A "user-friendly" guide for all your fine art possiblilites
With all the new print offerings, it can sometimes be difficult to understand how one kind of print differs from another, and to feel confident about selecting one. As the pubisher, we have compiled the following guide to help you better understand the printing techniques that we choose to best replicate original paintings.
A fine art ink-jet print is as delicate as an original watercolor; please treat it as such. In addition to the general guidelines above, please consider the following:
Be careful not to touch the surface of the image or let any liquid whatsoever come into contact with it. If you must handle the print, protect the areas to be touched with folded pieces of acid-free tissue. Support the long sides of the print with both hands.
Preparing your print for exhibition, matting, framing, shipping, or storage should be done by experienced persons only.
Avoid direct sunlight, reflected light and fluorescent light when displaying your ink-jet print, and consider rotating the print into storage on a three-month cycle.
Look for classic quality and consistent beauty in all our offset lithographic prints. This process affordably allows more people to own and enjoy a single work of art on paper than the original painting would.
Whichever work of art you choose, each offers its own unique qualities, and all offer you the pride and pleasure of owning a superlative work of art that might not otherwise be available. At The Linda Hartough Gallery, we will always choose the paintmaking technique that best suits the original.
These are created by offset lithographic printing directly on canvas, as opposed to on paper.
This unique and valuable technique replicates the look and feel of an original painting, including canvas texture and artist's brush strokes.
Also commonly known as silk-screening, serigraphy is a time-honored technique, based on stenciling, for creating prints by hand.
Acid Free: A descriptive term for specially made materials -- used for the print itself or in the framing process -- that are free of acids, which can cause discoloration and deterioration of a print.
Certificate of Authenticity: A statement of the authenticity of a limited edition. Documentation includes edition size and artist's proofs, title of work, artist's name, and date of release. Also known as a "warranty card," this document guarantees that the edition is indeed limited and that the image will not be published again as a fine art print.
Conservation Framing: The method of framing a print in such a way that the print remains undamaged, in its original condition. This is accomplished through the use of special high-quality components, including acid-free materials, to protect the work of art from deterioration, fading and wear.
Countersignature: On a limited editon, the signature of someone in addition to the artist, often adding historical value to the work of art.
Edition, Limited: A fixed number of identical prints of an images, signed by the artist, sequentially numbered, and showing both the print's number and the total edition size. Each print is referred to as a "limited edition print."
Edition, Open: Identical prints of an images, which are signed by the artist and published in unlimited number.
Proof, Artist's (AP): Additional prints not included in the regular limited edition, produced for the printer's consideration and approval.
Proof, Printer's: A small number of additional prints not included in the regular limited edition, produced for the printer's consideration and approval.
Proof of Copyright Registration: One or two prints, produced in addition to the limited edition, which are sent by the publisher to the government agency responsible for copyright protection in the coutry in which the print is published.
Remarque: An original or printed drawing or marking made by the artist, usually in the margin of a limited edition print or on a small separate sheet of paper that accompanies the limited edition print. A remarque, especially if original, can add substantially to the value of a limited edition print.
Secondary Market: An unofficial network of dealers and individuals where the buying and selling of fine art prints takes place.