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~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ~

Can I use one of Bill’s images?

I have inherited a Bill Owen print/painting/sculpture. How much is it worth?

How long does it take Bill Owen to create an original painting?

Can I commission Bill to do a painting?

Is there any original Bill Owen art offered on his website?

Which galleries represent Bill Owen?

If I find a piece of Bill’s art on the secondary market what should I look for?

What determines a Limited Edition?

Why are artist proofs more expensive?

What different types of reproductions are offered here?

What is a Stone Lithograph?

Can I sell Bill Owen artwork on eBay?

If I order a print will Bill personalize it?

If I order a print will Bill do a remarque on it?

How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen giclée?

How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen Color Lithograph, Canvas Transfer or Duotone?

How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen sculpture?

Will I be charged sales tax?

How much will I pay for shipping?

What is your return policy?


Question: Can I use one of Bill’s images?

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Answer: Throughout Bill’s career, all Bill Owen artwork remained the sole and exclusive copyrighted property of Bill Owen, even after selling the original, unless he relinquished his rights. Since his passing on June 15, 2013, those rights now belong to his widow, Valerie Owen.  All materials on this website, including images/text/design/layout and any other website and/or media featuring Bill Owen artwork, are copyrighted and are the exclusive property of Valerie Owen. Reproduction of any Bill Owen property without express written consent is unlawful and prohibited, and infringements will be pursued legally.  To inquire about licensing Bill Owen’s artwork, contact Wendy Wentworth at The Greenwich Workshop, Wentworth@greenwichworkshop.com 203-881-7711.


Question: I have inherited a Bill Owen print/painting/sculpture.
How much is it worth?

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Answer: Bill receives many emails asking that he advise them on the current value of a piece of art. He is not an appraiser and cannot provide this information, even on one of his own pieces. However, the gallery that he is exclusively represented by, Great American West Gallery in Grapevine, TX offers art restoration and expert fine art appraisal services. Therefore, if you have a piece of Bill Owen artwork that you need restored or appraised, or if you wish to sell a piece, give them a call; they have the expertise and knowledge to assist you. Contact info:
* Online link: http://www.greatamericanwestgallery.com
* Phone number: (817) 416-2600
* Email: Richard@greatamericanwestgallery.com
* Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Question: How long does it take Bill Owen to create an original painting?

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Answer: Each and every piece of art is unique and Bill’s feeling is that fine art should never be rushed. There are different degrees of difficulty of subject matter; for instance, a single cowboy on a horse vs. a herd of cattle and several cowboys rounding them up. When you factor in different sizes, the fact that Bill is a perfectionist, that some pieces of art just kind of flow and others are difficult from start to finish, and then that life’s situations can impact productivity, one can see there is no easy answer to this question, but it is probably the one most people are curious about.

Question: Can I commission Bill to do a painting?

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Answer: Bill rarely consents to doing commissions for a number of reasons. One reason is that a person requesting a commission often has a “picture” in their head of the finished piece. For this reason, when Bill does consent to doing a commission, he will take hundreds of photographs to use as reference, and the collector does not view the photos or the piece until it is completed. But, at this stage of Bill’s career, the main reason he typically will not agree to a commission is the lack of time. When he does agree to one, it could take 3-5 years, which is a very long time for someone to wait.  But several have done so and felt it was worth the wait!  So if you’re interested in having Bill do a commission piece, and you’re in a position to be patient, send an email from the Contact page of this website and Bill will get with you to discuss what you have in mind.

Question: Is there any original Bill Owen art offered on his website?

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Answer: We currently do not offer originals, as Bill isn't a very prolific artist, so most of his original artwork is already scheduled for a show when created. However, he is able to do an extra piece from time to time, so if you're interested in obtaining a Bill Owen original, send an email from the Contact page of this website and we will add you to his waiting list and send you images via email when something is available.

Question: Which galleries represent Bill Owen?

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Answer: Bill Owen is represented exclusively by Great American West Gallery, located at 332 S. Main Street in the center of Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. Founder and Owner, Phil Berkebile, and Gallery Director, Richard Hunter, have established a Gallery Mission and reputation built upon integrity and the preservation of the Legacy of the American West, and Bill is very proud of his association with them.

The Great American West Gallery building was declared a Texas Historic Landmark in 1986. In September of 2011, Mr. Berkebile was awarded the Conservation Award by The Grapevine Heritage Foundation in recognition of the buildings restoration. Great American West Gallery offers Gallery Rental, Art Restoration and Independent Art Appraisals. If you have a piece of Bill Owen artwork that you need restored or appraised, or if you wish to sell a piece, give them a call; they have the expertise and knowledge to assist you. Contact info:
* Online link: http://www.greatamericanwestgallery.com
* Phone number: (817) 416-2600
* Email: Richard@greatamericanwestgallery.com
* Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm


Question: If I find a piece of Bill’s art on the secondary market what should I look for?

