Unsure about buying wall art? In this blog post, I aim to address some of the commonly asked questions and concerns associated with purchasing this kind of artwork.
What is the difference between limited edition prints and open edition prints?
Limited edition prints refer to a limited number of prints produced from an original artwork. Print runs vary, depending on the artist’s preference. Prints of my artwork are typically produced in runs of 50, with the exception of my village scenes. Essentially, when they are gone, they are gone. Because of the limited nature of the artwork, all of my prints come with a signed certificate of authenticity, to assure provenance. My limited edition prints are typically the same size as the original artwork.
Open edition prints, however, are unlimited in terms of the numbers that are printed. For this reason, I don’t provide a certificate of authenticity. They are, however, still signed. My open edition prints are a smaller version of the original: usually mounted to fit in a 10×8 inch frame.
Both types of prints that I produce are the same in terms of quality and lifespan.
If you want to get even more technical, my drawings are printed using museum quality, Fine Art Trade Guild approved equipment, inks and paper. The papers (including mounts) and inks are acid free and comply with the highest archival quality standards. In terms of paper, my prints are produced on Hahnemühle’s 290gsm Bamboo paper (90% Bamboo fibre, 10% Cotton, natural white), which is one of the world’s finest environmentally focused digital fine art papers and the first to be made from Bamboo fibres.
What is giclee printing?
Giclee is a fine art digital printing process that achieves an inkjet print of superior quality, light-fastness and stability. The process involves spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based inks onto high quality art paper. It is colour-corrected to achieve a finish that is as close to the original as possible.
Where should I hang artwork?
In order to keep your print or original artwork in good condition and to prolong its lifespan, avoid hanging in direct sunlight or in humid environments. Under conditions found in the average house, giclee prints last around forty years; in low light conditions, they should last over a hundred years.
What about framing?
Following on from the point above, in terms of ensuring that the artwork lasts for as long as possible, it should be framed either by a professional framer, or if you are framing it yourself, by using pH neutral mount board and backing materials (all of my artwork is supplied with an archival quality mount and acid free back. Original drawings are mounted and framed).
I understand that framing can be a daunting process, which is why I aim to make it as painless as possible by supplying all of my prints already mounted up to fit straight into standard-sized frames – these can be purchased easily online or in high street shops – and my original drawings are mounted and framed already.
Lastly, I know that many people struggle with colour choice when it comes to purchasing and framing. The fact that all of my artwork is black and white largely negates this concern: my originals are mounted in charcoal-black mount board and framed in a black wooden frame; my prints are mounted using a soft neutral-white mount board – I recommend that a plain black frame is chosen to set off the artwork perfectly. Black is one of those colours that goes with pretty much any other colour and is always on trend, so you’ll be able to place your artwork amongst your existing colour palette without having to redecorate!