We recognize that art can sometimes be an
intimidating subject when you don't fully understand the
language. At NewfoundlandShop.ca, we continually try
to make our clients feel at ease and enjoy their shopping
experience. Understanding what you are buying is of
utmost importance to us.
We have listed below some common terms
that are frequently used when referring to artwork. If
there are other terms that you would like explained, we
would love to hear from you so that we can add them here for
the courtesy of other clients who could have the same
question or query.
Limited Edition Print
This is a publication which is limited by the number of
pieces produced, indicated on the work as a fraction.
An artist will sign a limited edition print,
number the print and give it an appropriate title. For
example, an artist may write 3/500 on the print next to its
name. This means that the print is number 3 in the
series of 500 prints produced and circulated. You
should feel assured that when you purchase this print that
only 500 prints have been produced in this series.
Limited Edition Prints become valuable because there are
limited amounts in circulation.
The artist proof was traditionally used by the artist and
the printer to ensure the quality and colour consistency of
reproductions as they rolled off the printing press.
An artist may elect to designate up to 10%
of the total edition size as artist proofs. For
example, if there are a total of 500 limited edition prints
to be placed in circulation, the artist can designate up to
50 limited edition prints as "artist proofs".
These artist proofs are usually signed in the following
naming convention: "1/50 AP" . In plain
english, this can be translated as "print number
1 of 50 - artist proof".
The proofs typically demand a higher price
because there are fewer of them available to the public.
When setting the price for an artist proof, many artists
will add a surcharge to the basic cost of a limited edition
print. For example, if a limited edition print sells
for $150, and artist proof would typically sell between
Printer's Proof (PP)
- An image set aside from the regular
numbered edition for the use of the printer, but
otherwise identical to those from the edition. Generally
designated by the initials PP.
The most expensive form of a limited
edition print is a remarque. The number of remarques
produced is usually very low when compared to the edition
size of limited edition prints. The remarque is very
distinctive because the artist sketches or paints a piece of
the original painting next to his signature. For this
reason, remarques are favoured by collectors because each
remarque is uniquely personalized by the artist.
All remarques are numbered and signed by
the artist. Remarques usually sell between $60-$100
above the price of a limited edition print.
A print made by coating a copper plate with an
acid-resistant resin and drawing through this ground,
exposing the metal with a sharp instrument called a stylus.
The plate is bathed in acid, which eats into the lines; it
is then heated to remove the resin, and finally inked and
printed on paper.
A production of work that is not limited by number of pieces
produced. Many people refer to an open edition as a
poster. Open editions have limited value because there are
no limits to how many reproductions can be produced and
- Giclee Print
- A giclee is a high resolution digital
print and is a recognized fine art print category like
lithographs and serigraphs. Giclee is considered the
world's best technique for reproducing original works of
art and for printing digitally created art and art
- Giclee prints look and feel like
original art. Prints are made on real artist materials
such as watercolour paper and canvas.
- Image permanence is a concern to
artists and collectors. When museum quality lighting is
used, this time span increases up to 275 years. Giclees
are treated with a UV-inhibitor and all canvases are
glazed with the same. The paper used on the watercolour
giclee is of high museum quality and acid-free.