Contemplation
Contemplation
Contemplation
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Contemplation

Original / Limited Edition prints of 10

Unframed

Print only, without a frame

Black frame

Square profile solid wood frame coated with black lacquer

White frame

Square profile solid wood frame coated with white lacquer

Walnut frame

Square profile solid wood frame with natural wood finish
Original medium: Oil and paper on canvas
Print medium: Hahnemuhle German Etching fine art paper
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$827.00
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Shipping: Delivery duration is 10-15 days within the US, 20-30 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system
Frame: Artwork is printed without a frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 4-7 business days within the UK, 7-10 business days across Continental Europe and 10-20 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with black lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 50mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 40 x 32 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with white lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 50mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 40 x 32 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame at 20mm width, 20mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers and finished with a natural walnut finish, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 50mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 40 x 32 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork is printed without a frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with black lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 60mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 72 x 56 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with white lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 60mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 72 x 56 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame at 20mm width, 20mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers and finished with a natural walnut finish, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 60mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 72 x 56 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system

Donation (included):

Includes donation and standard shipping within the UK (exact VAT and shipping amount to be calculated at checkout)
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Description +-

Contemplation pays tribute to an African American woman whom the artist admires. The text included in the portrait are the words of by Maya Angelou, an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. Croft seeks to recognise how the call to continue, to be strong, is a heavy burden for Black women. The piece thus includes the following excerpt from an essay written by Ghanaian-American author Meri Nana-Ama Danquah entitled “How the Expectation of Strength Harms Black Girls and Women” (Scholars Strategy Network, August 15, 2019) ...[T]he “Strong Black Woman” stereotype is a cultural ideal and psychological coping mechanism. Black women are required to respond to life’s hardships by portraying strength and concealing trauma. Danquah’s insight adds another layer of contemplation to my friend’s demeanour in this painting and the poet’s words that envelop her. 

Artist +-

Melody Croft  

Croft credits her artistic style to the hundreds of young children she taught in her 30 years as a teacher. The daily interactions with children, and immersion into their concrete thinking, rests on her canvases set into a story. The use of text cites children storybooks where picture and text go hand-in-hand. 

The presented works were created in the spirit of allyship with focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. As a whole, these oil paintings create an empathic narrative sparked from Croft's many years forming emotional connections with young African American children as a teacher. The heart of each work’s narrative is 'too,' meaning 'also'. It is the absent but implied word at the end of Black Lives Matter - and the artistic lens of each painting. 

Since 2012, Croft's work has been in numerous exhibitions in Georgia, the Southeast, the Midwest, and New York City. In the summer of 2021, she had her first major solo exhibition entitled, TOO: An Orientation of Spirit. Later that year, NYC Phoenix Art Collective in New York City invited Croft to present this same exhibition virtually on their website. Croft's paintings have been published in several periodicals, newspapers, and as the cover for a book of poetry entitled, A Thousand Scattered Moments. Croft is a self-taught artist. She lives in Athens, Georgia and commutes daily to her art studio in Jefferson, Georgia.

Melody Croft’s work explores the notion of humanity with a lens of subjectively to observe human emotions. Her portraits and narrative paintings converge the real and the imagined to examine the status quo and social norms of modern life. Her paintings invite viewers to look and consider the psychological, sociological, or emotional complexities of race, gender, age, and culture.

Donation +-

Based on our agreement with the artist, 15% of the pre-VAT price excluding frames will be donated to support the Racial Justice Network.

Artwork Details +-

Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system
Shipping: Delivery duration is 10-15 days within the US, 20-30 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.

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