Alex Zeng has taken his love of art collage and with the help of skills honed at the prestigious Chinese Academy of Art has reinvented the category. Individually cut imagery from magazines and art books are shaped and layered to create a treasure hunt of details to the viewer’s eye. The longer you look the more you see. Is the eye of that puppy really a photograph of a camera lens that takes on a new focus? The closer you look on the surface the more you experience the details that tell the story. Framed in solid New Zealand pine and protected by a tempered glass lens each piece is hand signed by the artist.
Empire Art Direct pioneered the development of tempered art glass panels four years ago and continues to expand on new generations utilizing this amazing digital technology married to our exclusive EAD Coop designs and licenses. Our newest iteration is now created by encasing our reverse printed glass with a strong aluminum frame with a minimalist profile made in brushed gold, silver, and black formats. The frame creates an aesthetic transition while still protecting and beautifying the central design of the artwork.
The Arte de Legno line of high definition U.V. printed giclee on solid fir wood planks is our most recent example of the beautiful synergies between state of the art technology and nature's elements. We hand select solid fir and select the best representations of fir planks that exemplify all of the finest characteristics of this sustainable natural wood. Then they are printed on either versions of whitewashed or the natural unpainted fir. The EAD Artist Coop provides the varied imagery that we select for this specific medium of alternative wall art from fine photography to grunge. Your customers will scream for joy having found a most unusual and unique example of art designed specifically for eclectic home environments.
Arte dell Acero is a new line of high definition U.V. printed imagery on magnificent genuine maple veneer. The maple is applied front and back to the highest quality furniture grade plywood available. This exotic and exclusive medium is our most recent example of the incredible synergies between state of the art technology and nature's created elements. Maple is one of the world's favorite and most expensive veneers and our artisans painstakingly hand select the finest examples of this sustainable natural wood. Then they are printed using the best UV wide format printers equipped with translucent inks. The EAD Artist Coop provides the varied imagery that we select for this specific medium of alternative wall art from fine photography to grunge to hand painted instant classics. Your customers will experience the ethereal delight having discovered a most unusual new art form.
Art has always been about exploration and the
pushing of boundaries. Sometimes, the medium itself has to change, breaking
away from the traditional canvas and experimenting with new ideas. This can
even mean resurrecting old ideas, such as sculpture, re-presented in a way that’s
perfect for the home. Arte De Metallo pieces are part wall art, part metal
sculpture. Each one is comprised of a complex framework of metal shapes with
the framework itself comprising much of the image and contributing to the
complexity of the piece. Metals lend themselves surprisingly well to artwork,
as they can be shaped, moulded and bent in many ways, modelled as wire or as
solid blocks, then painted or embellished. These works enjoy a special texture
thanks to the way they are raised and extruded from the wall, adding an almost
tactile layer to the enjoyment of observing them. The metallic nature of these
items also allows for interesting visual qualities, such as shining surfaces
Empire Art Direct is proud to feature circular canvases in printed and hand-painted mediums as well as reverse printed art glass in today's most compelling designs available from our EAD Coop consisting of hundreds of artists that are creating in every imaginable genre. Circular artwork played a critical role in art and architecture since before the golden age of the renaissance in the 14th century. It was then known as "tondo" art which was derived by the Italian word "rotondo" which is translated to "round" in english. Today circular art is making a huge comeback and EAD is leading the charge with Arte Rotunda being made using our proprietary designs and mediums.
Giclée inkjet printing is a very
high-quality process, common in galleries around the world for providing a very
detailed way to present artwork. Giclée preserves colours as well as details,
allowing whatever piece is printed to shine to its full glory. To give these
pieces a little more presence, the canvases have a bevelled outer edge. This
raises the image slightly from the wall, in a subtle but distinct way, while
keeping the majority of the image flat as intended. This method really helps
items to catch the attention of viewers, while also providing a kind of natural
framing from the way the light lands on each surface. The images are then
coated with a thick layer of epoxy to give the artwork a glasslike finish.
Pieces in the bevelled, hand painted range
benefit from a slightly raised canvas. The bevelled edge extrudes the image
from the wall, a 3D effect which retains a flat surface for the majority of the
image, to keep the intentions of the original art intact. The effect is just
enough to make the art literally stand out, while also catching the light in
various ways, giving more depth to the image. These hand painted items deserve
the extra attention, with a stunning display of talent and nuance. The hand
painted artworks are then coated with a thick layer of epoxy to give the
artwork a glasslike finish.
Martin Edwards loves the texture and feel of paint and the sensuous beauty of color and tries to make the most of these two elements in his original works of art. There is an excitement about painting with such extreme texture. This style shouts movement and mood as it moves across the canvas and the color only serves to intensify the emotion displayed. This new series titled Bold Neutrals plays with subtle variations in technique and color combinations. Bold Neutrals is the epitome of this devotion to newness and synergy between heavily textured neutrals and metallic paints.
The same techniques that the ancient Romans used to build
the Coliseum and aqueducts are apparent in our unique CalceFerro Collection.
