Here at A Little bit of Art, we're rather passionate about prints. We see them as an affordable way to bring quality work to those that love having great artwork on their walls.
When we first started in the Art world, many moons ago, we were part of that clique who thought that prints were just reproductions, but over time, working with printmakers, visiting their studios, seeing the time, effort and skill that goes into printmaking of all forms, we realise they are far from being repros they are original works of art that are created by the artist.
If you've got designs on being the next Saatchi but haven't quite got the wallet to match, then collecting prints are an excellent place to start. A limited edition print may be the fraction of the price of an original 'one off' work by the same artist, but the skill involved may be similar to that of a traditional painting.
Printmaking has been an artform for thousands of years, so it is no surprise that methods practiced are often time and labour intensive. With Etching for example, the "original" artwork is directly drawn onto the plate, when a plate has been inked only one image can be produced from that plate, the plate is then cleaned and fresh ink applied. So, whilst each print comes from the same plate, each image will vary from the last.
Prints come in editions and this edition number is often written by the artist at the base of the work. for example, 2/100 is edition no 2 of 100 prints in total. Obviously the smaller the edition size the more exclusive the work and so a premium can be charged for works in smaller editions. Some artists also hand finish their prints, again creating pieces that are more exclusive.
To us, prints are exciting because of the processes involved, and we can sometimes get a bit carried away at shows when you meet us in person chit chatting about the number of colours in a screenprint or the hours it took for a plate to be produced. So over the next few days we're going to publish a nifty glossary of printmaking terms to ease you into the Printmaking world. Keep your eyes peeled !