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Printmaking is an artistic technique in which several images are made from an original or from a specially prepared surface. Prints are the images that are produced by this process. Prints are a type of edition which refers to a work created from a master version, sculptures, for example, sculptures can also come in editions. Prints are original works although they are not necessarily always signed by the artist. They are created with the help of an industrial or mechanised process. There are numerous types of prints, such as lithography, serigraphy or screen printing, engraving...The print's number out of the total is always detailed on the work as '15/100' for example, in order to indicate the work's uniqueness. The work's exclusivity and value varies depending on the number of editions and whether it has been signed by the artist or not. Producing limited editions means that artworks made by renown artists in modern and contemporary art are made more accessible to a larger audience, without taking away from the quality and rarity of the piece. Certificate of authenticities are important when it comes to editions and prints as this helps to prevent fraudulent copies.

It is important to remember that the editions produced today in the art world were only made possible thanks to the key technological progress that was made in the printing industry throughout history. These advances became more accessible by the 19th century, and in particular thanks to the lithographs produced during the Art Nouveau period following the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris. This process, which first appeared in Germany in the 18th century, has various different uses including press illustrations (thanks to its rapid production rate) and art reproduction. Lithography is a chemical process which is based on the immiscibility of water and a fat-based substance. The subject is drawn onto a stone with ink, and once it has been moistened and covered with a greasy ink. As the initial ink is hydrophobic it only clings to the drawing and is repelled by the wet areas. Paper is applied to the stone and then a printing press is used to transfer the drawing onto its surface. Over time the technique has evolved and been perfected.

Certain artists, such as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, use this technique to create several copies of an original artwork. Others use it to reproduce older works. In the 20th century, some of the great masters including Picasso and Miro worked with lithography to create numerous posters which they often used for their own exhibitions.

Alongside lithography, there is also silk screening. Invented in China during the Song dynasty (962-1279), it didn't reach the United States until the 19th century and it was introduced to Europe after the Second World War. In 1920s Berlin, Kodloff and Biegeleisen were the first to test it by printing on paper and named the process “Siedbruck". From 1938 onwards, prints took over serigraphy thanks to the work of Guy MacCoy but its popularity truly started to soar with the pioneers of Pop Art, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.In France, the silk screen posters made by the students taking part in the May 68 protests gave this art technique an almost legendary status.

Digital technology now has a role to play in all of these processes and digital printing currently makes up a key part of the art market. It allows for the creation of high-quality images in a short period of time and this has multiplied the creative possibilities for artists. There are also of course, several other older techniques which are still used today including etching, engraving, woodblock carving and drypoint.

In this category you will find figurative and abstract artworks, portraits as well as landscapes, Pop Art and Minimalism, made by young and renowned artists alike. Artsper's collection includes works from famous artists such as Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Miss Tic, and Sol LeWitt. Don't forget to take a look at the work of some of our lesser known artists who are just as talented as their more well-established counterparts, including Nathan Chantob and Rero...

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Fat, Petit chat, Print

Fat

Petit chat, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Print

$3,590

Piotre, Miniature 2, Print

Piotre

Miniature 2, 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$479

Chloé Kelly Miller, Karl Lagerfeld - OverSide X Chloé Kelly Miller, Print

Chloé Kelly Miller

Karl Lagerfeld - OverSide X Chloé Kelly Miller, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,197

OverSide, Andy Warhol - OverSide x Sun7, Print

OverSide

Andy Warhol - OverSide x Sun7, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,393

Buff Monster, Melty 19, Print

Buff Monster

Melty 19, 2020
12 x 9 inch
Print

$718

JM Robert, Untiteled, Print

JM Robert

Untiteled, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$957

Jazzu, Tête à tête n°19, Print

Jazzu

Tête à tête n°19, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$646

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$179

GR1, Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, Print

GR1

Seoulscape Mapo-gu Wausan-ro 21gil 19-7 editions, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$227

Lucas Ninin, Skull 2 : 02/75, Print

Lucas Ninin

Skull 2 : 02/75, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.6 inch
Print

$215

Noty Aroz, Reversed Tribute To Shepard Fairey, Print

Noty Aroz

Reversed Tribute To Shepard Fairey, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$359

Mr Cute, Fulguropoing, Print

Mr Cute

Fulguropoing, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch
Print

$802

Eelus, Trip the Light Fantastic - Gold Thread Edition, Print

Eelus

Trip the Light Fantastic - Gold Thread Edition, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,250

Prefab77, Loyal To None (Silver White), Print

Prefab77

Loyal To None (Silver White), 2017
29.5 x 22 inch
Print

$2,250

Risk, WTF Edition, Print

Risk

WTF Edition, 2014
30 x 22 inch
Print

$1,200

Chaz Bojorquez, Chaz Set, Print

Chaz Bojorquez

Chaz Set, 2013
22 x 30 inch
Print

$1,600

Marco Rea, Untitled, Print

Marco Rea

Untitled, 2018
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Print

$921

Grow Up, Nike air Jordan, Print

Grow Up

Nike air Jordan, 2020
16.5 x 23.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$419

