Dean Russo on the cover of Independent Retailer!

Jul 21, 2016

Dean Russo wood signs are on the cover of this month’s Independent Retailer Magazine! Inside the magazine there is a full-page ad for the series and a full page article about the signs as well.

Independent Retailer is the leading trade publication for independent retail store-owners.  The magazine is dedicated to business professionals who manage or own a brick & mortar retail establishment as well as to those with an online store. Each monthly issue offers expert advice on wholesale buying and selling as well as in-depth news and feature stories targeted to everyday business needs like new products, merchandise and technology trends, marketing, management and much more.

 

Dean’s images have proven to be successful for product categories of all types. From wall décor, to mugs, to t-shirts to floor mats and everything in between everyone wants a pop of color in their life.

For more information regarding Dean Russo’s licensing portfolio, contact us.  

Posted by: syrenam

Jeff Haynie at this year's CATCON

Jun 13, 2016

Our artist, Jeff Haynie, will be showing and selling his work in person to crazy cat people from around the world at this years “CATCON!”

CatConLA 2016 will take place on June 25th & 26th 2016, celebrating all things cat! This convention is part expo and part symposium. CatConLA showcases some of the world’s top cat merchandise including furniture, art, toys and clothing. You will be able to find Jeff in his booth full of CAT-TASTIC images for you to purchase.

For more info about CATCON, click here.

To see Jeff’s entire licensing portfolio, click here.

Posted by: syrenam

Cora Niele featured in Surround Yourself

Jun 08, 2016

Cora Niele creates ethereal mixed media works like you’ve never seen! With her roots in botanical photography and an eye for mixing photos, she creates pieces of art that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Her unique style has been appreciated and recognized by many personal fans as well as websites and publications.  

She was recently invited to contribute to a Surround Yourself publication. Surround Yourself is a quarterly publication and website designed to stimulate one’s spirit and surroundings with amazing stories, ideas, and advice about art, decor, entertaining and lifestyle. 

In this article, you can learn about how she began her journey as a photographer. The article also gives insight about her inspiration and work. Her current work ranges from atmospheric still lifes in natural light to intricate, technically sophisticated digital fusions, all based on self-shot photographic images. She is inspired by natural, organic shapes. Creating evocative images that distance us from the daily grind, for a moment, is what drives her.

To see her entire portfolio, click here.

Posted by: syrenam

A Visit to Dean Russo's Studio

May 31, 2016

On Monday May 16, Matt snuck out of Surtex, hopped in a cab and headed to Brooklyn. He was off to see our artist, Dean Russo. Dean’s studio is in the iconic Industry City Studios. They were having an open house where visitors were able to tour the studios full of painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, etc. The passionate and diverse tenants are integral components of the ecosystem of Industry City. The artists are able to flourish in a creative and encouraging environment.

After a 20 minute cab ride, Matt stepped out onto the energetic streets of Brooklyn. He walked into the Industry City Studios and was greeted by various artists. He went straight to Dean’s studio so he could get inside the workspace of the creative genius.

Matt got a tour of the colorful space and learned techniques that Dean uses to create his unique masterpieces (trade secrets, of course). Matt says that it was truly amazing to see the paintings come to life, not to mention a sneak peek of what he is working on!

Together, Matt and Dean, bounced ideas around for new images and upcoming licensing projects. You will not believe some of the ideas they cooked up!  You will see lots of these amazing pieces on our website in the near future.

Dean’s bright and colorful images are sure to brighten anyone’s day. To see all of his vibrant images, click here.

 

To license Dean’s images, contact us today! 

Posted by: syrenam

A recap of Surtex 2016

May 19, 2016

Here is a recap of our Surtex 2016 expeirence!

 

Saturday May 14, 2016

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and it was another beautiful day in Vermont. After months of preparation, the time had finally come to leave for SURTEX.  We had worked feverishly on our catalogs and panels and were so ready to share them with the world.

Syrena pulled into ALI Headquarters to find Russ with his hands full of delicious coffee for the trip… she knew right then it was going to be a good trip! Jack Appelman, our CEO, was gracious enough to drive, so we packed up his Suburban and began another ALI family trip! With Captain Jack at the helm, the “kids” had time to unwind before the big weekend, so Russ and Syrena popped in a movie and chilled out. Matt was Jack’s first mate, so he helped to navigate our journey. 

