The value of a limited-edition print is often misinterpreted. Possibly because the work can be sold again several times. However, while your typical museum gift shop poster might be historically questionable (albeit a good souvenir), our consultants and experienced collectors are firm believers in the value of fine art limited edition prints.
Whether you’re purchasing art as a gift, a collectible or an asset, limited edition archival prints are an excellent way to build an art collection.
Traditionally, low edition numbers uphold the art value, as does the quality of the print material. Limited edition art from Otomys is low because the gallery believes the value of the work is in the aesthetics, the artists credibility and its uniqueness.
Ensure the paper is archival and withstands the impact of time; Epson ink on archival cotton rag OBA paper is UV tolerant, with no fading or yellowing over time. This material offers art a broad spectrum of colour, high ink saturation and texture. Otomys is meticulous about the quality of art materials; the quality of fine art should ensure the art lasts a lifetime.
With the artists agreement each edition is numbered, titled, and signed and a Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each editioned work.
From photography to sculpture
The art of printmaking dates back to the invention of the printing press in the 1400’s, and with the printing of photography in the early 1770’s, fine art photography stemmed from this.
Early photographic amateurs would produce small sets of prints of their work to distribute to friends and family, and this approach quickly built a small but thriving industry on the backbone of portraits and event photography.
With the development of the cyanotype in 1842 by engineers, blueprints (as the word literally translates) were born. This led to a huge increase in the Victorian output of photography, with subjects including diagrams, flora and fauna.
Through the development of 3D printers it is now common to have limited edition sculpture. This allows the artists to recreate a limited number of works at a lower price, which is in turn a cost saving to the buyer. See an example of Limited Edition sculpture by Marie Bernard and Morgan Shimeld ( hyperlink)
What is a pigment print?
Since the late 1800s, printing has continued to adapt to developments in technology and new varieties of ink. Giclée or pigment prints came popular in the 1980s following the development of the first inkjet printers.
Now this style of printing is preferred by galleries and pigment prints are collected by museums due to their archival value and ability to resist fading.
Pigment chemistry is based on the suspension of pigment (ink) particles in a carrier liquid, which permits more accurate application to and deeper penetration into the porosity of fine paper.
The value of limited-edition prints
The scarcity and ‘limited’ number of works printed is what leads to the market value of each work – and this is particularly positive for early and mid-career artists as well as for collectors.
World class contemporary galleries exhibit limited edition fine art because they ensure the value and quality is maintained.
Limited Edition pigment prints from Otomys are a fundamental part of our collection model and provide our collectors with access to powerful work by Sophia Szilagyi, Rebekah Stuart, Mark Tipple and Krisjan Roussow.
Limited edition collecting
Experienced print collectors are an entire demographic within themselves, and they often speculate on the future of artists who are set to sell or held in blue-chip collections.
There is a whole culture built around print collecting, including superstitions about holding a certain edition number across all pieces by the same creator (which leads to a heightened value of the overall portfolio).
As the portfolio value and career of an artist develops, limited edition prints are a way to hold value - simply on a single piece of paper.