Hotels Are Becoming Fine Art Spaces — But Where Do They Buy Their Art?

Queen Elizabeth sits serenely with eyes closed in a giant photograph — perhaps meant to lull viewers to sleep. Her portrait is not on display in a museum, rather, she hangs in the lobby of London’s Churchill Hyatt Regency, part of a growing trend of hotels that are using artwork to create a unique and memorable experience for their guests. But where do hotels buy their art?

Whether a Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott, these franchises must all meet branding specifications set by a parent company. Art selection, on the other hand, is usually determined by an architect or interior design team hired by the hotel owner. There are also Boutique Hospitality Art Consultants who negotiate with working artists to create custom art packages for hotels.

Art consultancies will often locate artwork from local artists through area art galleries for global placement in luxury hotels around the world. One way for local art galleries to stay informed is to partner with the American Society of Interior Designers Association. This partnership helps galleries get an inside track on current and upcoming interior design projects.

Sometimes these design projects require high-volume and quick turnaround and that’s where digital print technology comes in. Galleries and designers look for quality substrates such as Fredrix Canvas to reproduce museum quality work for their guestroom art pieces. Artists know they can trust their work to Fredrix because of their 150-year-old legacy of making fine canvas products in the U.S.

Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas – is an 18-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. This water-resistant canvas is the smoothest of the Fredrix aqueous canvas line, making it the perfect choice for highly detailed, photographic, decorative gallery wraps on canvas.

Fredrix 901RG Regent Glossy Canvas – Fredrix 901RG Regent Gloss Canvas is a 19-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave that renders an expansive color gamut and incredible Dmax. This canvas is the perfect choice for fine art or decorative gallery wraps that require a glossy finish and dries instantly using dye or pigment inks.

For more information on Fredrix Canvas offerings, call 800-453-9538 to speak with a LexJet sales representative or visit lexjet.com to purchase Fredrix Canvas today – available exclusively through LexJet.

Celebrate Fredrix’s 150th Anniversary with 15% Off

Fredrix has been making top-of-the-line art and print canvas for 150 years, and we’re celebrating with 15% off* four favorites:  Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas, Fredrix Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas, Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas and Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV through May 30. These products are available only through LexJet.

Fredrix has been the premier manufacturer of fine quality canvas for printing and painting since 1868. With 150 years of experience, Fredrix brings a vast understanding of canvas manufacturing, has stringent specifications and offers a wide range of canvas products including:

  • Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas, a bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Compatible with aqueous inks, its expansive color gamut and incredible Dmax make it the perfect choice for fine art or decorative gallery wraps that require a smooth yet subtle texture.
  • Fredrix Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas, a poly/cotton blend canvas with a 2-over-1 weave.  It is specially engineered to create beautiful, acid-free prints with the latest solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, providing a wide color gamut and a consistent, subtle texture.
  • Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas, a OBA-free, poly/cotton blend canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Easy to work with for stretching, mounting and framing while providing printers a subtly textured canvas that is compatible with aqueous inks.
  • Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV, a bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. Compatible with solvent, low-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks, this canvas is ideal for decor, fine art and photo reproductions.
Stock up on these popular canvases now and get 15% off*! Offer ends May 30.
To order online, click the product links above or contact your LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

*15% discount is off of MSRP; pricing at LexJet.com reflects discount; while supplies last; some restrictions apply

Printer Challenge: Reproduce the 30-foot Painting, African Menagerie

Last fall, Christopher Glassman, general partner at Casual Graphics in Hays, Kan., got a call to reproduce an enormous painting by Brian Jarvi titled “African Menagerie.” The painting, which captures 210 species living in Africa now, was 17 years in the making. It’s been part of a traveling exhibit and Jarvi wanted a more manageable version for smaller venues, as well as prints for reproductions, books and other uses that might come up.

“Chris is the consummate professional,” Jarvi says. “We were very fortunate to have somebody right there who was so skilled. The reproduction is probably superior to anything we’ve had done prior, and with that said, the Menagerie was probably the greatest challenge, as well.”

Order Now: All the Canvas Options You’re Looking For

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Download The Colorful World of Canvas to discover LexJet’s full line of canvas options to kick off your new year with everything you need to ramp up your canvas printing business.

In our portfolio of LexJet Sunset and Sunset by Fredrix canvases, you’ll find a variety of finishes and textures that are in stock and ready to ship. LexJet is also the exclusive source for Fredrix canvases within the United States.

Our canvas choices include many archival-quality options that include features like: OBA-free, acid-free and pH-neutral. Here are just a few of the canvases you’ll find for high-volume, reliable production of fine art, photographic and commercial graphics:

We have even more canvas options for aqueous, latex, solvent or UV ink, and you’ll find a canvas that’s right for your next gallery wrap, framed or mounted canvas project. Call LexJet today at 800-453-9538 to learn more about our complete line of canvas media.

Looking for Canvas? We’ve Got a Full Line of Products In Stock

Having trouble finding the right canvas? LexJet has lots of options in stock to breathe new life into your canvas-printing business. We’ve got a full line of canvas options for high-volume and consistent production of fine art, photographic and commercial graphics.

In our portfolio of LexJet Sunset and Sunset by Fredrix canvases, you’ll find a variety of finishes and textures that are in stock and ready to ship. LexJet is also the exclusive source for Fredrix canvases within the United States.

We’ve got many archival-quality canvases that are acid-free and pH-neutral, as well as OBA-free options. In fact, our Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas is now certified by Wilhelm Imaging Research to last up to and beyond 200 years.

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Here’s what some of our customers have said about using products from LexJet canvas line:

  • “We’ve tried a lot of canvas materials, and Sunset Production Gloss Canvas SUV was clearly the best material. Most of the canvas material we’ve tried, if you rubbed it or looked at it wrong, the ink would fall off of it, and when you stapled the canvas, it would tear, which was a big problem. This stuff is great, and it’s inexpensive.”   — Phil Crawford, Berea Printing
  • Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV is the best canvas to date. Our color came out perfect; we have never seen a truer white hue before.  We have received numerous customer compliments, so they can definitely see the difference. Thank you for helping our business produce the highest quality at the best price.”   — Zach Gardynski, New Era Portfolio

Whether you print with aqueous, latex, solvent or UV ink, you’ll find a canvas that’s right for your next gallery wrap, framed or mounted canvas project. Call LexJet today at 800-453-9538 to learn more about our complete line of canvas media.

Visit Us at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo

WC Art & FrameLexJet will be joining our Fredrix Print Canvas partners at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel Jan. 24-27.

Be sure to swing by booth #446, which is along the back wall of the ballroom. As the exclusive reseller of Fredrix canvas in the U.S., we’ll be displaying a variety of canvases, including the Wilhelm-certified Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas, Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas and Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas, to name just a few.

The 17th annual WCAF is a dynamic event with all sorts of hot trends, new product launches, exhibitor celebrations, seminars, award ceremony and hands-on workshops geared toward retailers, wholesalers, designers, photographers, artists and more.

We look forward to meeting you there!