About 4 hours later, we were in the heart of New York City. We pulled into the Javits Center and they permitted us ½ hour to set up our booth. It was all hands on deck, but 37 minutes later our booth was ready to go! We snapped a quick photo and headed out to get some dinner.

 

Sunday May 15, 2016

It was cloudy and chilly, but the energy of the Big Apple was still contagious. The ALI crew was up bright and early and in “show mode.” They got to the Javits Center, chugged a coffee and started the day.  The day began with lots of productive meetings. The team met with their clients (and potential new clients) for the remainder of the show. If there was any down time, Matt and Jack would walk the show looking for common trends and themes.  At 6:00pm when the show was over for the day, the ALI team hopped in a cab and went to meet a customer for dinner. We enjoyed a delicious meal with great company!

Monday May 16, 2016

The weather was warmer, the streets were busier and we knew it would be a big day at the show.  We had back to back meetings scheduled so we got to the show and started our day. We were so excited when some of our artists dropped by the booth. We love getting to see their smiling faces! We enjoyed seeing people color on our adult coloring panel- it was a huge hit! Matt was able to go to see Dean Russo’s studio (there will be a separate blog about that amazing experience). The show came to an end and it was time for another business dinner. Once again, we had a great time and a fabulous meal- thank goodness for all of New York’s options.

Tuesday May 17, 2016

We were all so ready for the day because it was the last day of the show… it was time to head back to our quiet homes! We finished the show strong with lots of productive meetings with artists and clients.  We packed up and started our journey back to Vermont. There were lots of discussions about trends, projects, fresh ideas and customer leads on the way home.  Matt even started his follow up on the car ride! We stopped for a quick bite to eat and then back on the road. We got back to ALI Headquarters and everyone parted ways. We knew we had to get home and rest up for a full day of catch up and follow up on Wednesday. 

We loved being able to see our current customers, artists and new clients at the show. It is very special to be able to finally see a face that goes with the email address we communicate with on a daily basis. After all of our discussions during and after the show, we noticed a lot reoccurring requests.  Here are some of the things people are looking for:  pop art, 2016 pantone colors, mixed patterns, patriotic art, folk art and wildlife.  We had lots of inquiries for a variety of products; including, but not limited to: puzzles, fabric, greeting cards, tabletop and wall décor. Many manufacturers are interested in popping gold or reflective materials (i.e. foils) into their products, so bright colors are still very popular.  We were so surprised that many “traditional” and “conservative” manufactures are starting to spread their wings and were asking about pop art and abstract art.  People are craving the color and happiness that goes along with this look.  Art Licensing has so much amazing work to present, we can fulfill everyone’s requests!

 

 To see the photos that go along with our journey, check out our Surtex album on our Facebook. 

Posted by: syrenam

Color lovers rejoice- colorful art perfect for every product!

Apr 10, 2016

With 2016 being an election year, there has been a lot of negativity in the air, causing a lot of stress in American lives. With political attack ads on TV, political debates and updates on social media and on the news it is incredibly difficult to escape this mayhem during this election season.

One way to combat the negativity is to escape reality and enjoy a bright and colorful piece of art. The bright color trend can be seen on all products- from wall décor, to apparell,  to shower curtains, to puzzles and paint by numbers (and everything in between) … the market is craving cheerfulness.

  

At Art Licensing we have several artists who provide beautiful, colorful art that makes you happy when you see it. With a variety of subjects (like dogs, cats, birds, typography, and abstract) we are able to provide manufactures of all types with the art they need to make your home a happy home!

         

  

      

  

We have all types of vivid color mediums: like HDR photography (Celebrate Life Gallery and Michael Blanchette), adult coloring (Hello Angel), photorealistic animals (William Vanderdasson), semi-photrealistic animals (Jenny Newland), pop art (Dean Russo, Howie Green, Dawgart and Steve Kaufman) as well as the traditional “Neiman style,” like Richard Wallich.

To see more of our colorful art, contact us today! 

Posted by: syrenam

Charlsie Kelly is featured in Basement Magazine!

