What is an ORIGINAL digital fine art print?
An original digital fine art print is original artwork that was created digitally and printed by a high-resolution inkjet printer using long-lasting pigment-based inks and an archival quality substrate (paper or canvas).
Is an original digital fine art print the same thing as a “giclée”?
With respect to the printing process, yes. The term giclée began as a description of the way a fine art inkjet printer sprays ink onto a surface. Giclée has become, however, the label for inkjet-produced reproductions of art created in another medium, such as an oil painting. If a print is labelled giclée, ask if it is a reproduction or an original digital fine art print.
What’s the difference between an OPEN edition and a LIMITED edition?
An edition refers to the number of art prints created from one image.
Open editions refer to a print that may be produced an indefinite number of times.
Limited editions refer to a finite number of prints that are made from one image. Limited editions are numbered by the artist with two numbers separated by a slash. The first number indicates the sequence in which the print was made. The second number indicates the total number of prints in the edition. A print numbered “10/50” is the tenth print made in an edition of fifty. Once the fifty prints in the edition have been produced, the edition is retired and will not be printed again.
Limited editions also include a number of artist’s proofs that are retained by the artist for her own use or that are sometimes sold by the artist after the limited edition has been exhausted. Artist’s proofs are designated “AP” and numbered in the same manner as limited edition prints.
Prints are custom-made one at a time by the artist and his staff in the studio. The in-studio printmaking process takes from 3 — 5 working days. We use long-lasting Epson UltraChrome pigment inks and acid-free, 100% cotton rag fine art paper and coated cotton canvas. After printing, the print is dried for 24 hours and trimmed to finished size. Limited edition prints are titled, numbered, embellished and signed by the artist. Open edition prints are titled and signed by the artist. All limited edition paper prints are embossed with the studio’s printmaker hallmark.
How is my print made?
You should handle fine art prints with great care, just as you would any other type of artwork. You should protect it against light, water, moisture, airborne contaminants, and fingerprints; it is still susceptible to damage.
The best way to preserve and display your print is to have it professionally matted and framed with museum-quality materials. If you’re framing the print yourself, use only “acid-free” mats, backing board, hinges or adhesive, and framing. Always use a mat; digital fine art prints should not touch the glass in a frame.
Does a digital fine art print require special handling?
How long will my print last?
The print permanence of the ink-and-paper combination used in our studio has been tested by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. and rated at 82 years (archivally framed prints displayed under glass), 160 years (archivally framed prints displayed under UV-filtering glass), and 68 years (unframed prints). The coating applied to the finished print may double the lightfast ratings if framed with archival materials and UV-filtering glazing. These estimates are not a guarantee, only a rating based on extensive testing by industry experts.
Although my actual print sizes are unique, they are formatted for standard size frames. You will need custom mat.
Will my print fit in a standard-size mat and frame?
Do I receive some kind of documentation about my print?
Yes. You will receive a Bill of Sale that completely describes your print, including the title, date, information about the edition number and size (if a limited edition), materials used, etc. A “certificate of authenticity” is available on request.