Collecting Fine Art Prints

Posted in Walls by BLDG on September 10, 2009

Interesting piece here written by our Managing Partner, Joy…. I found it blog-worthy.

Print making can be traced back to ninth century China about the time paper was invented, spreading into Asia and becoming established throughout Europe by the fifteenth century. A fine print is an original composition that is recreated in collaboration with the artisan printmaker as a declared numbered edition employing print techniques chosen to engender the effect and appearance of the artist’s vision. The fine printmaker is skilled in composition, medium, color and technique.

Each print is considered a unique piece of art. After printing, the edition is curated, signed numbered and dated. Signatures and printers marks are generally affixed to fine prints and speak to the prints authenticity.

Edition numbering is transcribed as a fraction with the top number reflecting the number of the individual print and the bottom number reflecting the total number of prints in the edition. Proofs are not included in the edition numbering.

Artist Proofs originally served as payment to the artist from the patron who commissioned the work but have evolved to be a limited number of prints not included of the edition. Artists Proofs are annotated as A.P. or  E.A. (Épreuve d’Artiste).  A trial proof is an impression pulled during production after which the printer makes adjustments for color and registration. The B.A.T.
(Bon à Tirer) is the final proof approved by the artist for printing. H.C. (Hors Commerce) are prints sometimes used as exhibition copies, so to preserve the numbered edition prints minimizing their exposure and potential damage.

Key to collecting fine prints is quality, condition, rarity, authenticity and provenance. Limited edition fine art prints should not be confused with mass reproductions facilitated through photography and digital processes. Generally a reproduction is not signed or numbered.
Beware if the artist’s signature is incorporated in the print image. Most posters fall into this mass-production category.

The BLDG adheres to a high standard of fine screen printmaking. We begin our process by selecting artists whose work is of critical acclaim or new artists whose work we feel is of interest to our constituents. We personally evaluate each work to determine how a print will be composed and how the color will develop. We meticulously select appropriate inks and paper. Each print is “hand pulled” in our studio, adding layer upon layer of color and dimension.

At any given time, trends, personal taste and market conditions impact value. Our goal is to produce a print that will stand the test of time. We encourage you to look, shop and enjoy our collections at 30 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky, and online at To stay current on the latest happenings visit our blog


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