Nov 12, 2015

Internationally known artist Charlsie Kelly finds inspiration everywhere, and her methods and mediums reflect the diversity of places in which she paints.  The common thread in Charlsie's work is whimsy: from play-on-word idiomatic expressions in watercolor, faux mosaics to trick the eye, and larger than life murals set against an ocean backdrop, Charlsie exhibits a sense of playfulness in everything that she does.

 

Primarily painting vibrant watercolors, Charlsie also works in acrylic, traveling the world painting murals in hotels and private residences as well. Her colorful images have earned her a 6 page spread in this month’s Basement Magazine artist showcase. The feature includes beautiful shots of her work as well as an interview. 

 

Posted by: zenno

Art Licensing Art Department: Behind The Scenes

Nov 02, 2015

Art Licensing is known for representing amazing artists and supplying our customers with high quality images. What many people do not know is all of the behind the scenes work it takes to make these hi-res files. Many of our artists rely on us to make digital files of their masterpieces. 

We are fortunate enough to have an incredibly talented art department. We can take transparencies or slides and scan them to create digital files. After the scan is complete, our imaging specialists correct the color on the digital file to match the original image. 

We also have artists that send us their original paintings (made with various mediums) to our art department to be shot. We have a fantastic Hasselblad camera. This camera can make a very large hi-res file.  This works perfectly for our customers who create large products (like puzzles, flags or wall murals). Like the scans, the photos are also color corrected in house.

Once our art department has made the hi-res files, they repackage the painting (or transparencies/slides) and return it to the artist. We hold the upmost respect for our paintings and treat them with care (like everything we receive from an artist is a Van Gough)! We have been commended by our artists for treating their work with such integrity; here is a testimony from Chuck Black: “I've been dealing with shipping artwork through the mail for over 10 years and I must say that this is the first time that I had one shipped to me exactly how I would like it to be. It was re-packaged precisely how I had packaged it originally and I was very impressed when I opened it! Thank you very much for taking the time to care for my painting properly!!!” 

When an artist works with Art Licensing, they get an entire team of people working for them! Who would ever guess how much work it takes to make a painting into a licensed product! If you are interested in working with us, Contact us!  

Posted by: syrenam

Mark your calendars: Steve Kaufman Exhibition!

Oct 09, 2015

Steve Kaufman was a brilliant and prolific artist and is known for being the former assistant to Andy Warhol. His paintings have found their way into the homes and hearts of so many, capturing the true American pop art experience.

From November 26 – December 18, 2015 Steve’s work will be presented (along with other world famous artists) at an exclusive Pop up Vernissage Dusseldorf exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany. During the exhibition, people will be able to participate in the auction of his original pieces of art.

His art reaches all age groups because of his appreciation of the wide range of subjects he painted; Icons of the past and present. Using the same silk-screening process he learned from his time at the Warhol Factory, he furthered the process  and hand embellished each painting in his editions, making each one unique with exciting and brilliant colors.  Steve always thought outside the box, He painted not only on canvas, but glass, wood, walls, floors, and just about everything.

To see Steve Kaufman’s licensing portfolio, click here.

Posted by: zenno

Susan Barmon is featured in SeeMe Book!

Aug 25, 2015

We are excited to announce that our artist, Susan Barmon, has been selected to be part of the Black and White Collection Book that SeeMe puts out. This book, displays work from photographers representing over 191 different countries around the world!

Susan has been telling stories through photographic portraiture most of her adult life. She says:  “I like the story these little cowboys tell. Their portraits personify the lives they live and the character they are developing. “The Littlest Cowboys” has been a rewarding series. Along with the photographs, I came away from it with lifelong friends and a respect for those, of any age, who pursue the sport… “The Littlest Cowboys, captures a unique slice of Americana---a lifestyle that lives the sport. The children’s rodeo is brimming with a value system we associate with the best of our American heritage: courage, competition, physical stamina, triumph, defeat and sportsmanship.”

Net proceeds from the sales of these books will benefit the Pencils of Promise charity. This organization works to build schools in developing nations. They do not just build a school and move on, they monitor and evaluate the schools after they are constructed. Thus far, every school they’ve opened is fully operational and educating students daily!

If you are interested in licensing Susan’s images, contact us.

To see more of Susan’s photographs, click here.

To learn more about Pencils of Promise, click here

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