Art Jargon Revealed

With every specialism there can be jargon and terminologies that are not always easy to understand, the art world is no exception. Ever wondered what a Giclee print is? Or what an artist proof is? Look no further as all is explained.

Giclée printing is the most accurate representation of an original piece of art. This process uses sophisticated printers and specially tested colour fast inks, quality paper and canvas.

When a limited edition print of  an original is made, the print sometimes goes back into the artist’s studio to work into the piece further, by either adding more paint, ink or more detail. This process is called embellishment, and can appear very effective. Embellished art is a great way of owning your favourite artist’s work without the large price tag that goes along with an original.

Just Listen by Lawrence Coulson

Just Listen by Lawrence Coulson

Limited Edition Art
There is a growing demand in the art world for limited edition prints which bridge the gap between paying a high amount for a one off original piece of art, and a low cost for a mass produced print. Limited edition prints are produced using many different technique including giclee, sometimes the limited edition prints will go back into the artist’s studio to give each piece a unique quality. Limited edition art will always include two numbers, the first is where that exact piece comes in the edition and the second is the total amount in the edition, eg. 34/195. Please note, as it limited edition, once the entire edition has all been purchased, there will be NO more made and no more available.

Low Edition number
How small or large the number on the limited edition size can sometimes determine how valuable the piece is. For example if you were to invest in a Rolf Harris limited edition print that was 2/95, or 715/895, the more valuable piece would be the first as it appears lower down on the edition size and is from a small edition in total. There are art collectors that will only purchase low limited edition art, which pushes up demand for that piece.

Artist Proof
Artist’s proofs began back when limited editions created by hand on a lithograph press. The artist’s proofs were the first prints pulled off a fresh ” printing plate” (the plate which was drawn or etched by the artist to create the prints). The plate wore down as the number of prints was increased, so that the APs were the sharpest and most colorful of the lot. Due to the sophistication of printing technology all the prints in an edition are nearly identical. Artist’s proofs are generally signed “AP” or “Artist’s Proof” alongside where the exact piece comes in the edition against the entire Artist Proof edition size, eg. 7/10AP. Artist’s proofs are generally considered a status symbol in the world of art collecting because of their small subset size of the edition.

New York, I Love You by Paul Kenton

New York, I Love You by Paul Kenton

Edition Sold Out from publishers
Most successful artists have their limited edition art published through a publishing house, as soon as the entire edition is sold out from the publishers, it will only be available through galleries across the country.

Certificate of Authenticity
When purchasing a limited edition piece of art it is expected to receive a certificate which includes the title and artist of the piece of art, the edition number and total edition number alongside any extra editions, eg. artist proof. Also the certificate needs to include the artist’s signature and a signature from the artist’s publishing house. This certificate is called the Certificate of Authenticity and is usually located on the back of the piece, it can also be listed at the C.O.A.

Mixed Media
Artists are constantly finding new ways of creating bespoke and unique art. Using a mixed media approach allows them to experiment with a mixture of materials that are not necessarily traditionally used together. This can include a simple mixture of paint and pastel, or go onto create quote a complicated piece of work from paper, wood, resin, soil, recyled paper, glue, glitter, three-dimensional objects and much more. The possibilities of mixed media are as endless as the artist’s imagination.

Serenity by Kerry Darlington from her Tree of Tranquility series

Serenity by Kerry Darlington from her Tree of Tranquility series

Resin Layered Acrylic
There is a current trend using resin and paint amongst mixed media artists including; Kerry Darlington, Chloe Nugent and Sarah Louise Ewing. This fusion of clear resin and paint creates a high impact piece of work with empowering colour and a high gloss finish. This also adds a layer of protection for the mixed media piece of art.

Artworx Gallery

Artworx Gallery

For more information visit Artworx Gallery
Alternatively call 01952 820397 or email
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7AU

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