What is a fine art print?
Fine art print is a result of printmaking. It is a process of producing multiples of the same piece of artwork which is called a print. Each piece is not a copy but an original since it is not a reproduction of another work of art.
Printmaking process is a complex one. The artist creates different surface textures, color effects, and forms defined by the artist's style and personality.
Printmaking is an art form that has many subdivisions: etching (created from a surface of copper or zinc), lithography (created from a surface of stone), linocut (linoleum surface), woodblock (block of wood), silkscreens (fabric plates), digital print and etc.
What is an edition?
Work printed from a single plate create an edition. The artist generally limits the edition to a certain number of their choice. The artist signs and indicates in pencil the number of each individual piece and total number of copies in the edition, for example, 5/50 ( print number 5 in the total of 50 pieces produced from the same plate).
Valuing fine art prints
In valuing fine art prints one should take into consideration the total number of the edition. A smaller edition number is always more valuable than a larger one, as there are less pieces circulating and in existence.