Calce (Cement) and Ferro (Iron) combine to create a modern take on classic
materials that have lasted through the ages. A set of two Pedestals, Cocktail,
Console and End Tables, 3-Shelf Etagere and an impressive 44” Wall Clock will
create an unforgetable statement of design savvy and confidence.
Alex Zeng has taken his
love of art collage and with the help of skills honed at the prestigious Chinese
Academy of Art has reinvented the category. Individually cut imagery from
magazines and art books are shaped and layered to create a treasure hunt of
details to the viewer’s eye. The longer you look the more you see. Is the eye
of that puppy really a photograph of a camera lens that takes on a new
focus? The closer you look on the
surface the more you experience the details that tell the story. Framed in
solid New Zealand pine and protected by
a tempered glass lens each piece is hand signed by the artist.
The Empire Art Direct collection of
contemporary mirrors are designed with a modern panache that
represents the true personification of current and future trends
in the fashion of home furnishings. The world of contemporary design often
relies on accented walls to tie in a complete and synergistic look.
Our designers pride themselves on utilizing very curious
and alternative textures as well as clean lines that act to transform
your environs with what always becomes an interesting conversation piece,
while maintaining the simplicity that is contemporary style. Shagreen in
metallic textures are emblematic of this stylistic presentation. The Tempered
Art Glass Beveled Mirrors Collection continued the tradition of unique and
exclusive designs and mediums introduced by our trendsetting design team.
This eclectic collection of tables and
pedestals are covered in on trend faux exotic animal skins including silver,
gold and colors of shagreen (stingray skin), snakeskin and ostrich. Perfectly scaled accents are supremely useful
and create surprising pockets of fashion in your room. Most are meticulously welded and ground making
for smooth professional joinery. Metal surfaces are all solid stainless steel and polished to a
lustrous sheen. Look at these gems and
decide which ones you cannot live without.
Art and fashion are so closely intertwined,
it can be hard to tell them apart, or even have one without the other. The
Fashionista range by Jodi epitomises this connection, playing on the edgy,
eccentric side of fashion that blends so well with unusual and bold artwork.
Both dare the viewer somewhat, from the striking red shoes of Boss Lady to the
defiant gesture of Love and Skulls. These artworks are passionate, trendy and
direct, yet retain the depth and room for exploration seen in traditional art.
Silver canvases, gold colours and chic watercolours are used to great effect,
creating a contemporary but playful set of works. These items are as carefully
curated as the wardrobes of the rich and famous, yet appearing casual and fun,
ideal for a home or gallery space that’s young at heart. Anyone who enjoys a
hot coffee on the way to work, a sparkling new set of shoes, the style of the
latest perfume bottle or the challenging but rewarding crush of the
metropolitan rat-race will love this tongue-in-cheek representation of that
For as long as man has been recording history, artistic developments have reflected the societies in which they occur. The history of fresco painting is closely bound, and a reflection of history of art in general. Fresco which literally means "fresh" in Italian is a form of painting directly applied to wet plaster. Using old world techniques and state of the art printing technology we have reinvented the art of fresco into a transitional medium. Wet plaster hand applied to natural jute on a solid wood frame is printed with a broad range of art styles from the Empire Art Direct Coop to make every edition a unique work of art.
Our amazing new line of Funky, Fab & Chic are based on the original designs of British artist Kelly Stevens that are superimposed onto antiquarian book pages. These are digital reproductions of genuine pages from the 1800's and so they are steeped in history. Kelly is a lover of the absurd and whimsical which comes across in her unusual artworks. Kelly mainly focus on animals in her art as they take the human characteristics that she sees in them and exaggerates them. Sometimes its takes the direction of an amusing image, but other times she likes to give her animals an elegance, often inspired by the Regency and Victorian eras. Each piece of art is giclee printed on canvas and then beautifully framed ornate high gloss baroque frame available in black or white.
Some of the beautiful naturally occurring minerals in nature
are showcased in cut and polished geodes. Geologists refer to geodes as their
own “Tootsie Pops” – hard on the outside with a wonderful surprise in the middle.
Geodes are a variable phenomenon, which means they may be created in various
different ways. The term “Geode” is derived from the Greek word Geoides which
means “earthlike”. A geode is a round rock, which contains a hollow cavity
lined with crystals. Ours are interpretations of geodes that have been crosscut
and polished. Beautifully framed in wood, the geodes are either mounted on
shagreen or gilded iron crossbars.
Made popular in the golden age of the Renaissance gilt frames and furniture adorned the finest estates and palazzos. We at EAD have a different take from the ordinary as we utilize the same centuries old techniques and craftsmanship to hand assemble five inch squares of metal leaf to embellish our natural canvas and create a new category of alternative art. Marrying this classic medium with today's state of the art digital reproduction technology would make Leonardo take a second look as we garner the most exquisite results in the newest of our alternative mediums. Enjoy the richness of this marriage as we explore the most traditional to the most contemporary of art. No two art canvases will be the same as our artisans create the most perfect of imperfections by adhering the paper thin leaf to the face and depth of these gallery wraps.
