their own. Straw man argument at best.

    We appreciate Jack offering to set our catalog prices for us. We are understaffed and could use some administrative assistance. We can offer him minimum wage.

    This is utterly obnoxious coming from the owner of a shop that is being promoted in this post.

    I’m sorry Irwin if people calling this an inkjet print upsets you, but the market for “Giclee” prints and the like is still fairly small. I have seen the results and while impressive in details, I cannot fathom paying more than $100 for one. And I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Just go to any major museum that sells prepackaged prints of art and wait a bit. At some point someone goes “Why should I pay for that?” It’s a fairly common issue surrounding this printing technique and public acceptance.

    There’s simply something non-plussed about paying a lot of money for something that is using technology that is ultimately based on consumer-level tech… No matter how high-tech it might seem…

    I am intrigued at the fact you didn’t acknowledge my comment about silkscreen and litho prints. There is a good reason prints made with those reproduction techniques retain value and are sought.

    We have sold hundreds of such prints at higher prices and have yet to receive a single complaint.

    If that’s the case your screed here is baffling. If I’m some wingnut who just doesn’t know what he’s talking about, why should that affect or upset someone with a self proclaimed working business model?

    I tend to think that you have had to face such criticism in the past since the adjective filled wordiness of the description of the printing technique reflects a lack of confidence in what is being made and what is being sold.

    If you’re selling a lithograph, you call it a lithograph… And that’s it.
    If you’re selling a silkscreen, you call it a silkscreen… And that’s it.
    If you’re selling a photo print, you call it a photo print… And that’s it.

    But if you’re selling an inkjet print (no matter how expensive the inks/printer might be) and you have to “sell” it by avoiding the topic and writing tons of barely coherent sales copy, there is an inherent issue there.

  7. That’s a pretty dramatic argument on behalf of a completely arbitrary number. They’re printed in extremely small quantity and signed by the artist. They’ll likely be snatched up quickly and you won’t have to worry about being forced to buy one.

  8. This print is pretty amazing – it manages to depict several sides of Tiny Tim in just one expression, like Edgar Rubin’s vase/face optical illusion – and I don’t think $100 is so very expensive for an artist print, no matter what the technology. What I can’t understand is why anyone would want that on their wall. Too creepy (and I’m a Tiny Tim fan).

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