Great works of art, made available for a few more to enjoy. Limited editions are perfect for any modern collector. Amazing and affordable art in any theme, style or size.
We’ve witnessed an increase of popularity in art over the past few years, in particular, graphic art, illustration, photography and prints. This, in turn, has triggered a boom in the limited edition art market. This is great news for art collectors, whether they’re just starting off or they already have a few works in their collection. If you’re in the market for limited edition artwork, here’s a few things worth knowing.
Certain art techniques enable artists to produce multiple versions of the same artwork. Some more modern mediums relate to digital technology, while other techniques such as silk screen printing, cast sculpting, etching and photography, for example, have been around for centuries.
A print sometimes has a negative connotation because of the association it has with mass-produced reproductions of famous artwork, however it is important to note that this is not an art print nor limited edition artwork. Artists who work with mediums that enable multiple prints means that they can sell more than one of the same work of art. However, the whole process of creating and printing the artwork is quite detailed, with artists meticulously following the full process from idea to print.
Limited edition artwork means that the amount of prints are limited to a certain number decided by the artist and the gallery. The smaller the number of prints, the more valuable the work.
Print runs can vary from only one print to a couple of thousand. Some artists may even destroy the original material, whether it be a photographic negative or printing plate, to prevent further editions and preserve the value of the artwork.
Artwork that belongs to an edition is identical. Therefore, most artists often sell limited editions in numerical order. This creates a level of uniqueness to each print.
An example of this would be: if the work is sold in an edition of 30, the artist would number the work and it would be marked at the bottom or the back of the print reading, ‘5/30’, for example. This is known as a ‘print run number’. If there is a large demand for the artwork, an artist may raise the price of the print as they sell. That would mean that edition 29/30 would be priced higher than edition 2/30. But usually that's not the case.
Another way you could spot a limited edition work of art is if it is signed by the artist at the bottom right of the print. By signing a print, the artist acknowledges that this is their own work. You may also come across a second signature - that is the mark of the print maker. Note: a signed piece of artwork is more valuable than an unsigned piece. Therefore, if you are looking to acquire a limited edition piece of art, opt for a signed version if you can.
Acquiring a limited edition piece of art could be the best option for a number of reasons. One of them being your budget. Limited edition pieces are a lot more affordable than a one-off piece, but still hold great value. This makes collecting art more accessible and it’s great news if you're starting your own collection or have a tight budget.
It is also a good option to support artists. Rather than purchasing a €10 poster of Picasso that will never go up in value, why not purchase something from an artist and invest in something beautiful. It also means that the artist receives a fair profit enabling them to continue producing wonderful artwork.
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