Joram Roukes, Black Widow Baptism Handfinished, Print

Joram Roukes

Black Widow Baptism Handfinished, 2019
17.7 x 14.8 inch
Print

$838

Zedsy, Politics, Print

Zedsy

Politics, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,500

Our recommendations How & Nosm, Only Human (Handfinished), Print

How & Nosm

Only Human (Handfinished), 2019
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,436

Damien Naja, Pacifics IV, Print

Damien Naja

Pacifics IV, 2018
24.6 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,137

Miss Bugs, Who Ate The Last Hope - Pacific Ocean, Print

Miss Bugs

Who Ate The Last Hope - Pacific Ocean, 2016
39.37 x 29.92 inch
Print

$2,500

Andrew Cotton, The Basquiat, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Basquiat, 2018
60 x 50 x 1 inch
Print

$7,500

Static, Lani LDT, Print

Static

Lani LDT, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$897

Decycle, Medusa (serpent), Print

Decycle

Medusa (serpent), 2017
22.8 x 30.7 inch
Print

$239

Rachid Koraïchi, Sept variations indigo, Print

Rachid Koraïchi

Sept variations indigo, 2002
38.6 x 36.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$6,461

Marko Zoric, Affiche d'exposition, lettrage argent, Print

Marko Zoric

Affiche d'exposition, lettrage argent, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$154

Johan Chaaz, The queen Elisabeth enjoy some privileges _ Golden Yellow Version, Print

Johan Chaaz

The queen Elisabeth enjoy some privileges _ Golden Yellow Version, 2020
16.1 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$299

Bustart, What All Boys Want (Handfinished), Print

Bustart

What All Boys Want (Handfinished), 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$538

Dominique Fury, Let's dance orange, Print

Dominique Fury

Let's dance orange, 2018
39.4 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,795

Onemizer, Onemizer x Piotre x Overside - Basquiat, Print

Onemizer

Onemizer x Piotre x Overside - Basquiat, 2020
82.7 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$14,957

Speedy Graphito, Urban color, Print

Speedy Graphito

Urban color, 2017
21.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$1,436

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Palace Of Power, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Palace Of Power, 2016
29.9 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$12,564

Piotre, Miniature3, Print

Piotre

Miniature3, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$479

Piotre, Miniature 1, Print

Piotre

Miniature 1, 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$479

Stoul, Oru IV, Print

Stoul

Oru IV, 2014
10.6 x 7.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$598

Nick Walker, Love Bats – Blue to Light Blue, Print

Nick Walker

Love Bats – Blue to Light Blue, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$838

Piotre, Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, Print

Piotre

Karl Lagerfeld - Piotre X Overside, 2020
51.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,384

Piotre, Karl - Piotre X OverSide, Print

Piotre

Karl - Piotre X OverSide, 2020
49.2 x 37.4 x 1.2 inch
Print

$5,025

John Matos Crash, Crash White Set, Print

John Matos Crash

Crash White Set, 2013
30 x 22 inch
Print

$1,200

John Matos Crash, Crash Black Set, Print

John Matos Crash

Crash Black Set, 2013
30 x 22 inch
Print

$1,200

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), Print

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (black/red), 2020
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$359

OverSide, Frida - OverSide X Chloé Kelly Miller, Print

OverSide

Frida - OverSide X Chloé Kelly Miller, 2020
39.4 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$3,470

Buff Monster, Melty 18, Print

Buff Monster

Melty 18, 2020
12 x 9 inch
Print

$718

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (orange/yellow), Print

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (orange/yellow), 2020
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$359

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (blue/pink), Print

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Coco Chanel (blue/pink), 2020
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$359

Levalet & Zenoy, Pandore, Print

Levalet & Zenoy

Pandore, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$598

Jazzu, Tête à tête n°13, Print

Jazzu

Tête à tête n°13, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$646

Jazzu, Tête à tête n°26, Print

Jazzu

Tête à tête n°26, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$646

Jazzu, Tête à tête n°18, Print

Jazzu

Tête à tête n°18, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$646

Jazzu, Tête à tête n°30, Print

Jazzu

Tête à tête n°30, 2019
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$646

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$179

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$179

Valer, Sans-titre, Print

Valer

Sans-titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$179

Keymi, Shit Classic, Print

Keymi

Shit Classic, 2019
18.9 x 14.2 inch
Print

$239

Dimitri Jelezky, Mickey 21th (X-Ray series), Print

Dimitri Jelezky

Mickey 21th (X-Ray series), 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$347

Dimitri Jelezky, Made of steel, Print

Dimitri Jelezky

Made of steel, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$347

Hush, Untitled from Moniker Art Show, Print

Hush

Untitled from Moniker Art Show, 2012
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$5,983

Dimitri Jelezky, Real deal, 2021/2, Print

Dimitri Jelezky

Real deal, 2021/2, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$311

Vitaliy Lishko, Flowers, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Flowers, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$215 $359

Vitaliy Lishko, Flowers, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Flowers, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$215 $359

Vitaliy Lishko, Flowers, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Flowers, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$215 $359

Vitaliy Lishko, Flowers, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Flowers, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$215 $359

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