American Civil War Battlefields Today: Ltd. Edition Prints
Washington, VA (WebWire) February 10, 2006 -- Civil War battlefields are rarely painted as they are seen today. Rather, battles are typically painted and depicted from historic evidence and accounts.
It is very difficult to obtain prints of what the battlefields look like today, for three reasons:
1. Contemporary art is traditionally painted locally: to purchase a contemporary piece, you must travel to the cities and towns where the battlefields lie, go into the local gallery and purchase an original. This is very tough for most people and niche galleries charge a large premium on artist work.
2. Prints are not usually mde: “Most local artists don’t have the financial resources to have archivable prints made. Their customer base is too small” said R.B. McKenzie when asked why he decided to sell online.
3. Not many contemporary prints are sold online. Civil War enthusiasts are not typically Internet power-users. Most quality Civil War websites are government sponsored.
The artist has almost sold out his first 100 prints of the first painting in his series of contemporary Civil War battlefields. When asked why the demand for his first print was so high he responded.
“I’m not a famous artist, but I’ve painted all of my life, so I know that people like the quality. What I think they like the most is that I travel to the battlefields and capture them on canvas LIVE and then pay to have the finest reproductions made of these prints. Once that is done, busy Americans can take place a piece of history into their living room in a matter of days by ordering online”
“Gettysburg” will be the first of 20 battlefields that R.B. McKenzie will sell in a progressive manner on http://www.civilwarpainting.com. Once these are gone, Robert has decided not to release any more prints.
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