Lee Huart has created a style of mixed media that has set her apart from other artists. First she takes sheets of aluminum and grinds them by hand to create a surface that has dimension and details of distress. Then her varied designs are hand painted in heavily textured acrylics. After these works are painted they are then mounted onto a solid wood stretched canvas. When Lee is sure the quality is perfect the art is signed and then our proprietary Crystallus finish is poured over the painting to create a finish so high in gloss that it appears to be encased in a thick layer of glass tricking the eye with depth.
What better name for art that shifts with movement? Kinetic energy
is the force of motion, the driving energy that makes all things possible, that
turns the stagnant into the active and shakes things up. In many ways, all art
is kinetic, but this range epitomises the name by changing with the motion of
the observer. These pieces utilize raised, perpendicular strips of artwork,
each assembled by hand, that allows one image to portray several aspects. As
the viewer moves from left to right, three distinct pictures can be seen from
the framed art, allowing one space to display three complimentary artworks. Why
have a single image of a tiger, when you can have three which represent
different aspects of the creature? Kinetic is a range of art that creates
talking points and actively prompts viewers to engage with it, moving and
discovering. There is even a random, serendipitous kind of art to be found
between the phases. The raised medium of pieces in the Kinetic range adds its
own unusual texture to each image. Each piece is protected in the shadowbox
treatment with protective glass.
Virtually every product we use, from mundane to cutting
edge, has taken a trip to the U.S. Patent Office. Thousands upon thousands of original product
drawings, designs and specifications are enshrined in the halls of this great
institution. Empire Art has arranged to
interpret many of the most fun and unique patent drawings in our own special way. EAD’s Patent Office
creations are presented in two separate mediums: Vetro de Arte, our tempered
art glass process; and gallery wrapped giclees. Ranging from sports (baseball mitt, basketball
goal, golf clubs) to famous kids toys (Slinky or Barbie anyone?) to big boy and
girl toys (Motorcycle designed by Mr. Harley himself!) Our Patent Office
collections makes for fun décor at a
great value. Art for anywhere at home, office or hospitality.
The Pop Culture World of Pets Rock™– Where Pets meet Celebrity.
Award winning brand Pets Rock™is a striking play on our passion for pets and the cult of celebrity.
The Pets Rock™phenomenon has spread from it’s London base to leading stores around the world, who’s customers are barking mad for our furry friends.
Pets Rock™is taking its name literally as its unique humor and style is rocking it’s way around the globe.
With more than 60 characters in the Pets Rock™world and many more waiting to be let off the leash you’re never far from one of our pop culture pets!
“These are real pets, not real celebrities. The well-known individuals have not had any involvement in the creation of the images and they have not approved them, nor has their approval been sought for the publication of these images.”
We have chosen a select group of Pets Rock™ characters and created special gift collections of insanely
cute tempered square glass coasters,
adorable fridge magnets and clocks that make you smile whenever you
check the time. The Pop Culture World of Pets Rock™– Where Pets meet Celebrity.
Award winning brand Pets Rock™ is a striking play on our passion for pets and
the cult of celebrity. The Pets Rock™ phenomenon has spread from it’s London
base to leading stores around the world, who’s customers are barking mad
for our furry friends. Pets Rock™ is taking its name literally as its unique
humor and style is rocking it’s way around the globe. With more than 60
characters in the Pets Rock™ world and many more waiting to be let off the
leash you’re never far from one of our pop culture pets! “These are real pets,
not real celebrities. The well-known individuals have not had any involvement
in the creation of the images and they have not approved them, nor has their
approval been sought for the publication of these images.”
The Pop Culture World of Pets Rock™– Where Pets meet Celebrity. Faux silk pillows are now adorned with our award winning brand Pets Rock™which is a striking play on our passion for pets and the cult of celebrity. The Pets Rock™phenomenon has spread from it’s London base to leading stores around the world, who’s customers are barking mad for our furry friends. Pets Rock™is taking its name literally as its unique humor and style is rocking it’s way around the globe. With more than 60 characters in the Pets Rock™world and many more waiting to be let off the leash you’re never far from one of our pop culture pets! “These are real pets, not real celebrities. The well-known individuals have not had any involvement in the creation of the images and they have not approved them, nor has their approval been sought in the making of these images.
Artist Primo is proud to present his three dimensional iron and wood mixed media wall sculpture collection. This new collection represents the culmination of Primo's dream to take his original artwork and make them available to all that love his concepts in a way that is affordable to all. These individual unique originals are hand
painted and signed works of art that are renown for Primo's skills of manipulating
iron into a textured work of art with extraordinary depth and skill. This industrial style
of mixed media can also be presented outdoors as long as it is varnished every
year, as it will take on a patina characteristic that is inherent in its
Our new line of reverse printed tempered glass was inspired by the French technique of Verre Eglomise in which artist's literally painted the back of clear glass so that when viewed from the front brought the painting to life under the depth of the glass. Dimension and color enhancement are achieved by glass like no other medium and we are utilizing state of the art technology to translate this historical form of art so it is both affordable and fabulous when displayed frame-less with a simple hidden hanging system that floats the glass only on the wall. Gallery art and hyper realistic photography make this a must have medium for all.