Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

The art world is inundated with terminology and jargon. Often, knowing the difficult and specialized techniques involved in creating a piece of art can heighten your appreciation for both the art and the artist. Additionally, knowing these terms can assist you when you are planning on making the right purchase for your personal collection. 

No matter if you’re a fine art connoisseur or a casual appreciator, this simple glossary of terms can help you better understand the intricacies of the Marcus Ashley Gallery collection. We offer artists’ works in a myriad of styles, with program offerings designed for our clients’ interests and needs. When shopping online for art on our site, check the specifications beneath each product for more details about artwork type options.

A lithograph is a classic method of printmaking, first conceived in 1796 as a method of reproducing written theatrical works. The method originally used an artwork drawn with wax, oil, or fat on a limestone surface, which was then moistened with water. Oil-based ink would be applied to the stone, repelling the water, and paper would be placed atop to create a large number of copies.

Today, modern lithography is still used to reproduce fine artwork, however, the image is typically created using polymer coatings and metal plates. Traditional lithography methods still persist as a fine art medium. Peruse our impressive collection of classic stone lithography artwork created by artists who have mastered this difficult technique.

Serigraphy is another word for silkscreen printing. Silkscreen printing is an ancient technique first developed in China and Japan, wherein silk fabric is stretched on a frame, masked with tape, and coated with ink on the exposed surfaces. Such a technique requires that only a limited amount of colors be used at a time, making it an easy technique to learn, but a challenging one to master.

Much like lithographs, serigraphs have a commercial purpose as well as an artistic purpose. Modern serigraphy did not come to be until 1907 when it was patented for use in Manchester, England textile manufacturing. Serigraphy as an art medium came into vogue in the 1960s, when artists such as Andy Warhol adopted the art form as part of the “pop art” movement.

For our limited edition artwork, a series of reproductions is meticulously printed from the original in a fixed quantity. Each piece is hand-signed and numbered (“S/N”) by the artist for authenticity and quality assurance.

Limited editions can also apply to sculptural works. Limited edition bronze casts allow you to have the incredible beauty of artwork from famous artists like Michelangelo on display in your own collection. Quality limited edition reproductions are barely distinguishable from the real piece and often come at a more affordable price.

If you’re a passionate collector or investor, we also offer many original artworks for you to purchase.

Paint, in its simplest form, is a pigment (color) combined with a binder. Pigments can be derived from everything from crushed stones to organic material, while binders are typically a type of liquid chemical substance.

There are certainly more than three paint types, but oils, acrylics, and watercolors are inarguably the “top three” that you will see in virtually every gallery. Beyond these common three paints, you may also see gouache, tempera, pastels, resin, enamel, and much more.

Artistic mediums are only limited by our imagination.

Here are the primary differences between the three major mediums.


  • Non-water soluble; requires a solvent to thin and a primer to apply to canvas
  • Can take days or even months to dry, making paintings a time-consuming and intensive process
  • Require a primer to be used
  • Have been used for hundreds of years


  • Water-soluble
  • Fast-drying
  • Requires no solvents or primers
  • Comes in a variety of viscosities
  • Not invented until the 1950s


  • Made from pigment and a binder called gum arabic
  • Water-soluble
  • Requires the right paper to control the flow of pigment across the fibers
  • Cannot be made into a thick, viscous layer like oils or acrylics

If there are any terms you’d like to know more about, please do not hesitate to contact the knowledgeable art consultants at our gallery. We are always happy to discuss our passion for fine art with our visitors.