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Art canvases are normally associated with oil or watercolor paintings or with pastel, pen-and-ink, or charcoal drawings. However, canvas artwork also includes prints that are pulled and folded around wood stretchers for frameless borders. Many of these canvas art prints are known as giclee prints. These are high-quality digital reproductions from paintings, etchings, engravings, and other art forms using sophisticated inkjet printers that spray the ink onto canvas. The inks are archivally secure -- fade-resistant and moisture-repellent. The canvas, usually either cotton or polyester, allows the ink to penetrate at the right depth to give the prints more vibrancy and richness than normal printer paper can. The wood stretchers under frameless, unmatted giclee prints make them ideal for wall hanging, with their striking tones providing an unequivocal accent against wall colors or furnishings.

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Although photographs and other ephemera can also be transferred onto canvas, it's the giclee print on canvas that is most considered a fine art. However, fine canvas arts also encompass frameless contemporary oil paintings that are mounted and folded over wood stretchers.

Collectible canvas wall art giclees include contemporary digitally reproduced prints of masterpieces or contemporary work by little-known artists. Many are in the style, say, of Vermeer or Gilbert, or evoking Rembrandt's many portraits of Dutch girls. Other prints include artists' stylistic interpretations of specific art movements, including popular pastel-color landscapes reminiscent of the Impressionist period. Whatever the style, the intent of contemporary canvas wall art is to highlight interior decor in addition to appealing to artistic sensibility.

Canvas artwork in oils can, however, be the start of a highly prized collection. One contemporary oil painter using canvas on wood stretchers is Joan Lewis. Her works are valued for their representations of enigmatic human relationships, particularly the sense of isolation and emotional distance when people are gathered together physically. Browse sellers collections to find contemporary and vintage canvas art from a variety of artists.

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