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What is an Art Edition? Part I

You might have noticed that in recent years, the market for prints and art editions has seen a rather substantial growth and appreciation, becoming a popular choice among art lovers. This is due partly because more contemporary artists have made these types of media part of their practice – and also because they usually come with affordable prices.

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So, what is print?

''A print is a work of graphic art which has been conceived by the artist to be realised as an original work of art, rather than a copy of a work in another medium. Prints are produced by drawing or carving an image onto a hard surface (known as a matrix) such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper or another material by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate.''

What is an edition?

Print master Lacy Matyas spreads the black oil color on a very smooth and flat surface, in this case glass, before inking the linocut engraving made by Lea Rasovszky.

Limited editions & numbering

Mircea Cantor signing his Aquila Non Capit Muscas edition.


Hand-Made Original Prints vs. Reproductions

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