Fine Fish Art Prints FAQs
an edition is a number of prints
struck from one plate, usually at the same time.
What is an Open Edition Print?
Open edition prints are fine art painting reproductions that do not have a
limited print run. This means that the artist or company that owns rights to the painting may print as many
reproductions as they want for resale. Prints may come in different styles, such as those printed on fine art
paper or giclee prints, which are reproductions printed on canvas instead of paper.
What is a Limited Edition Print?
A Limited Edition print is a fixed number of impressions produced on the understanding that no further impressions (copies)
will be produced later. They are produced under the artists supervision and each print is signed
and numbered by the artist.
The price of limited editions is a function of the limited supply of each product, and the
exceptionally high quality of these prints. Typically, the more manually intensive the process is, the more each
limited edition print will cost.
What is an Artist Proof?
Artist's proofs are a special division of the regular limited edition. They usually sell for
10-30% more than the regular edition.
In the world of up to date offset lithography, all the prints
in an edition are nearly identical. Artist's proofs maintain their collectible nature and worth because 1) They
are a small subset of the edition, and 2) they usually come directly from the artist. In these days of mass
marketing, getting something directly or even indirectly from the artist is rare.
Artist's proofs are signed "A/P" or "Artist's Proof" and are usually numbered
with the sequential number of that part of the edition.
Artist's proofs are generally considered a status symbol in the world of art collecting. And
their resale value is proportionally higher than the numbered editions.