In general, the artist makes the original print himself/herself.
The printmaking process involves the drawing, carving, inking and press printing. Therefore, each print is an original, handcrafted art piece. Sometimes, a workshop will assist the artist with the printing process; however, the printing will still be guided by the artist.
What does ‘limited edition’ mean?
The artist decides before the printing process how many times the matrix (plate, block) will be printed. The artist cannot add more prints to this edition later. He/she can decide to make a second edition. This should differ from the previous one.
Most commonly, the prints in an edition are numbered on the lower part of the paper. For example: 1/100 meaning this is the first of 100 prints made. The artist can add trial prints or test copies at the beginning, or in between each edition, most commonly labelled as A/P (Artist’s Proof) or E.A. (épreuve d'artiste).
There is no additional value in the Artist’s Proof or the first (or any special number) in the edition, as all prints are handmade and therefore the same.
What’s a multiple?
In general, multiple in art means that an artwork (print and sculpture) is made as an edition, with the intention of selling. Contemporary artists commonly use this term for artworks that are made in larger numbers, to be more affordable.
How do I know a print is authentic?
The materials used will be of high quality. For example, the paper chosen by the artist will be professional paper suited to the ink used and the printing technique. A handwritten signature, along with the number of the edition (if it is part of one), will also help confirm the authenticity.
Do I need a certificate of authenticity?
No, there is no need for a certificate. Generally, the artwork is authentic if it is properly signed and numbered.
If required, we will provide a certificate of authenticity, along with all the relevant information, including the printing technique.
Are there exceptions?
Sure. Occasionally, a print may be a monoprint, meaning that the artist added a detail to the print on top of the original print (e.g., hand coloured lino cut). This process makes a print unique.
Sometimes, artists don’t care so much about rules (like numbering).
Now and then, a gallery, or the artist’s heirs, publish posthumous editions.
Why would I buy a print instead of a unique painting?
Printmaking requires just as much craftsmanship as painting on a canvas. The joy in buying a print is that it is more affordable and easier to access. Contemporary and post war printmaking is a highly professional artform and is becoming more and more recognised as a fine art medium by international museums and galleries.