Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  About Erick Sahler

 

THE ARTIST AND THE ART


Who is Erick Sahler?


I am an Illustrator Member of New York’s Society of Illustrators and an American Screen Printing Association certified graphic artist and screen printer. I have created and published thousands of
illustrations, graphics and cartoons in the mid-Atlantic region since 1983. My clients have included American Public Power Association, Belmond Ltd., Boat U.S., Dunes Manor Hotel, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NASA, Perdue Farms and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. My artwork hangs in the collections of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Scott Higham and NPR “Morning Edition” host Liane Hansen, as well as Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury University, the Commander Hotel and the historic Robert Morris Inn. Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. was launched in 2011. In addition to illustrating and making prints, I enjoy long road trips, cruising in my 1973 Camaro and hanging out with my best friend — a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Chance.


What is a serigraph?


A serigraph is a fancy word for a silkscreen art print. It was coined around 1940 by combining “seri” (Latin for “silk”) and “graph” (Greek for “to write”) to differentiate fine art silkscreen prints from more commercial silkscreen processes used to print everything from wallpaper to T-shirts.


How are serigraphs different from other art prints?


I print all my serigraphs by hand. For each color in the design, I create a stencil in a high-mesh screen through which ink is “pulled” onto paper using a squeegee. The entire edition is printed one color at a time, one sheet of paper at a time. I generally print two colors per day, so it takes a week or more to complete most editions. While the process is more labor intensive than other printing methods, serigraphs are more bold and vibrant than other types of fine art prints. In addition, small variances in the silkscreen process make each serigraph a unique work of art.


Are serigraphs archival?


Yes. I use 100 percent cotton, acid-free Rising Stonehenge paper for all my prints. The ink used is TW Graphics 5500, which is considered archival. TW Graphics ink is water based and Earth friendly. The mats, art bags and tape I use for packaging my artwork are all acid free.


Do you reprint sold-out designs?


All my silkscreen prints are created in limited runs and are signed and numbered by myself. After printing, the stencils are destroyed ensuring the design will never again be screen printed in the same size and colors. I chose to work this way to add value for those who buy and collect my art. In 2016, I launched the Legacy Reproductions series to satisfy customer demand for sold-out designs. Legacy Reproductions are color-matched to the silkscreen originals, and digitally printed and proofed by me here in the studio using 100 percent cotton, acid-free velvet fine art paper and archival pigment-based inks.

 

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ONLINE ORDERING AND SHIPPING


How do I pay online?


It’s easy. Go to STORE and select the print you wish to purchase. Click the “Buy Now” button, which allows customers to use any major credit cards through the PayPal network, even if you are not a member of PayPal.


I’d rather speak to someone in person. Who can I call?


Call me, I’d be glad to take your credit card information over the phone if you are not comfortable buying through the website. My number is 410-845-3774.


How are orders shipped?


The artwork is packaged very carefully. Each print is backed by foamcore board and sealed in a clear archival bag. It is then surrounded with cardboard and shipped flat in a sturdy cardboard box. I use U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail to deliver artwork across the United States and it has always arrived safely.


Do you frame prints?


Yes. I am very proud to use high quality, eco-friendly, all-wood frames custom made by Furst Bros. Co. in Baltimore, Md.

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CUSTOM WORK, LICENSING AND DONATIONS


I like your style. Would you design a print for me?


I take on commissions as schedules and budgets allow, and I’m interested in projects that promote events and institutions in the Chesapeake Bay region. However, I am not a commercial print shop. Any custom work must involve an original design by myself. Call me at 410-845-3774 or email me at erick@ericksahler.com and let’s talk.


Do you wholesale your work?


Yes. Call me at 410-845-3774 or email me at erick@ericksahler.com.


Do you license your work?


Again, yes. Call me at 410-845-3774 or email me at erick@ericksahler.com.


Do you donate your work?


I donate prints to nonprofits for auctions and raffles all the time. Giving back is a huge part of my philosophy. To discuss, call me at 410-845-3774 or email me at erick@ericksahler.com.

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