Hello again fellow-Creative-Beings. I hope that since my last article you have had a chance to digest the new information from “Designing 101” and apply the knowledge to your décor in some way. For those of you that were brave enough to comment on my article, I salute you.

Today I come to you with a question that you probably do not hear often. What are you hanging on the walls of your offices or homes? To be more specific, do you know how it’s printed? Do you know what compounds are in the inks, dyes, pigments, and papers? Does it outgas or offgas? Is it healthy? Do you care?

Creating sustainable, healthy interior graphics for interior decor in commercial and residential settings does not happen accidentally. Sustainable, “Green” fine art and photographic reproductions of the highest quality are infused with a high degree of care and detail while being produced. Many clients do not even realize these factors exist when shopping for printed art and simply never ask about it.

«Trinity Of Fire», 18″x24″, ©,A.Safari

Recently I inquired about Anastasiy Safari’s printing and mounting methods, in particular the Fire and Wood piece. I think you will be just as impressed as I was when you find out how many steps this extraordinary piece had undergone before it reached the white walls of the gallery it rests on today.

The image is printed with a process that is only available in several locations in the entire country. The printing process is guaranteed for 1000 years against fading. That’s right, three zeros folks. You can pass this on to your children and your children to their children and their children’s children and so on and it will still look like the day you bought it from the Art Gallery! The print is above archival ink in quality and durability. Obviously Safari puts a lot of effort to make his prints exceed the standard in photographic quality. Not to mention that they are unique and original in their content.

In a time when going “Green” is everybody’s obsession, it is assuring to see that methodology spilling over into Art. Safari is one of today’s cutting-edge artists who set a new standard for quality in photography, while showing his respect for Mother Nature. In Fire and Wood this is shown both in the photography content and production method.

So the next time that you walk into a gallery, don’t be afraid to strut your stuff and ask how something is printed. What type of paper was used? Is it even printed on paper? Is there a guarantee as to how long it will last? So the next time somebody asks you what is hanging on your wall, you can confidently answer “Only the best”!

Creatively Yours,

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10 Responses to “What’s Good for the Environment, Looks Great on my Wall!”

  1. Vektor Says:

    Hmm, how can I check it? I know Mona Lisa looks good today and it is possible - but Leonardo did not promise anything about safety…

  2. Vkusnashka25 Says:

    Dear Vektor,

    Sure Leonardo gets credit for not making promises he knew he couldn’t keep, but have you ever really seen the Mona Lisa in person? It is currently being housed at the Louve in Paris in a glass, air-tight box behind a velvet rope. The box is kept at a constant temperature to prevent the paint from deteriorating even further than it already has. After 500 years (yes, it’s that old) it has been restored numerous times and despite being taken down for maintenance every two years, it STILL has yellow faded marks around the edges. I would not consider that being in “good condition.”
    Now take away the fact that it’s only the Mona Lisa and that the world’s most famous artist painted it, would you reeeeally want to have something like that hang on your wall?
    As far checking the quality, that’s easy. Most photos start to show aging after three years (some sooner). Hang an ordinary photo on the wall and one that was produced by Safari and set your stop watch to 3 years. Ready…Set…Hang!!!

  3. Vektor Says:

    I see, about Leonardo. (Actually, I never saw it myself). And yellow faded marks, I think, are suprise for collectioner, who buys it. In this case I also don’t understand all collectioners who buy paintings which will become yellow faded after years.

    But how can I know if Safari’s photos will not become yellow after 10 years? How can I know it now (potentially buying them)?

  4. Jonny Says:

    Простите, о каких вредных испарениях идет речь, если картина в раме и за стеклом? Неужели до сих пор используются краски на основе высокотоксичных соединений ртути и свинца? Или всю 1000 лет эти картины провисят в бункере без обмена воздухом с внешним миром?

    В моем представлении, срок существования картины в 200 или в 1000 лет для покупателя не играет никакой роли. Это за пределами его восприятия мира.

  5. Vkusnashka25 Says:

    Dear Jonny,

    My sincerist apologies for not being more clear about the meaning of “Off-Gassing.” This may sound like something your uncle does after dinner in the bathroom, but in reality Offgassing is the evaporation of volatile chemicals in non-metallic materials, such as ,glue, paints, stains, varnishes, carpet, insulation, flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops, plywood, particleboard, and paint strippers . This means that materials can release chemicals into the air through evaporation. This evaporation can continue for years after the products are initially installed which means you continue to breathe these chemicals as you work, sleep and relax in your home or office. Pictures hanging on your wall contain a ton of VOC’s in the varnishes on the frame, the glue that is used to mount the picture to its backing, and especially the chemicals that are used to print the picture itself.
    As far as having paintings hanging in a glass “bunker”, even that does not prevent it from deteriorating over time. In fact, the frame can start to crack and chip over time because it will dry out from the moisture in the air, and the glass will eventually start to cloud over with a translucent film. Why? Because of off-gassing! The glass which covers the picture does not make the picture air-tight. Therefore, any normal photo (Safari’s EXCLUDED) is still succeptable to cracks, fading and yellowing due to the natural elements in the air.
    Yes, 200 years for a painting to be around may not make a difference to you now, but 10 years may make a difference. Many paintings can’t even live that long. Also, can you imagine if the Mona Lisa only lived for 10 years? Or only 50 years? An obscene amount of money, time, and effort has been invested in preserving such a masterpiece so that future generations can be exposed to it rather than just see it in a textbook. Now imagine having the technology to make a picture last 100 years with little or no maintenance. THAT is why Safari’s photos are so great. You never know what this next photographer’s next masterpiece will be that you will want to preserve! You may never need it…but it is good to have it!

    Cheers to Technology!


  6. Vkusnashka25 Says:

    Dear Vektor,

    I’m rarely at a loss for words, but even I am a bit perplexed as to why Art Collectors would pay so much money for paintings that are faded and cracked. I guess it’s a passion for something that you absolutely love.

    Did you know that some collectors who buy these paintings don’t even display them on their walls? That’s right! The paintings are often put away in storage, or sometimes donated to museums for display or for safe keeping in thier climate controlled storage. Some collectors just like the idea that they own such a worthy piece. Others wait for the value of the paintig to go up. It’s sort of like owning antique cars. It may always sit in your garage and never leave the premises, but it makes you very proud to be the owner of such a rare and unique item.

    You never know how long a piece will last. It also depends on how you take care of it. Hmm, perhaps Safari should put a stamp on his pictures saying “Guaranteed for X-years…Or your money back”? Good idea vektor. I will definately suggest that to the Bosses! :O)))

    Creatively Yours,


  7. Anastasiy Safari Says:

    Regina, thank you very much! :)
    I just wanted to add some technical info about aging technologes. There are special methods for speeding up the aging of paper and photos dramatically. Photo is being placed into a chamber under a high temperature for 12-20 days, where it’s also being irradiated with an intense flux of radiation. So it recieves a “dose” which corresponds to an amount of radiation as if it is kept in normal conditions for hundred years!

  8. Vkusnashka25 Says:


    You would make a very good Professor! Thank you for that easily-understood, yet very informative comment. I did not know that :O)))

    “A day wihout learning, is a day wasted.”


  9. olg-brusnikina Says:

    интересная вещь, но действительно за тысячу лет может много чего случиться, может и останутся только эти картины, а нас уже не будет=)

  10. Ilya Gotfryd Says:

    Прелесть в том что ценность этих картин будет подниматся с развитием имени Анастасия. Так что налетай разберай. Его произведения стоят по меньшей мере поврдханной цены так как мы успешно продались.

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