The Art of Collecting Prints

Prints are a great way to start your art collection. Here are a few things to look out for when looking at prints.

Printmaking allows artists to create multiple versions of the same work. As a medium the potential for innovation and creativity is endless.

What does a print edition mean?

A print edition is a limited number of prints produced by an artist. The artist signs, numbers and dates the work, this means that the individual work retains its value over time as there is only a finite number available. Smaller editions are often considered to be more desirable and therefore can be more valuable.

When considering a print look for the number of prints produced in the edition and if you can secure the lowest number available.

All the editions at our gallery are limited, browse the collection here.

Artist Greg Straight numbering and signing his prints

 

What is an artist proof?

An artist will also often have a small number of artist’s proofs or AP’s that they keep for themselves and can sell at their discretion. AP’s are often preferred by many collectors as they have belonged to the artist.

It's Deep Down Here | Sam Mathers | Artist Proof

 

Types of Prints Explained

There are a number of different types of printmaking processes all with unique characteristics. The four best-known techniques are etching, lithography, screenprint and woodcut.

Read the Christies article that explains these further.

The Diver Michael Smither | 39/82

 

Our Herne Bay Gallery has a fantastic collection of both framed and unframed limited edition prints. Our experienced team can talk you through the various works we have available to help you on your art collecting journey.

Browse our limited edition print collection here.

 

The Art of Collecting Prints