Say what? Huh? Pardon?
It’s time for a crash course on some art world lingo although you probably don’t need it.
I’ve got this page here so that we are both on the same page if I happen to say something or make a reference to something – so let’s get started!
Limited Edition (denoted as LE on the site) Vs. Open Editions (denoted as OE on the site)
Limited Editions are just that – I produce a set number of pieces of any given size – usually as high as fifteen (150, although there are a couple of older editions out there where I went as high as fifty (50).
Picture X (not the actual name of a picture) is a print that is 16 x 20 inches and has a Limited Run of 15. The print number then identifies the piece in the run i.e. 7/15.
Alternatively, I could have another series of Picture X at 160 x 200 inches at a limit of 5. The print number then identifies that position i.e. 3/5
The print number is the important identifier. The 7/15 or 3/5 indicates just how many copies of that particular size exist.
Once a piece has been listed as Limited, no other prints of that size can be produced as it would negate the value of your investment – they become a collector’s item.
This brings us to open editions and… open editions are just that. I do whatever I want with them, I can make a print, five prints, make them into greeting cards, etc.
I am not limited as to what I can do with them but you might then say, “Why should I want to buy an open edition item? Isn’t the intrinsic value of that piece lower than a limited piece?” Here’s why: The price might be lower and beneficial if you are just starting out in the collection of artwork but just because I can do whatever it is I want with a piece doesn’t mean that I actually do it. I have a lot of pieces that are quite good but have never felt inclined to produce more than one or two of them at any given time.
Medium Type (is the type of Paper the image is printed on)
I use Hahnemühle Paper for these prints for the best longevity of the image. Possibly two hundred (200) years or more as long as the image is not placed in direct sunlight. Sunlight will bleach ANY colours over the course of time. These prints are long term investments that you’re grandchildren or great grandchildren could enjoy over the course of time. More information about this paper can be found here.
This paper enhances items that may appear shiny or have really nice contrasting features in the image.
This paper is wonderful at enhancing images of shiny metallic objects i.e. Black and Silver.
Standard photographic paper. The quality is still as good but it might not last as long, and probably won’t, as the Hahnemühle above.
Gallery Short Codes (codes seen in the title when looking at an image) *
LE – Limited Edition
OE – Open Edition
NFS – Not Currently For Sale
SO – Sold Out
* any items without a code showing are to be considered as not currently for sale, thanks.
I retain the copyright on all images, whether a print is bought, rented, leased or licenced from me. This means that if you purchase an image, you get to enjoy that image for as long as that image or medium lasts. It doesn’t give you permission to recreate it, or distribute it. I.e. NFT’s, taking the image and making it into greeting cards, putting it on mug, etc.
Why do I retain copyright? Quality control, investor value and my livelyhood/reputation. If you were to buy an image, let’s say a limited edition print. I now only make 15 copies max of any particular size and the first three are held in reserve by myself. 1 for God (charity work) 1 for Museums / Art Galleries, and 1 for my own collection/storage. Items 4-15 are for collectors. If someone took a limited edtion and started reproducing them at whim, they would then be participating in fraud and would be opening themselves up to civil and criminal proceedings.
That’s all for the moment – I might add more to this section if I get requests to do so.