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Answer: When Bill was just starting out, he usually put a date and the S Slash V brand (an old family brand which belonged to Bill’s Uncle) in the area where he signed the piece. Here’s an example.

When you find a piece signed in this way, it’s a very early piece and was created prior to Bill becoming a member of the Cowboy Artists of America. When he became a member in 1973 he quit using the S Slash V brand and began putting the CA brand on his art.

To this day, he continues to date his pieces because he wants it known if something is an early piece or one he did farther into his career.


Question: What determines a Limited Edition?

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Answer: When artists decide to make a reproduction of one of their originals they have the option of making an ‘Open Edition’ or ‘Limited Edition.’ An Open Edition means there is no limit to the number of reproductions; they may or may not be signed by the artist and they are not numbered. A Limited Edition means the artist has placed a limit on the number of reproductions to be offered. If the number in the edition is 300, there is an additional 10% printed - or 30 – which are offered as a separate “edition” known as artist proofs. The artist signs each reproduction and each one is numbered. For an example, a reproduction out of a “regular” edition of 300 would be numbered in this manner – 267/300 – indicating the print is #267 out of the 300 offered. An artist proof of that same piece would be numbered in this manner – AP 15/30 – indicating the print is #15 out of the 30 artist proofs offered.

Question: Why are artist proofs more expensive?

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Answer: They are widely viewed as more desirable because there is less in the “edition” and artist proofs are believed to be more valuable and expected to appreciate in value more than identical lithographs out of the “regular” edition. Some people only collect artist proofs for these reasons.

Question: What different types of reproductions are offered here?

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Answer: Several, defined as follows:

Limited Edition Fine Art Giclée Reproductions

Giclée art prints have become a popular art print media. Giclée is a French word meaning “to spray” or “to squirt” and is pronounced ji-clay. Giclée print machines spray fine droplets of ink as small as 4 picoliters, which is about as small as an ink dot can be without evaporating on its way to the print substrate. These very small dots allow precise and detailed image reproduction. Giclée print machines use 3 to 8 more ink colors than traditional lithograph print machines, therefore, has the capacity to produce a much wider range of color with 512 chromatic changes and about 10 million color possibilities. This process is the best reproduction technique available today and the closest to the appearance of an original, and priced more than reproductions printed on paper. The expected lifetime of a giclée that is not hung in an area where it is subjected to direct sunlight is 100+ years.

The Giclée prints offered by Bill Owen are printed on canvas. After placing your order, if you wish to have yours printed gallery wrapped, please send us an email with that instruction. Gallery wrapping means the edges of the surface image are printed mirrored, so that the image wraps around the sides. This enables you to hang it with or without a frame. You will receive your giclée rolled, in a tube; you will then take it to your local frame shop where they will mount the canvas onto stretcher bars and install a hanging wire.

Limited Edition Fine Art Lithographs
Lithographs are affordable color reproductions of original oil, watercolor or pastel paintings. They are printed on paper and to be framed under glass.

Limited Edition Fine Art Sculpture
When Bill creates a sculpture out of wax or clay, the final creation is taken to a foundry to be cast. The original is destroyed in the process utilized to create a mold, hence the term “lost wax”. Bill places his signature on the original so when subsequent pieces are cast it is there. Then the foundry numbers the piece in the same manner as any Limited Edition piece (for example 22/45 means it is #22 in an edition of 45). When an edition is sold out the mold is destroyed, insuring the integrity of the limited edition.

Limited Edition Duo Tones
Duo Tones are affordable reproductions of original drawings, printed in varying shades of gray and black, resulting in wonderful detail and definition, appearing very much like the original would have, and are to be framed under glass.

Canvas Transfers

A canvas transfer is a medium-priced print. The process transfers the image from a paper lithograph onto canvas, which gives the appearance of an original, but is not as fine as a giclée of the same image would be. This reproduction is to be framed as an original would be, therefore, no glass or glare.

Note Cards
Some of the reproductions are offered as note cards. A dozen cards and envelopes are shipped to you boxed, with the exception of “Fixin’ to Lay a Trip”. This note card is square and is shipped with appropriately sized envelopes, but does not come boxed.

Question: What is a Stone Lithograph?

