How do we create art for the largest art gallery on the planet? Right here in our studio. This creative haven is where our artists create and recreate masterpieces every day.
Below you can see our studio, learn about our commitment to customer service, and even have an artist walk you step-by-step through our process. Since every painting starts with a blank canvas and is hand painted, it’s quite complicated. But the result is a masterpiece that you can proudly display anywhere. Go ahead and take a stroll through this creative area.
The studio at 1st Art Gallery features more that 14,000 square feet of open space where our artists work together to create and recreate masterpieces. This allows us to maintain our high quality control standards. Also, since our customer service group and shipping department are located on the same floor, this guarantees open communication between you and your artist.
Real Oil, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Every masterpiece created by our artists is hand painted using the finest materials available. This ensures the longevity and preservative quality of your painting.
Our artists choose to use Blockx Artist Oil Colors. Five generations of chemists in the Blockx family have been working since 1865 to perfect the Blockx Oil Colors.
Today, Jacques Blockx IV and his daughter Catherine Blockx (Generation V) carry on this great tradition. Their workshop in Belgium resembles a winemaker’s chateau more than a modern industrial factory. Together, they produce color in the tradition of the Flemish masters.
Our artists use superior quality, medium-weight, 7 oz, 100% cotton duck canvas for more delicate works or a 10 oz, 100% cotton canvas that is coated with acid-free titanium gesso for heavier paint applications.
One of our artists describes the process of creating a 1st Art Gallery masterpiece:
Hi, my name is Tom. For more than 30 years I’ve painted in a variety of styles. Today, I lend my skills to 1st Art Gallery and right now I’m going to show you how we go from a blank canvas to a finished masterpiece.
All great paintings start with a sketch. That’s why when we begin a painting, we use charcoal or pencils to sketch the rough shapes and figures onto the canvas. This gives us an opportunity to focus on composition in the painting.
Starting with the larger brushes, we begin to apply paint to the canvas. Following the charcoal outline, we paint the basic shapes and colors, keeping the edges soft. We’ll paint the background, fill in the main subjects and not worry about small details. If you saw the painting at this stage, you may not recognize it.
This is where we begin building forms of objects and play with color relationships. We paint in light and dark values of colors, building up or reducing the hue intensity to create depth. After each stage the paint needs to dry before we can move forward.
Here, we’ll focus on the techniques or effects that the original artist used. By using different brush sizes and types, by utilizing different painting techniques, or by just using more or less paint on the brush, we can add the textures, character and unique features of the original painting. By knowing how to recreate an artist’s signature style our own skills and creativity get a chance to shine.
By deftly adding color or shading to the painting, we can make sure that each object in the painting has the prominence that the original artist intended. We focus on color density, shadows, background and other elements of the painting.
After we’ve finished the painting, we aren’t done. Now, we’ll bring a few of our master painters, with more than 15 years of experience, into the studio to offer opinions. We can also email a photo of the painting to the customer and make any changes they request. Then, our most senior artist examines the painting. Only upon his final approval is the painting moved to our shipping department.
We only use courier companies such as UPS, FedEx and DHL for all deliveries as they are the safest and fastest shipping method. All shipments are insured and are hand delivered to the shipping address you provide.
Once your order has been dispatched, we’ll email you a tracking number so you can track your order. Shipping usually takes 3 days or less.
Your painting is fragile and the best way to keep is clean is to dust it with a light brush. Do not clean it with a moist rag or any cleaning products. It’s also best not to touch the artwork’s surface with your fingers as the acid and oils from your fingers greatly affect the longevity of the painting. If you order a textured painting, the paint will be brittle so be careful not to touch the artwork’s surface or lean anything against it.
When handling the painting it is best to hold by the hanger itself or by the mounting surface or frame. When moving your paintings around, hold them by their edges & store them vertically against something so that the back of the artwork takes the weight, with the bottom of the artwork rested on a towel or folded sheet to prevent damage or chipping to the mount, frame or painting surface in the event it is an unframed piece.