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About Gallery Cayenne & The Artist Shakor

Gallery Cayenne

Gallery Cayenne features fine art with the spice of New Orleans by internationally renowned artist Shakor. His mix of contemporary and classical painting techniques exhibits diversity and intense imagery. He inspires the imagination and feeds the human spirit. Shakor adds color to life.

Gallery Cayenne

Shakor was born B. Cameron White in Brooklyn, New York. His chosen name SHAKOR means “Black Son of the Right Hand” symbolizing his spiritual and cultural awareness.

At age 4, Shakor’s talent was discovered by his mother as he mimicked his elder brother Darvin drawing figures from a comic book. Shakor, a native of New York, was strongly influenced by the many prestigious museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The Museum of Natural History and the Brooklyn Museum.

Shakor attended the High School of Art and Design where he solidified a firm foundation in professional art techniques and commercial design. The training earned him full college scholarships from Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design and his alma mater The Cooper Union. At age 19, while attending The Cooper Union, Shakor began his professional career as a graphic design artist and cartoonist with The Big Apple After Five weekly newspaper. In 1984, Shakor relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a position as a graphic design artist and cartoonist with The Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, where he was ultimately promoted to production manager.

By 1990, Shakor relocated once more -- to New Orleans. By this time, Shakor’s artistic abilities provided a diverse range of painting techniques. He is a sculptor, graphic artist, muralist and home décor stylist, exhibiting mastery and extensive knowledge of his craft. These extensive skills allow Shakor to to paint photo-realistic portraits, abstract, impressionism and cubism. This ability is rare and separates him from the average class of artists and sets Shakor in the category of possessing the skills comparable to the greatest artists of all time!

Shakor is operator and owner of his own art gallery, Gallery Cayenne. The gallery is located in the center of the historic French Quarter of New Orleans across from Jackson Square and the world famous St. Louis Cathedral. This prime location allows his art to be collected by people visiting from abroad as well as home.

Shakor’s objective is to create high quality fine art and to provide customers with his original paintings that appreciate in value for investors. He also offers affordable archival Giclees, which also increase in value. The Artist’s prime directive is to visually stimulate and share his gift with the world. Come experience the Spice and add color to your life at Gallery Cayenne in New Orleans at 702 Decatur Street next to Café Du Monde.

About the Product

What is a Giclee?

Giclee Reproductions

The Definition: Giclee (Zhee-Klay) – The French word “giclee” is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning “to squirt”. The phrase “giclee reproduction” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art and photo-base paper. The giclee reproduction process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process: Giclee archival reproductions are created typically using professional 8 -color to 12 -color archival ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, C anon, and Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed reproductions for both fine art and photographic markets. The apparatus actually sprays (squirts) the image onto the media like an airbrush, creating the appearance of an original painting on canvas. Canvas giclees are then wrapped onto natural wood stretcher bars then coated with an acrylic varnish to protect the image from minor damage and moisture. Shakor (Gallery Cayenne) uses this process to reproduce his paintings on archival art papers or on canvas with a 44- inch format machine.

The Value: The Value of the giclee reproduction rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing process and is commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries. Gallery Cayenne uses a 12 color archival ink cartridges that cost between $170.00 and $270.00. That is a minimum of $2,040 .00 for the ink alone, not including art paper and premium canvas. Numerous examples of giclee reproductions can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee reproductions have fetched $10,800 to $22,800.

The Advantages: Giclee reproductions are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of lithographic mass production for a single image edition is eliminated. In the past if an artist wanted to reproduce 10 of his paintings the lithographic mass production fees would cost from $10,000 to $50,000. This does not give an artist the opportunity to recoup his investment immediately in fact it may take decades. Archived digital files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently fade. Another tremendous advantage of giclee reproduction is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client. Gallery Cayenne provides these services and more.