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What Is the Difference between an Open Edition and Limited Edition Print?

28 Mar

Wall art comes in all shapes, sizes, formats, and editions — from an original painting to a print to a poster to a greeting card, and the prices vary accordingly.

In the world of prints, there are many factors, but one of the major differences lies between an open edition and limited edition print.

Mesa Walk, its original sold, is available as a signed limited edition and open edition print.

Mesa Walk, its original sold, is available as a signed limited edition and open edition print.

A limited edition print is so named because its run — the number of these prints that are created and sold — is limited to a specific number, say, 200. Each run is determined by size and any other qualifying factors; for instance, you can have a limited edition run of an image in a 12 x 15 size on paper, another run of 16 x 20 on paper, a third run of 12 x 15 on canvas, and so on. If you purchase the 5th print sold in the 12 x 15 on paper run, then somewhere on the print will be written (generally in pencil, since this is difficult to forge) 5/200, which indicates that your print is the 5th piece out of a total of 200 to be created in this particular run.

The print may or may not be signed by the artist, and if so, will be of increased value. It also may or may not include a Certificate of Authenticity, a piece of paper or form that lists out the run size, the number of your print in the run, and information on inks and paper, and the date that the print was created.

Sometimes, but not always, limited edition prints are created with archival quality inks on archival quality substrate — paper or canvas — and if so, the artist or company selling the print will make sure to inform you of this, since these archival quality materials ensure a superior product that will last a much longer time than a print created with non-archival quality materials. Do not assume that, just because a print is described as limited edition, that it is archival quality.

A limited edition print that is signed, archival quality, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity will likely cost more than an open edition print (but significantly less than the original painting), simply because it has been in more direct contact with the artist.

An open edition print has no limit on its run, and frequently, it can be created in the thousands, tens of thousands, or more. It also costs less, and you will find it in box stores or on large Internet shopping conglomerate sites. There is absolutely nothing “wrong” with an open edition print, as it is a very affordable means of getting art on people’s walls. Because of the low cost factor, open edition prints tend not to be printed on archival quality paper.

"Lady" by Steve Henderson, is available as an open edition print throught Light in the Box

“Lady” by Steve Henderson, is available as an open edition print throught Light in the Box

So, which to buy? It is up to the individual consumer. Prints of some artist’s work may be available only through the artist himself, and if you like his work, then this is the option to consider. Other artists — like Steve Henderson at Steve Henderson Fine Art — offer signed limited edition prints through the website, but also make their work available as open edition prints in the commercial market.

Mesa Walk, for example, is available as a signed, limited edition print in various sizes through Steve Henderson Fine Art. It is also available as open edition wall art through Light in the Box, a globally directed online shopping site. The original painting is sold.

Prints — limited or open edition, archival quality or not, signed or unsigned — enable people of varying budgets and economic lifestyles to enjoy fine art.


Do You Want It? Then Buy It.

8 Jun

Those of you who know my alter-ego, Middle Aged Plague, will have read about my recent purchase of a Kindle (I Am (amazon) Woman: Hear Me Roar!

“What an exciting life this woman leads.”

She’s gorgeous, she’ll look great on the wall, and she’s available in everything from the original to a print to a note card.

I know.

An ostentatiously ordinary person with personal tastes in which I indulge now and then,  I live as intimately with our household budget as I do with the Norwegian Artist (although I am far, far more enamored of the Norwegian). I’m sure that the word “budget” is not an unfamiliar one in your household.

Which is the point: While I do not indiscriminately spend — my usual shopping experience involving cheese, canned tomatoes, and butter, sometimes more exciting items like flip flops, printer ink, and stamps — I do save up for those completely and totally “I want this! I want this!” items, and when the jar is full I dump the coins into an envelope, transfer the funds to the bank, and buy whatever it is I’ve had my eye on.

Guilt free.

Generally, “I want this!” items are not ones you eat, repair the house with, stuff into bathroom cabinets, or put into the dog’s bowl, which makes them difficult to justify because you don’t really “need” them, but in a way you do, because they feed that happy little person inside of you who couldn’t sleep for weeks before your birthday, or who skipped with joy over a pair of new, wildly outrageous shoes.

Basic brown serviceable shoes that fit right are all your feet really need. (I remember discussions along this topic with my mother when I was a child.) But they’re so much less than what you want.

And is it so very bad to admit that you want something that you don’t really need? We buy things we don’t really need all the time, but because they’re part of our everyday purchases, we don’t agonize about it:

You don’t really need the latte. You could have coffee at home. Better yet, water fulfills your hydration requirements.

Take out pizza? Make it yourself. Actually, whole wheat toast, a banana, and apple juice would probably fulfill the same nutritional needs. Better yet, oatmeal with raisins. It’s cheaper.

That’s a cute blouse; it looks good on you. But a serviceable, well-constructed t-shirt will last longer and clothe you adequately for less.

The original fills the wall — 32 x 48 — the small print is just right for that area above the table in the foyer — the note card will brighten someone’s day, especially with your handwritten message inside.

