The SPORT Gallery Quality
The SPORT Gallery is the exclusive representative of the SPORT Magazine Photographic Archive and has access to thousands of pieces of exceptional, iconic sports photography, the majority of which are unique, a large number of which were originally published in SPORT magazine, and many of which have never before been seen by the general public.
An exclusive selection of prints is available in limited edition series, while many more are offered in open editions. The prints are unlike anything available in the sports memorabilia and wider photographic markets today. Drawn principally from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the images were selected for their artistic qualities as well as their uniqueness and historical significance.
Not only unique in their vibrancy, quality and subject matter, every fine art print in the SPORT Gallery has been created by the internationally acclaimed Giclée printing process using only the highest quality acid-free papers and inks. This attention to detail has resulted in true artwork that is of far superior quality and durability than what is available in the sports memorabilia and collectible marketplace.
Giclée: The Art of printing
Giclée printing is the new darling of the art world. It is coveted by collectors for its longevity and quality, and desired by galleries and artists alike because it intimately insets artisans into the creative process.
Giclée refers to a process of creating hand-crafted, fine-art prints from a digital source using fade-resistant archival inks. Each individually crafted print is a high-resolution, high-fidelity, high tech production. Four precision nozzles spray up to a million microscopic droplets of ink per second on fine art paper or canvas, creating artwork that is lush, velvet like, and alive with the subtle nuances of the art. The ink is sprayed in a way that actually mixes the color on the page to create truer shades and hues.
A significant advantage of Giclée printing is that it allows the artists or printer full control of the printing process. Each print is individually made. Adhering to exacting standards means Giclée art is far superior in quality to Lithographs or to other products that are mass-produced from standard offset or desktop printers. Giclée art provides a much broader range of color, and the colors are brighter, last longer and are of such high resolution that, rather than tiny dots, they are virtually ‘continuous tone.’
Paper, Ink, Matting and Framing
Every fine-art product from the SPORT Gallery is printed on premium 100% Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper or Premier Art Canvas, and printed with UltraChrome K3 pigmented inks for the highest available archival quality. Mounting, matting and framing are also to the highest archival standards. We use ArtCare mountboard and matboard. Tru Vue UV-coated conservation glass and Roma solid poplar frames, all of which meet or exceed museum standards for fade resistance and durability.
Numbering, Titling and Certificate of Authenticity
All limited edition prints from the SPORT Gallery are restricted to a small total edition size. Each piece is hand titled and numbered, carries The SPORT Collection emboss and is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity which sets out the details of the edition as well as bearing a detailed description of the image.