Defining an ‘original’ print

At many art shows and even galleries, there will be prints for sale. They will look like they were printed, so that much is understood, but whether they are fine art print, original prints or reproductions, may be another matter entirely.

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Input from the artist

Trying to define what constitutes art is almost impossible, but in general a fine art or original print is deemed to be one derived from an image that the artist has engraved, etched or simply drawn on a receptive surface. The artist can then print a small number of further images from the central work by hand, after which each print is individually numbered and signed. Ideally, the plate or mechanism used for printing is then destroyed, so no further prints can be produced.

A reproduction is simply a photograph of a unique work or image, that can then be reproduced at will on different surfaces and in different sizes. Reproductions can be produced with no input from the artist at all.

Online art boom

Original and fine art can be expensive, and some works are in short supply, or never appear on the market. However, buying art is getting easier for the tech savvy, at least. According to this report from The Guardian, you don’t even need to go to a gallery, and can shop for art online.

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Of course, if there is an artist’s creation that is particularly admired, artwork copying may be the way to make sure that piece can be part of your life and constantly give pleasure. If you want to find out more about the possibilities of artwork copying, it would be a good idea to consult experts such as, who can give you an idea of the options available.

Originality is greatly prized in the art world, but sometimes finding a work you like that is available and affordable is not always easy. Fortunately, printing methods have evolved significantly, and reproductions of artworks can look incredible, especially with prints that are digitally produced and known as giclées. Giclées cost a bit more, but the results are a combination of high quality surfaces, such as handmade paper or even canvas, and high end pigment inks that are long lasting and have real depth of colour, to create stunning results.