Frequently Asked Questions


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:: Where are you headed next? Art Fair Schedule
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:: What are you ordering policies? Read 'em Here
:: Do you have gift certificates? Both Print & Electronic

ABOUT DOLAN GEIMAN

How do you pronounce your last name?
The name is uber macho: GUY-MEN. Intimidating, I know.

Do you both make artwork?
I make all of the artwork, and sometimes the dinner, and Ali Marie is the secretary, treasurer, VP, and fills a handful of other roles. Although she denies any creative abilities, I've seen some high school sketches that might prove otherwise.

Did you study art in school?
I studied various art techniques in school, but learned how to use my creativity mostly from my mother. I have also been fortunate to have a handful of friends who have pushed me into new areas of thinking about art, among these are Walker Tufts, Ben Shaffer, Matthew Grimes, Leo Charre, Joshua Miller, and Michael Merck. In college, Jack McCaslin taught me how to screenprint skillfully while also introducing me to all of the good music I now enjoy. William Tate taught me the importance of details in all facets of design and the necessity of grand ideas. Both instructors were beautiful individuals with huge hearts.

What's with all the birds?
I have had a fascination with the avian world since childhood, when I used to create fieldguide-esque journals with my brother and sister. Birds continue to inspire me daily. Recognizing the bird as a popular motif in my artwork, we decided to incorporate the bird into our logo when we rebranded ourselves in 2006.

Please explain your tag line.
So, as you probably know by now, I was born and raised in Virginia. The tag line comes from my experiences during my first year in Chicago where, upon meeting any new person, I was met with the exclamation, "Where are you from? Is that a Southern accent I am hearing?" This clear, and later, hint of a Southern twang seemed like an appropriate analogy for my artwork. Hence the tag line "Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent."

Are you still involved in fashion design?
Rescued Clothing has been put on the back burner for now, but I still occasionally make clothing, mainly for myself, Ali Marie, and friends. I enjoyed creating clothing for Habit and other stores, as well as offering the Rescued Clothing fashion makeover service, but since I couldn't grow a few more arms, I had to cut back on some of my creative endeavors. For now...

ORDERING FROM DOLAN GEIMAN

For ordering and payment options, including payment plans, visit the Payment Page.

Do you have a trade discount program?
Yes, independent design professionals, architects, art consultants, and other trade professionals are eligible to apply for the Trade Program to receive discounted trade pricing: Trade Application. Become a retailer via our Wholesale Application

Is your studio open to the public?
While we are always eager to meet and greet, we have a schedule that keeps us quite busy. When we are in the studio we are generally preparing for the next show, and during our show season, which runs from February to December, we are on the road most weekends. So, we're hard to nail down! But, if you would like to schedule a studio visit, we would be happy to try and oblige. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Are all available works posted to Etsy or do you have additional works at the studio?
The Newest Artwork section of the website and Etsy shop are continuously updated. Also follow along via Facebook and Instagram.

Join the First Dibs Club for regular e-mail alerts as new originals are completed in the studio.

If you'd like to view a work in person that you've seen online, contact us to schedule an appointment. For all studio visits, we ask that you e-mail us the title(s) of the work(s) of interest. Because of our art fair schedule, we keep all works packaged in boxes and bins between shows, but are happy to unwrap and hang a few selections in preparation for a studio visit.

Why do you sell at art fairs versus galleries?
Art fairs give us the opportunity to interact on a personal level with people all over the nation and it has been these live interactions that have helped our business grow. Our preference also has to do with the audience and the diversity of people who regularly attend and purchase work at art fairs, versus buying artwork from a gallery. Plenty of our original and reproduced artworks are made to be affordable and are imagined upon creation to hang in spaces like family living rooms, bedrooms, and even the bathroom. The ability to self-represent greatly appeals to us as well. To view my upcoming schedule, see the Locator.

What venue currently provides the largest showcase for all manner of your artwork?
To see the largest selection of available works, visit our booth at any of our nationwide art fairs. We bring all available originals to each and every show. Some shows prohibit the sale of reproductions, but you can shop for all available box and paper prints online at dolangeiman.etsy.com.

I really like one of your works that is already sold. Do you ever make the same piece twice?'
While no two original works are the same, I do create similar pieces from time to time. When I find a theme or a subject that I particular enjoy, I will often create a series of similar works. See my Original Mixed Media Collections.

Do you ever create works on commission?
Yes indeed. Please visit the Commissions page for more information.

Can I use your artwork for personal uses like wedding invitations?
All artwork is copyrighted by Dolan Geiman and must be licensed for commercial and personal use. Please contact us to discuss.

What is the difference between a screenprint and giclee print?
A screenprint is an original work that is hand-printed by yours truly here at the studio. Giclee prints (including our BOX PRINT reproductions and paper prints) are archival, inkjet reproductions, available in limited-editions, that are produced in conjunction with a professional printmaker. The key point is that all works listing silk screen as part of the description are being produced by hand using the silk screen printing process. Here are Wikepedia's definitions of screenprinting and giclees.

With the original mixed media collections, I notice that you make multiple works using the same image. Is that considered a print?
Well, yes and no. While the guitar, rooster, trees, bird, and other motifs are reoccurring images used in my original artwork, each work is painted and printed (using the silk screen process) by hand. Each work is original, featuring a unique (though sometimes subtle) set of paint colors, background patterns, and overall composition. We try to stay away from the word 'print' when describing these works to avoid confusion with the BOX PRINT reproductions and paper prints. Again, the BOX PRINT reproductions and paper prints are reproductions created via inkjet printing technology.

Many works on Etsy list having a back-frame. What is that?
A back-frame is simply a lightweight wood frame that is attached to the back, allowing the piece to stand off of the wall, giving the work a contemporary, raw, yet finished look. All back-framed work comes ready to hang. Sample image.

ABOUT THE WEBSITE

Who was involved with the creation of this website?
The website was designed by Sidedown and developed by Pete Akins, an affiliate of Sidedown. The previous website (2005-2008) was designed and developed by Leo Charre.

Artwork photography is provided by David Ettinger.