- The most limited and valued of an artist's editions, these are very
limited in the number available. In some cases, they are the actual proofs
created by the printer and sent to the artist for approval. The artist
then selects the proof which meets his quality standards for printing.
- A term for a painting, or other 2-dimensional work of art, and the number
of prints of that same title by the artist. For example, 250 prints were
made of Pomm's painting, "Rue De Bois". One could say, then,
"in the edition of 'Rue De Bois' there are only has 250 prints
total." The edition could be "open," meaning there is no
limit to the number of prints made.
Giclee ( zhee-clay)
- French word meaning basically a "spray of water." It is a
special printing process where archival inks, in millions of colors, are
sprayed onto paper or canvas to create a print as close to the original
painting as possible,
- Means there is a limited number of prints made. When the limited editions
are sold out, no more prints are produced and so, the limited edition
print instrinsically has more value. Any type of print may be a limited
edition including giclees, lithographs, and so on. The artist or the artist's
publisher make the decision on whether or not to produce a limited edition.
Limited Editions are always numbered and the number of a given Limited
Edition print is always displayed somewhere on the print. For example,
if the edition has 350 prints available, the prints would be numbered
1/350, 2/350. In lithography, the printing plate made to produce a limited
edition would be destroyed after the print run was completed. Look for
a number on a Limited Edition at the bottom of the print.
- A lithographic print produced by Lithography, an ages-old reproduction
process wherein the printer makes plates to recreate the image on paper.
Also called "Litho."
- An edtion with no limit on the amount of prints that will be reproduced.
Examples of Open Editions are posters which are often mass produced.
- The original artwork that the artist created. This is not a print or
reproduction but the actual artwork the artist originally made. (Pomm's
"True Integrity" and "We Believe In Peace" are examples
of her originals.)
- A process of print making in which a stencil and a fine mesh screen
are used; the ink is applied to and forced through the small holes in
the screen leaving the covered area free from ink. There can be many screens
made for each artwork depending on the number of colors used. The number
of screens can exceed 100 for one image. (Pomm's "Fresh Air",
"Homecoming" and "The Corridor" prints are all Serigraphs.)
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