Special details of an Original Print
Original Prints are always printed and digitally signed by the artist himself. The print has a special mark indicating it is an “Original” with the year of printing. The edition is limited up to about 125 pieces. These prints have an optimal quality. They are printed on paper with a baryta coating. The appearance of this paper is quite similar to the air dried baryta print from the darkrooms of the old days. It is 320/330 grams and has a beautiful and subtle glossy surface with a delicate structure. Some of the works are only printed on the more traditional (matte) types of paper, especially when the work stands out better on this paper.
Original Prints offer the best of what the artist is capable of making at this moment. Compared to a Quality Print, they often are a bit more discreet when it comes to colours, although the difference is subtle. In order to be able to offer a favourable price, the sizes are standardized to some extent. This way you are able to purchase an exclusive “Original” from about €250,-. The best way to frame Original Prints is with a pass-partout and behind glass. They will last a lifetime this way, or even longer.
Because the Original Print is usually printed under orders, you are able to decide whether the size of the work should be maximised within the size of the paper or whether it should be printed “presentable” (with a large amount of white space). In case you prefer “maximal”, the print should be framed more carefully. In order to make it presentable, a custom-made passe-partout is very recommendable. They are available in any frame shop. The advantage of the maximal print is having a larger work of course. The disadvantage is that it actually is less presentable without a passe-partout and that it takes up more space after framing.
It is not always possible to choose the way the work is printed. Printing the work too small or too big, does not do justice to all pieces. You can always make clear what you prefer and the artist will try to comply with your request, but is also free to change it if the results are not as good. In case you do not make any requests, the artists will make the print according to his preferences at that moment (which, for most of the works, is a presentable print). The paper size is the same as the paper size of a Quality Print (A2).
Special details of a Gallery Print
A print that is individually made by the artist. The size of Gallery Prints can be equal to, bigger than or, sometimes, smaller than the prints mentioned above. The signing, paper types etc. vary. It concerns a very limited edition (sometimes only one piece). As the name suggests, Gallery Prints are exclusively available through independent galleries and they are rarely offered. The printing technique may be a bit less delicate but is similar to the first concept, production and size of the print. The source file that is created by making the Gallery Print, is used for the Quality and Original Print. For the last mentioned prints the combination of paper, ink and specific inkjet printer has been adjusted more, which makes the quality of these prints slightly better. The differences are subtle though.
The prices of the Gallery Prints depend on the size, the amount of pieces available, the way of framing, the print quality and the popularity of the work of course. The gallery prices for these works roughly lie between two and ten thousand Euros at this moment. The artists have no say in the determination of the gallery prices and do not interfere with it. In order to to obtain more specific information about the Gallery Prints and their prices, you are referred to the gallery itself. They will be happy to be of assistance and, in general, they offer a good service.
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Please note: the availability and terms and conditions for a purchase order are different for each type of print.
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