Fine Art Prints

Fine Art Prints



Why do people buy fine art prints?

There are many reasons to buy fine art prints, but the main ones are:

  • The original has already sold but you love the picture.
  • The original is currently out of the budget range.
  • You love the picture but the original is too big for your current space.

How good is the print quality?

Fine Art Print or Original Oil Painting

I get asked this question all of the time. The video to the left shows both the original and a fine art print; can you tell the difference? A good high-quality printer, such as the two local Irish printers that I use: Ronan Hayes and Steve Crozier (360 dpi), will produce prints that are so close to the original that sometimes even I struggle to tell them apart.

All of my fine art prints are produced on high-quality fine art paper or canvas, this ensures:

  • They are Archival Quality
  • They are permanent and non-fade over time.
  • Virtually indistinguishable from original paintings

What is the difference between Limited and Open Editions?

Limited Edition prints are only produced in a short number, therefore, more rare and have an increased value (and potential value). They are usually signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity. Limited Edition prints are generally produced using giclée printing and on high-quality paper or canvas.

Open editions have an unlimited run and are often sold at wholesale. These are normally printed on less expensive paper, are smaller and do not come with certificates of authenticity. They are, however, a very good option if you are on a tight budget. In contrast to the norm, my open edition prints are also giclée printed on canvas and therefore maintain the same quality as (or better than some) limited editions.

All of my prints are giclée printed on canvas and come ready to hang in a wooden frame within a frame style.

What is Giclée Printing?

Giclée printing is a process for producing Fine Art prints from original artwork using highly specialised wide format inkjet printers. The original artwork is scanned at a very high resolution and then printed using ‘Epson Ultrachrome’ pigment inks on pure white, heavyweight ‘Hahnemuehle’ German Etching paper or canvas; this ensures the prints are of archival quality.

They are more expensive than prints produced by more traditional methods but have many advantages. Not least the fact that in addition to being permanent and non-fade, when displayed they are virtually indistinguishable from original paintings.