If you follow this level of extreme practicality to, well, its extreme, then life becomes dull indeed — kind of like all math and science classes in the semester schedule and no art, no music, no drama, no history, no literature — just a bunch of numbers and formulas. While it is undoubtedly practical and budget friendly, such economic austerity of the soul eventually takes its toll, and like the dieter who denies himself anything that smacks of a cookie,  you break down one day and binge — on cheesecake, on cake, on ice cream, on doughnuts.

It would have been so much easier to build the cookie into the diet plan.

So go ahead — plan for the fun things — like fine art, which, from us — because we know what budgets are — you can get as originals, prints, even note cards, representing a variety of sizes and price ranges. We even set up interest-free payment plans, because we believe that art belongs in the homes of real people, not limited to art museums.

Do you want it?

Then buy it.

All of the work that you see through this site is painted by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art. Because we believe that real art belongs in the homes of real people with real incomes, we offer Steve’s artwork, in addition to its original form, as signed, limited edition prints, miniatures, and note cards for a reachable price. For those of you who want a print but don’t know how to frame it, we will do so for you for a nominal extra cost. Contact Us with your questions and we’ll work with you to get fine art into your home.

Treating Yourself in Today’s Economy

19 Apr

“Do people still buy fine art in this economy?”

My mother, ever the practical woman who lived through the Depression and successfully raised five kids to adulthood, always has good questions.

Available as an original, print, or miniature study, The Pataha is an example of fine art that meets the needs of various budgets.

The answer is, “yes,” but as in everything in this ever-changing, never-got-your-finger-on-it economy, they do it differently.

Ten years ago, when house prices were literally and unsustainably going through the roof, people purchased art, as they purchased many things, as an impulse item. Today’s buyer, however — especially collectors who live real-people lives with mortgages and angst at the gas pump — looks at the art several times, oftentimes contacting the artist directly via e-mail, phone, or in person to discuss the work itself, as well as the price, payment information, and payment plans, if available.

The result is that, when the collector takes home the painting, he or she feels good about the purchase, because it was made with an eye to the budget. It’s actually a better, more sustainable, and less stressful way of treating oneself.

Artists, as well, are finessing their products to the need of the marketplace, many offering fine art, archival prints of their paintings, some for the price of a bottle of good wine or a family evening at the movie theater. The difference is, once the wine is gone or the movie is over, the money is gone; but with the print, the art stays, becoming a part of the buyer’s daily life.

At Steve Henderson Fine Art, we are committed to getting real art into the lives and homes of real people, and for this reason we welcome hearing from you who are interested in Steve’s work. If you’ve never contacted an artist before, don’t be shy or feel that this is something “real collectors” don’t do. Increasingly, collectors across the board are finding that direct contact with the artist, before and after purchasing the work, enhances their appreciation of their collection. Good questions always deserved to be asked, and they deserve good answers. You can reach us through our Contact Form on the Steve Henderson Fine Art Gallery website.

In addition to Steve’s originals, we offer a complete line of Signed, Limited Edition Prints, starting at $55, and regularly offer Workshops for those pursuing their painting path.

These are not easy days in which to live — there is much uncertainty. There is, however, also much beauty in the world around us, and a painting — be it original or a print — captures that beauty and allows us to lose ourselves in it, over and over, any time of the day or night.

What is the difference between an original painting and a print?

10 Feb

The obvious answer to this question is that an original painting is one of a kind, and when you purchase an original, you purchase the only one in existence.

Garden Gatherings is one of a collection of paintings that Steve offers in print form at Steve Henderson Fine Art

A print, which can be done on all sorts of papers, using all types of inks and employing different kinds of printers, is a multiple of an original, and when you buy a print, you are buying one of many – an unlimited many, in the case of what is called an unlimited run; or a specific one of many, as in a limited edition run of 50 prints, which means that only 50 prints of a particular painting, in a particular size and on a particular paper or canvas, are created before the artist removes the printed work – again in a particular size on a particular subsurface – from circulation.

Prints of works like Shore Leave range from 8 x 10 to fullsized, on paper or canvas. Steve Henderson Fine Art

Many people like knowing that they own the only one of a particular painting, and they are willing to pay the price to the artist for this privilege. Other people, however, wish to collect fine art on their walls, but they do not have the budget to pay for an original. For these collectors, a print is an affordable way to enjoy the unique work of a particular artist.

Because the artist does not need to invest hours and hours of painting time into creating each print, he is able to offer the item at a lower price, while at the same time providing the collector with access to his, the artist’s work.

A variety of subject matter, as well as sizes and prices, ensures that there is something for everyone. Tea by the Sea by Steve Henderson

At Steve Henderson Fine Art, we sell original oil and watercolor paintings, limited edition prints on archival paper and stretched canvas, and miniatures and studies, so that we can provide our collectors with a variety of sizes and price ranges from which to choose. Within this spectrum of variety, what remains consistent is the quality of the work – both its artistic excellence as well as the superiority of the materials on which it is painted or reproduced.

Next week: What does “Archival Quality” mean and why is this important?