Signing and dating art prints
Whether it’s legible or not, your name is still on the print and you’re promoting your brand.It doesn’t matter if the print is in a gallery, a private home, a bank, or a diner — the signature (brand) will be seen.
“The date helps the catalog.”Ultimately, says Wood, “The location of the signature doesn't matter to my collectors.I stand behind this print and I put my name on the line.” OK, so not everybody is quite so dramatic, but signing a print is a really big deal!It’s like signing a check — if you didn’t write the check, and you don’t have the funds to back it up, you wouldn’t sign it. Same thing with prints — if you didn’t make the print, and you don’t have the confidence to back it up, don’t sign it!Above all, if you decide to sign a print, the stuff you sign with should be of equal or greater archival quality to the print itself.There’s no point in producing a print to last 200 years, only to sign it with a Sharpie or something.() Another reason you might sign a print is to increase the value of the piece.
Since the signature states that the print was truly produced and/or approved by the artist, it becomes more desirable to art collectors.
It does matter sometimes to people who are not art savvy and think that if there isn't a signature on the front the work is somehow suspect.
Or they need an explanation why it's not on the front."Finally there's the issue of watermarking an image to prevent cyber misuse.
If there existed an official rule book, set of laws, or holy parchment that contained the answers I’d direct everybody to the web page.
But I don’t think something like that exists, and I know the process of signing fine art is less than defined.
Once you sign, that ink or paint becomes part of the print, and you want it to last.