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Answer: An original stone lithograph is hand drawn by the artist on limestone or marble. The process is difficult and remarkable when one realizes the fact that the image is drawn backwards, so that when it is printed it is correct. Each stone is used to print one color and the best stones, which are Bavarian limestone, are grey in color and have a clear complexion free of fossils and other flaws. These stones are becoming increasingly rare. After the edition (number of impressions) is hand-printed, each impression is signed and numbered by the artist. Imperfect impressions are destroyed and the stones and plates are effaced, and each edition is carefully documented. This is the oldest lithographic technique and is still considered to be the best by some.

Please note: Bill has done two Stone Lithographs, entitled, Breaking Horses and Saddle Horses and Broncs. One of these days, as time permits, the handful we still have may be offered.


Question: Can I sell Bill Owen artwork on eBay?

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Answer: When an artist creates a piece of artwork, they “own” the right to any reproduction of that original piece of art, even after it's sold, unless they relinquish their “rights.” The legal term is “copyright” and evidenced by the symbol artists' affix to original works of art ©. This signifies they are the creator, therefore, the owner of the intellectual property.

When a piece of artwork is consigned to a gallery or an auction, it is their responsibility to obtain written consent from the artist (the creator) for the image of that artwork to be used in advertisements (printed and/or online) to promote the sale. Without such permission, the use of the image is a copyright infringement, and as such, the artist may take legal action.

Adhering to the letter of the law, eBay recognizes, respects and promotes artists' rights, and as such works to develop and enforce policies and procedures for protecting intellectual property. The program, called the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program now counts among its participants over 28,000 companies and individuals, who may elect to post "VeRO: Participant About Me" pages, which tells what their individual legal position is with regard to their intellectual property. Here's a link to the page:

http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/vero-aboutme.html

If you have a piece of artwork you're thinking about putting up on eBay, consult these pages. This list does not include all rights owners, so if you don't find the artist in question there, you are encouraged to directly contact the rights owner regarding their products and/or policies.

The bottom line on this issue is: you may sell the items in question on eBay, but cannot include images—including photos and other pictures—or text you did not create yourself. Text from an artists' website, or text the artist utilized in the promoting of their artwork, as well as images of any of the artists' artwork, or photographs they’ve posted on their website (and Facebook pages) cannot be used, without the express, written consent of the artist who owns the copyrights.



Question: If I order a print will Bill personalize it?

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Answer: If you want him to write who the print is for, a Thank You, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary or a similar personalization, yes. However, please be aware that it is a widely held belief that a personalized print is less valuable, for the obvious reason; later should one decide to sell it, it is quite difficult to sell if for true value, as most people don’t care to own a print personalized to someone else.

Question: If I order a print will Bill do a remarque on it?

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(Definition of remarque - A remarque is a small vignette image in the margin of a print, often related thematically to the main image.)

Answer: Because Bill is such a perfectionist, even a small remarque would take him a considerable length of time; therefore, it is not cost-effective for him to do so.

Question: How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen giclée?

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Answer: From the time you place your order, you can typically expect to receive your giclée within 2-3 weeks.

Question: How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen Color Lithograph, Canvas Transfer or Duotone?

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Answer: Fine Art Color Lithographs and Duotones are typically shipped within 1-2 weeks and Canvas Transfers within 2-3 weeks.

Question: How long does it take to receive a Bill Owen sculpture?

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Answer: We do not stock sculpture; therefore the casting of a piece of sculpture does not take place until an order is received. From that day, the typical length of time the foundry needs prior to shipment is eight weeks.

Question: Will I be charged sales tax?

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Answer: Only Arizona state residents pay sales tax at a rate of 6.35%.

Question: How much will I pay for shipping?

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Answer: US Shipping is based on the purchase amount, as follows:
  • From (USD) $0.01 To (USD) $150.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $10.00
  • From (USD) $150.01 To (USD) $375.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $15.00
  • From (USD) $375.01 To (USD) $750.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $20.00
  • From (USD) $750.01 To (USD) $3,000.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $25.00
  • From (USD) $3,000.01 and up the shipping charge (USD) is $30.00

    International Shipping is based on the purchase amount, as follows:
  • From (USD) $0.01 To (USD) $150.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $20.00
  • From (USD) $150.01 To (USD) $375.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $30.00
  • From (USD) $375.01 To (USD) $750.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $40.00
  • From (USD) $750.01 To (USD) $3,000.00 the shipping charge (USD) is $50.00
  • From (USD) $3,000.01 and up the shipping charge (USD) is $60.00

Question:  What is your return policy?

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Answer: Bill Owen wants his collectors to be completely happy with any piece of his art, whether it is an original or a reproduction.  Therefore, if you’re unhappy with one of his pieces, return it in the same condition received within 30 days and you will receive a full refund, excluding shipping charges.