Stevenson Giclee Fine Art Prints
In the 1997 while Charles and I were still working together, we chose a series of paintings to make fine art giclee prints from. Our goal was simple: To make the finest state of the art prints possible.
The paintings were professionally photographed as 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 transparencies, scanned in very high resolution, then we spent several days "cleaning up" the images in Photoshop. When we got the first artists' proofs back from the printers, Old Town Editions we were overjoyed with the quality, richness and incredible detail.
Now, after 12 years, Charles has passed away from making our lives wonderful, but giclee prints are still available through Charles Stevenson's website, williamzacha.com. They can be printed on fine art watercolor paper or on giclee artists' canvas in a variety of sizes. They can't of course be signed by Charles, as they are printed fresh and on demand, but every print will be personally proofed by Matt Leach to the original Stevenson / Leach proofs, and can be signed on request by "Matt Leach of Stevenson / Leach Studio".
The gallery currently has four very large prints in stock (35" x 47", one each of the images depicted here. They are printed in archival inks on archival Somerset Velvet watercolor paper. We would like to offer more giclee prints in the future, in sizes ranging from full sheets (35" x 47") to half sheet and quarter sheet sizes.
Charles sometimes began with an idea of an image, but not always. The process often began with a photo session, sometimes involving costumes, but sometimes with just the subject's streetr clothes. During the photo
sessions, new ideas often evolved from the initial ideas.
Afterward Charles sorted and studied the photos (35 mm slides) to see which pictures inspired him the most. As he did this, he also thought in terms of the multiple layers of images that he was famous for.
Charles would start with the main, strongest image in the composition, and then slowly build the layers. It's amazing the effects Charles achieved painting with this technique. Some of the paintings look almost "Photoshopped", with their multiple semi-transparent overlays, but back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s Charles painted the old fashioned way: with a brush.
Even after Charles started using computers in the 1990s, he only used them as another tool. The real compositions were still done on the canvas.
Here are a few of Charles Stevenson's portraits.
moved there and, even then, they had only recently met. But Dorr told Charles about Mendocino, so he packed what little he had in his old station wagon, and moved to Mendocino. The night that Charles arrived, Dorr introduced him to Bill and Jenny Zacha, who were just starting the Mendocino Art Center. By the time the evening was over, Bill had found a place for Charles to rent, some work, and would represent Charles in Bill's gallery. It must have been quite a day for Charles.
photo by C. G. Blick