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Additional questions you may have which are not shown below are always very welcome.

Phone us at 651-222-4767
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1. Can you email a photo of the actual print, framed piece, notecard, etc. before an order is placed? Absolutely.
2. What is your return policy? Any item purchased, online or at the gallery, can be exchanged for a full credit on a future purchase. Cash, Check or Credit Card refunds are not available.

3. What if I don't want to give my credit card over the Internet? That's fine, simply continue through the ordering process until it asks you for a credit card number, then simply choose "check" or "phone" as a payment option and we will receive your order electronically. You can then give us your credit card number over the phone, or write us a check, and as soon as we receive payment, we'll ship your order.
4. What does Copyright mean? In all cases, all Hosko artwork is Copyrighted by the artist – the artist has the sole right to copy and reproduce the image. Reproducing the image without expressed written permission is illegal. If a client has purchased an original or commissioned an original, the artist will still retain all Copyrights, unless it is expressly written that the client retains limited or all Copyrights to the piece.


5. Can a particular print size be ordered in addition to those offered? In most cases, if it is a Signed/Numbered print, a variation to the size offered is limited to increasing or decreasing its size by not more than 25% for an additional fee of 25%.
6. Some black and white (b&w) 11”x8” or 17”x11” Hosko prints include a title under the image. Can this be done for other available images of the same size, and at no additional cost? Yes, and yes.

7. What is an ‘Oil-highlight’? On all canvas prints, unless directed otherwise, the artist will add small amounts of matching oil paint with his brush around select areas of the reproductions. The effect of the slightly raised paint improves the overall image and gives the subtle illusion the print may be an original. Once the high-lights have dried, several days typically, a conservation varnish is added over the entire canvas image to give it additional luster.
8. What does ‘Signed/Numbered’ (S/N) mean? 1. After the piece was completed, the artist signs his last name to all original illustrations and paintings. This signature remains visible in all reproductions. Additionally, all authentic reproductions will be ‘Signed’ William L. Hosko (Bill Hosko on photographic prints) in pencil, pen or marker, depending on the material the image has been printed on. 2. ‘Numbered’ is the number of prints that will be made of that image and or size. Example: ‘10/999’, means this is the number 10 print in an edition size of 999 copies. Additionally, please note: most ‘Signed/Numbered’ images are reproduced in two sizes. Having a reproduction ‘Numbered’ assures the buyer that only a limited amount of the pieces will be made – which often over time makes art reproductions more collectable and valuable.

9. What does ‘Signed/Open edition’ (S/OE) mean? 1. ‘Signed’ is covered above. 2. ‘Open edition’ means the artist retains the right to print any number of this image and in any size – most Hosko art pieces however, are and will remain ‘Signed/Numbered’ and limited in quantity. Additionally, all authentic ‘Open edition’ prints or photos will be signed ‘Signed’ William L. Hosko in pencil, pen or marker, depending on the material the image has been printed on.
10. What does ‘Artist’s Proof’ (A/P) mean? With all Signed/Numbered prints there will be Artist’s Proofs – typically numbering 10% of the full edition size. Artist’s Proofs, being more rare, will typically sell for 50% more than the regular ‘Numbered’ edition prints. The name ‘Artist’s Proofs’ came into being generations ago when the printing process was not as exact as today. While the edition was being printed on the press, the artist or their representative, would pull out a print regularly as they came off the machine to check for color consistency. Though this need has passed with modern printing technology, the reserving of Artist’s Proofs continues.

11. What does ‘Printer’s Proof’ (A/P) mean? In most cases with the Artist, a handful of very small prints are made when having his original art piece ‘scanned’ in order that it can be reproduced. These small prints, typically 10” across or less, are used to check for color consistency with the Original. Once this has been achieved with the artist’s approval, the larger prints can be made. Printer’s Proofs, being even more rare, are very collectible and will typically sell for as much or more than full-size prints.
12. Why are most Hosko Signed/Numbered editions 999? Bill’s birthday is 9/9. He has always been drawn to the number 9.