Varnishing oil painting

Preparing for a group exhibition – behind the scenes

September was a very busy month – I was preparing for a group show AVANTGARDE V, which starts today in Florence. Below you can see some snapshots showing the process of preparation.

Varnishing oil painting

First I varnished my two oil paintings (White Horse and Dissection) with a retouch varnish. This kind of varnish is used when a painting is dry-to-touch (but not completely dry, which can take one year or even longer). The coating unified the artwork surface and protected it. I also added a nice depth to the colors.

Division - limited edition giclee print

On the photo above you can see the first printed copy of my digital artwork Division, which will also be displayed on the exhibition. It was printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag – a high quality archival paper made of 100% cotton rag which is age resistant. It has a very nice smooth surface texture. I framed my print with a minimalist black frame.

Promotional materials
I provided a Certificate Of Authenticity for every artwork. I also attached some promotional materials which have been designed by myself.

Right now I’m preparing for my trip to Italy and I’m very excited about it. I leave today and have almost a whole week to enjoy many beautiful Italian places. The final of my trip will be the vernissage at Merlino Gallery on Saturday. If you are in Florence next week, I will be happy to meet you in the gallery! You can read more about the exhibition here.

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