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The majority of my works are made from Gicleé prints.
Gicleé fine art printing is a digital technique that coats archival mediums with pigment based inks. It has almost replaced traditional lithographic printing and if very popular in fine art photography. The key differences with Gicleé is that only one print is produced at a time, and every time it is 99.9% the same as the last print. Provided the printer never changes his printer or the paper type everything is consistent. I do all my own printing on my own Canon Ipf machine.
Current Gicleé printing technology gives the highest level of detail and the most brilliant colours available. The resolution of Gicleé prints is actually higher than traditional lithographic prints. In addition to the higher level of detail and colour, Gicleé prints also have a longer life span with fade-resistant, archival inks. The ink and paper used are estimated to be light fast for at least 100 years.
Prints are produced in editions, some people get confused or don't understand much about edition-ed prints.
Basically there are two types of editions, Open-edition and Limited-edition.
- Open edition prints do not have a limit on the quantity of reproductions. These prints may still have titles, signatures, embossing registrations.
- Limited edition prints are set to a predetermined quantity of reproductions. They can range from a small quantity of 2 to a large quantity of 500. A Smaller edition size is considered to be more valuable. These limited editions are normally hand signed and numbered by the artist,
typically in pencil, in the form: 14/100. The first number is the
number of the print itself. The second number is the number of overall
prints the artist will print of that image. The lower the second number
is, the more valuable and collectible the limited editions are considered to
be, within whatever their price range is. "Artists'
proofs" may also be produced as well, signed and with "AP", "proof" etc. Traditionally there should be a very low percentage of AP. I never make more than two AP's.
Certificate of authenticity.
A certificate of authenticity (COA) is a document commonly with a seal on paper authenticating a specific art work which is made to demonstrate that the item is authentic. It includes specific details about the artwork like when and how it was produced, the names of the creators involved in the artwork's production, etc.
COA are not necessary a must for artworks, but most collectors do require a COA. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding issues of illegitimate COA.
My COA are all produced by myself and come with my own embossed seal. Only limited edition works come with a COA.
Handling art works
To ensure the longevity of the prints you must take care of them. It is recommended that when you receive your print you only unpack it before framing, you should avoid touching the print as much as possible. Rolled prints should be laid flat with tissue/acid-free paper over them for at least one day before framing, this ensures that it will sit properly in the frame. Artworks should be kept out of direct sun light.
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