What is Original Artwork?
Original artworks are handmade and designed by the artist and are a one-off, individual piece. They can take all kinds of different forms, from paintings to sculptures. The materials used will be the artist's individual preference and style. Many art fans will only purchase original artworks for their collections. Prices vary dramatically, largely depending upon how well known the artist is and the popularity of their work and style. Overtime, original artworks can significantly increase in value. Some people collect as an investment, whilst other collect purely for the love of beautiful art.
What are Giclee Prints?
Archival quality printing. The word giclée is based on the French word gicleur, which means "nozzle" (the verb form gicler means "to squirt, spurt, or spray"). Prints are imaged using archival pigment inks for long life. Giclee fine art printing offers one of the highest degree of accuracy and richness of colour available in any of the reproduction techniques. The visual quality of the print result is extremely high with seeming continuous tone prints without dots, lines or barring.
What are Limited Edition Prints?
Limited Edition Prints confirm the number of works made after the original, which makes the image more exclusive and therefore more valuable. The price can vary depending upon how many of the limited edition have been sold and how many are still available for purchase. For very popular work the market price can rise over time, if demand outstrips supply. They will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity confirming details of the print.
What is a Certificate of Authenticity?
Certificates of Authenticity (COA) contain information on the artist, the title of the work, the media used, information about the image, the signature of the print maker, and the number and date of the edition. A Certificate of Authenticity is a useful benefit when you purchase a print. It should be kept safe as it will reinforce the artwork at any future resale. Gateway Art Sales provides a COA with all Original Artworks, Limited Edition fine art giclee prints and Open Edition fine art giclee prints.