One cannot appreciate this painting on a computer screen; in real life, it is absolutely amazing. Because you cannot appreciate it on a computer screen, our gallery has a unique policy. When purchasing from us, the buyer has sixty days to determine if they want to keep the artwork. If not, the buyer returns the piece to us for full refund, and we pay the shipping both ways!
A collector should consider several factors when deciding from whom to purchase artwork online.
Check the location of the seller. When one buys from a foreign seller, one also has to consider the problems of getting the piece through Customs. There are often delays and considerable fees to pay in order to import the item. When purchasing from us, we ship the same day and you receive it via FedEx the next day, no problems or hassles.
When one purchases from an auction house, one pays a buyer’s premium of anywhere from 23% to 28% over the “hammer price”. So when one “wins” an auction for $20,000, the actual price paid is more like $25,000. By contrast, when purchasing from us, the price agreed to is the price paid by the buyer, no hidden fees.
Secondly, when one purchases from an auction house, the buyer pays the packing and shipping fee, which are usually exorbitant. By contrast, when purchasing from us, the price includes packing and shipping.
Thirdly, when one purchases from an auction house, the sale is final. If one receives the piece and is not 100% satisfied with it, there is nothing the buyer can do about it. They are stuck with it. By contrast, when purchasing from us, the buyer has sixty days to determine if they want to keep it. If not, the buyer returns to piece to us for full refund, and we pay the shipping both ways.
It is widely known that most fine art collectors are avid readers and lovers of books. For decades, this love has been portrayed in oil by the great photorealist J. Scott Nicol. Nicol paints oil paintings of shelves of books that look so realistic, the viewer assumes he or she is looking at a photograph. Only when one gets a few inches from the piece does one realize that they are viewing an oil painting.
Lone Ranger by J Scott Nicol, America’s Premier Painter of Books
“My passion for art began in High School. In 1979, I graduated from Rutgers University with a Fine Art degree in Photography and Painting. For the next 28 years, I was a successful commercial artist in print, video, graphics and textile design.
At age 50, I rediscovered my passion for fine art painting. I was selected by The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to create a series of paintings to commemorate their “First Performances.”
From the success at The Kennedy Center, I focused on Broadway, another love of mine, and created a series of paintings using books, objects and sheet music, to commemorate the top Broadway musicals of all time. I worked closely with the Broadway community incorporating props and playbills from the actual shows in each oil painting.
The books used in the Broadway paintings inspired my next series incorporating books on a shelf. Classic first edition books as well as invented Pop culture book spines are realistically painted, incorporating trompe l’oeil rips and tears.”
Each of his paintings in the series is thematic. Much like a bookstore or library organizes its books into categories; Scott creates his book paintings into themes based on Popular Culture organized by years such as “1969,” Art History as seen in “Pop Art” and “Art Deco,” Biography themes like “Tormented Genius” and Travel themes organized by city shown in “New York, New York.”
Please do not hesitate to ask us questions. We love talking about these pieces!