I recently delivered an oil on canvas painting to a very happy Client. He was happy about the semblance created but was not happy that I ‘did not put GLASS in front’!

Explanation: Canvas paintings are NOT placed behind glass. They need to breathe. However works on paper and card are placed behind glass (the high end glass are non-reflective and UV-proof) to protect the paper from the elements.

He had an ‘expensive painting’ in his chamber which he was extremely proud of. It was a cheap print of a leafy forest during Autumn, framed behind ordinary glass. The ‘artwork’ was quite huge, covering the floor to ceiling. I began explaining to him that he could have gotten his money’s worth by buying an authentic painting.

The ‘artwork’ totally DESTROYED the luxurious office decor of leather seats and marble tables.It shouted ‘CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!’ though he bought it at an outrageous amount.

He also had an ‘expensive’ canvas print of his photograph donning his SAN regalia. I had expected a commissioned piece to be in that corner. There are fantastic Nigerian artists who would do justice to it. He knows better now.

Even though canvas paintings are not framed with glass, they need a lot of care too. They should not be touched or handled with bare fingers. STOP TOUCHING PAINTINGS AT GALLERIES! I wince whenever anyone touches mine.
They should not be hung in direct sunlight. 
They should be cleaned by experts not with duster or water.
Best they are varnished to protect their surfaces. Varnishes are applied 6 to 18 months after the final brush stroke was applied.
There are gallery wraps (painting extends to sides) and Museum wraps (painting stops at edge)…So not all paintings need to be framed. You can hang them like tapestries.

Now, many of you love artworks -the beauty, the aesthetic vibes it lends to any room, the aura of wealth it garlands you…etc
However you are most likely unable to differentiate between a reproduction, an original and a print.

There are original prints like Lino and Screen prints which are are more valuable than Document paper prints you find in many supermarkets fancy with glittery frames.

There also canvas prints which are not the same as the original brushstrokes on canvas paintings. Learn to know the difference or take an artist (not a sign artist) with you to help you decipher. 
Canvas prints are made using large format printers on rolls of canvas fabric. They are cut and stapled to the wood frame, then you pay thousands for it feeling good about your ‘valuable work of art’.

There are original works which are undermined because the painter is selling them cheaper than the prints ‘behind glass’.

Some are willing to shell out $1000 for a print of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling but will haggle the price of their commissioned pointillism portraits. Nope, I know my worth.

Here is a list of some Art Support bases:

-Paper -Wood -MDF board -HDF board -plaster
-Canvas -Linen -Hardboard panels -glass
-human body -ceramic -cement -stone -brick
-Terracotta -Sand -Vellum -Leather -Plastic

Here is a list of some Art Mediums:

– Oil -watercolour -Acrylic -Conte Crayon 
-Graphite -Charcoal -Chalk pastels 
-Ink -Markers -Mixed media -Collage 
-Human Finger -Acid -Coffee -Spraypaint
-Tempera -Oil Pastels -Gouache

So, read more to know the worth of your purchase. Don’t just join the bandwagon of buying glittery works made of low quality materials.

There is so much more to say but many have written them already. Education never ends at school.


  • Oluwaseyi Alade