Print Lingo

Of Prints and Reproductions, and Of Originals and Copies:
What's what and how to use the terms.


The term print is often misused.

Prints are original worksof art, usually done on paper or on canvas. They are not paper copies of work done in another medium.  Instead, the print medium is their original form. 

If the picture was originally produced in paint or pen, for example, then a reproduction would be called a "reproduction".

This strict sense of the two terms is used by Prairie House Gallery in all of its dealings. 

For example, consider the following three pieces of artwork by our artist, M. Readey.

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This first piece is a giclee print.  That means it was never a painting.  Instead, the concept was developed and executed in the medium in which appears here.
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This second piece, Lamentation for a Dying World, is an Acrylic Painting.  Any paper copy of it would be a reproduction. 

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This third piece, badland bute, is a photograph.  The work does not exist outside this medium, and it was desinged to be seen this way.  Copies of this image, produced directly by the artist, would be considered to be a photographic print.


Still confused? Don't wory.  There's  many sites that explain the differences between prints and reproductions.  Just know this when you are buying: both are cool, but  they are different.   Let your eye and your heart guide your art purchases.  Remember: You got to live with your art.  Make certain that you like it.


For more information on the difference between a print and a reproduction, check out the following link:

http://www.artinwales.250x.com/print%20definition.htm