Lasting impressions of printmaking

Mount Fuji, from the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, color woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai

There has always been a segment of the market catering towards limited edition prints for those who collect in this field. Prints by well-known printmakers and other artists such as a few painters are often highly coveted.

There have been many attempts to introduce prints to a larger section of society who could appreciate the medium. Several exhibitions of etchings, woodcuts and lithographs by senior and young artists alike have been on show to increase public awareness and interest. However, as prints are available in multiples, prices remain comparatively low to painting.

Printmaking, as an art practice is often difficult to sustain due to lack of easy access to printmaking facilities. The number of printmakers who continue their practice over the span of their career thus remains limited. This results in fewer numbers of prints in circulation. Prints by highly esteemed printmakers are thus always in high demand, even though they may not be as popular with the general public.

As a collector buying a print, some of the elements that one ought to take into consideration are the name of the artist, (most importantly) the quality of the work, its significance and its edition size.

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