Our great pieces undergo a thorough and meticulous five step process to make them the great pieces of art that reaches you:
Art - The original painting is photographed with “High Definition” technology in order to create a unique master. Then, a single canvas print is produced from this master file in order to see how accurate the print is to the original painting, this initial canvas print is numbered 1/20 Artist proof. The process is repeated several times, allowing any adjustments until all imperfections have been corrected and the file is ready to print the full edition. The process is normally completed by artist proofs 15-20.
Photography - Working from the original transparencies or master high resolution files supplied by the photographers, the same process as above is applied.
Once the file has been finalized, the full edition is printed. Each print is printed onto a 340gsm cotton canvas, via a “Giclée” printing process. Once the canvas print has been printed, an acrylic varnish is applied to the image side of the print to protect it from harmful UV and to prevent 100-200 light fastness.
The canvas print is then stretched onto gallery specification stretcher bars with a depth of 1¼ inch. The frame is then adjusted to give a tort canvas presentation (“drum” sound). The frames remain adjustable for any future slackness that may occur.
The immaculate presentation is then continued to the rear of the print by trimming all excess canvas. The staples are then covered with a silicone based craft tape to leave a clean and staple free appearance.
The print is then inspected and approved by the artist. Once the artist has approved the print, the print is given a unique number and corresponding certificate. The print is then given clear protective corners, wrapped and boxed ready for distribution.
This guide explains what we mean when we describe how a print is ‘finished’.
When a piece is on canvas, it is often stretched. This means that the canvas is pulled and stretched over 4 wooden bars which lie behind the print. This usually gives the print a depth of approximately 1¼ inches.
This means that the piece is a canvas piece, but will be sent out as print only. Call for details.
Most publishers mounts are fairly standard. A card surround that protects the print which is carefully laid out inside. It is usually approximately 3 inches wide, and sits as a border to the print when it is framed. Some mounts may have threads of colour in them to pick out certain colours in the print.
Unmounted Lithograph/Print Only
This print is not mounted (see above), and will be sent out in a tube carefully wrapped in tissue to protect it. You may choose the mount yourself when getting the print framed.
Framed Lithograph/Paper Print
Once in a while we will sell a print framed. Generally this means that we have bought the piece pre-framed, and so need to sell it as such. A frame is, of course, the metal/wood/plastic surround with a glass cover, in which you may hang the print. The frame itself is not usually open for negotiation in these instances.
Information About The Artist’s Signature
All of the Limited Editions that we sell bear the unique signature of the artist, either on the print itself or the accompanied certificate. The signature authenticates and guarantees each reproduction of the original painting.
The Artist will only sign each print when they are completely satisfied that it is a true and accurate representation of the original.
Signed Limited Editions generally attract higher prices than unsigned work.
What Are The Numbers on My Print?
Limited Edition Prints enables an artist’s work to be enjoyed by more collectors. The handwritten number, which appears on each print, is vital as it guarantees not only the size but also the authenticity of the edition. Numbers are inscribed to indicate the number of the print within the total number (e.g. 4/295 means the fourth print in a set of 295 identical prints) The plates, films and materials involved in the reproduction are all destroyed, following printing, which further ensures their authenticity.
The Various Mediums
There are now a wide range of sophisticated fine printing methods. The following selection cover all the work in our Limited Edition Print collections.
Our print publishers employ only the finest processes, materials and artistic direction to ensure the faithful translation of original painting to Limited Edition. Print-making is in itself an art form, and the traditional print-maker guarantees the true reproduction of original oils, watercolours and pastels into editions of superb quality.
Limited Edition Prints have never been so collectable and allow an artist’s work to be enjoyed by more collectors. Most of our editions are reproduced to a maximum of 295 copies. The hand written number which appears on each print is vital, it guarantees not only the size but also the authenticity of the edition. The plates, films and materials involved in the reproduction are all destroyed following printing, which further ensures the authenticity and integrity of the Limited Edition Print.
Most prints bear the unique signature of the artist. This signature authenticates each reproduction of the artist’s original painting and also ensures the edition is to their complete satisfaction.
Giclée (zhee-clay) is a French term meaning “spray of ink”. This process utilises a revolutionary new technique whereby a continuous inkjet printer sprays a staggering four million droplets of ink per second onto the paper or canvas. Requiring highly sophisticated printers and specially tested colourfast inks, this blend of fine art and state-of-the-art technology produces exceptionally good reproductions.
Giclée prints render deep, saturated colours and retain minute detail, subtle tints and blends. The prints may be hand embellished by the artist using paint, ink and gold foil stamping for a mixed media effect.
This printing technique uses a planographic process in which prints are pulled on a special press from a flat stone or metal surface. The surface has been chemically sensitised so that ink sticks only to the design areas, and is repelled by the non-image areas. Lithography was invented in Germany in 1798. The early history of lithography is dominated by great French artists such as Daumier and Delacroix, and later by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Braque and Miro.
Throughout our website you may see images described as ‘hand-embelished’. When the fine art print has been produced, it is placed alongside the original; under the direction of the artist certain elements of the image are then highlighted with hand-applied paints, inks, gold or silver leaf and carious other mediums. This is done to bring the piece closer to the essence of the original, and the effect is phenomenal.
Investing in Art
Most people buy art because they love the picture, however it is becoming more and more collectable with the growing reputations of artists. Limited editions are now highly sought after by art collectors worldwide. Their works often change hands at ever increasing prices, making the collecting of art even more exciting.
To guarantee your art, every Limited Edition purchased from Cult Art, comes with a certificate of Authenticity. Many collectors follow and acquire the works of a number of our artists. By joining our mailing list you will receive information of forthcoming releases by email.
What is an Artist’s Proof?
Artist’s proofs are intended for the Artist’s personal use. It is common practice to reserve approximately 10% of the total edition as artist’s proofs. This figure is occasionally higher, although it is normally ten percent.
Artist’s proofs can be identified by the abbreviation ‘AP’. This inscription is commonly on the lower left corner of the work. Numbers are inscribed to indicate the number of the print within the total number (e.g. AP 10/30 means the tenth print in a set of 30 identical prints authorised as artist’s proofs).
The artist as a validation of the prints generally signs artist’s proofs. It is common for the Artist’s Proofs to be sold in the same way as the other prints in the edition, but they tend to attract slightly higher prices.