What You Should Know About
Collecting Simonson Art
Collecting Simonson art online is so easy and secure, tens of thousands of happy art lovers have already done it. Here’s some information, in FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) form, that will help you decide if collecting Simonson art is for you.
Accessing the Simonson Website
Why do I have to create an account to see the entire website?
We ask you to create an account (which is totally free, by the way, and does not put you on a mailing list) to help us make sure that the galleries containing nudity are accessed only by those who clearly want to see them. You don’t need an account to see the main gallery, which contains all currently available G-rated Simonson art. But to access the nudity in the Members-Only galleries, you’ll need to create a username and password.
If I create an account to see the galleries with nudity, will I start getting lots of emails from you guys?
Definitely not! You will only receive e-mails from Simonson Art if you’ve signed up to be on our Mailing List (which is a separate thing from your sign-in account). In fact, even if you sign up for the Mailing List, you still won’t get much e-mail—with newsletters and other announcements, you’ll hear from us once or twice a month at most.
How do I get into the Erotic Gallery?
The Simonson Erotic Art Gallery is an area of the website that is password-protected. The password is only available to mailing-list subscribers (each newsletter includes a reminder of the password). That said, if you are really interested in accessing the Erotic Gallery and don’t want to subscribe to the newsletter, we’ll still give you the password—just send us an e-mail with your request.
Types of Simonson Artwork and Price Ranges
How much will I have to pay for an original Simonson painting?
The prices of original paintings by Douglas Simonson vary widely. A large, major original work might be as much as US$1500. But that’s the high end of the spectrum. Most Simonson paintings are in the $650-$950 range. (And keep in mind that Rough Sketches, usually in pencil but sometimes in acrylic or gouache as well, range in price from as low as $40 up to around $200–with most in the $65-$75 price range. So you can own a Simonson original for less than you might think. Rough Sketches links: G-Rated/Nudes.)
What if I don't have the money to collect original art?
No problem. There are many Simonson art options besides original works. (Although you should be sure to check out the Rough Sketches galleries (G-Rated/Nudes), where original art can cost as little as $50!)
Limited-edition prints are signed, numbered high-quality reproductions of original works, in archival inks on heavy paper, in a 13×19 (33x48cm) size. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. “Limited edition” means that no other prints of that image will be produced, which makes your print more valuable. Most Simonson limited-edition prints are US$75. For more information on Simonson limited-edition prints, including information on Artist’s Proofs, go to About Prints and Proofs.
Posters are signed reproductions of original works, much like limited-edition prints, except that there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. Simonson posters are available in an 8.5×11 (21x27cm) size, and some posters are also available in a larger 13×19 size. Small posters are US$25, and larger posters are US$49.
Photographic Prints are signed prints of Douglas Simonson photographs. They are printed on matte paper with archival inks, and come in two sizes. The larger Gallery size (13×19) is US$69, and the smaller 8.5×11 size is $39.
Books and E-Books: There are 2 books of Simonson art, and over 40 e-books. The e-books are downloadable so that you’ll always have access to them on your computer or tablet, or even your phone. E-Books range from collections of Simonson drawings and paintings to collections of photographs from various nude model shoots in Hawaii, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and other locations. There’s even a Simonson e-book entitled “Finding and Photographing the Male Nude.” Simonson e-book downloads are priced from $14.95 to $24.95.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes. Most items above a certain price point will have 2 buttons, one saying “Pay in Full” and one saying “Payment Plan.” If the item doesn’t have a Payment Plan button, send us an e-mail and chances are we’ll be willing to set up a payment plan customized to your needs. Click here for more specific information about Payment Plans.
How do I know if a work is available as a print or poster?
When you click on a thumbnail image in a Simonson gallery, you’re taken to a full page with a larger image and more information on the artwork. When you click on the MEDIUM drop-down menu, you’ll see all the available versions of the artwork, such as painting, drawing, poster, print, etc.
What exactly are "Rough Sketches?"
“Rough Sketch” is a term used by the Simonson galleries to denote an artwork that is not a full-on finished, polished work, but rather a smaller, looser, rougher, more spontaneous work. Sometimes these works are preparatory studies for larger works—sometimes they stand alone as part of the artist’s daily studio practice.
A rough sketch is usually a pencil drawing, though occasionally the medium is acrylic, gouache, or colored pencil. The intriguing thing about rough sketches is that they’re original, one-of-a-kind works, but because they are less “finished,” they’re priced very reasonably. Many collectors prize the spontaneity and raw energy of these works, and if you’re one of those collectors, you’ll be happy to know that there are literally hundreds of rough sketches available in the Simonson galleries, and most are priced from US$50-$75.
How do I know the size of the artwork I'm considering?
When you click on a thumbnail image in a Simonson gallery, you’re taken to a full page with a larger image and more information on the artwork. When you click on the MEDIUM drop-down menu, you’ll see all the available versions of the artwork Each version shows the medium (such as painting, drawing, poster, print, etc.) and next to that, the size, in both inches and centimeters.
What does it mean when a painting is on unstretched canvas?
When you see a painting hanging on a wall, in most cases it’s on a piece of canvas that has been stretched. “Stretched” in this case means the canvas has been put on a rigid wooden framework (called “stretcher bars”) to make it easier to display. ‘Unstretched’ canvas simply means that the canvas hasn’t yet been put on stretcher bars. This allows us to ship your painting rolled, in a heavy-duty tube, which is a much safer and more economical way of shipping a painting. Once you receive the unstretched painting, just take it to your framer to get it stretched and framed.
How do I frame a painting that's on unstretched canvas?
Easy—trust it to your framer. Any good framer will be happy to stretch your painting as part of the framing process.
Shipping and Money-Back Guarantee
How is the art shipped?
We use the U.S. Postal Service in most cases, and we have a very good record of safe, on-time delivery to addresses all over the world.
How is the art packaged?
Smaller artworks are shipped flat, in a reinforced, padded envelope. Any artwork whose dimensions are greater than 8.5×11 (21x27cm) is shipped rolled, in a heavy-duty double-walled mailing tube. Shipping acrylic paintings rolled is not only more economical, it’s safer for the art. (See the FAQ above about unstretched canvas.)
In the unlikely case your artwork is damaged in shipping, contact us immediately and we’ll work with you to find the best solution, up to and including a full refund.
How long will it take to get to me?
This is a question we can’t answer, since once the package leaves us we have no control over the vagaries of the global network of postal systems. However, we can tell you that 98% of our orders are packed and shipped within 48 hours of our receiving the order. If for any reason there’s a delay in filling your order, you’ll receive a personal e-mail from us updating you.
What if the art arrives and I don't like it?
It’s very rare that a collector is not pleased when they see their artwork for the first time “in the flesh.” But it does happen, and that’s why Simonson Art offers a money-back guarantee. We just ask that you notify us within 7 days of receiving the art. (Go to Policies for more information.)