Limited-edition prints offer an affordable way of owning artwork from some of the UK's leading artists.
Choose from a range of hand-made original prints produced by specialist printmakers through traditional methods such as: Etchings & Engravings, Linocut & Woodcut, Screenprint & Silkscreen, Lithograph and Monotype. Or browse through digital fine art prints and reproductions/giclée's produced using the latest digital techniques from digital artists and popular painters.
What is a print?
A print is any work of art made in multiple iterations, created through the transfer of an image from one surface to another.
Original Prints vs Reproduction Prints
An original print is defined as 'an artwork which was originally conceived by the artist as a print'. i.e. the artwork was always intended to be produced as a print. Typically these are produced using traditional mechanical methods (discussed below) but they can also be produced digitally (e.g. C-Types).
A reproduction is a printed representation, facsimile or copy of an original artwork printed through digital means e.g. a giclée print of a watercolour painting.
Types of Original Print
Traditional original prints can be made using a wide variety of techniques, but you'll likely encounter 5 main types.
1) Relief prints are created when an image is transferred from a wooden or linoleum panel which has been carved with a design and ink rolled onto the surface. The image that transfers comes from the raised parts of the design on the panel, and not the gauged parts. Common relief prints are either woodcuts and linocuts.
2) Intaglio prints are in essence the opposite to relief prints. An image is cut into a surface and ink is then washed over. The areas that were cut will retain the ink, and when pushed onto the paper, create an image in reverse. Common intaglio prints include etchings and engravings or drypoint and mezzotint.
3) Lithographic prints are created in a process more similar to traditional drawing or painting. Rather than carving into a physical medium such as a metal plate as with relief prints and intaglio prints, an artist draws onto a stone (or also now aluminium) with a grease-based medium such as lithographic crayons which attract ink when treated.
4) Screenprints and silkscreens are a type of stencil technique. Images or photographs can be used to create stencils which then become coloured through the use of paints. A repetitive process of layering various stencils and adding colour creates a design on a paper or canvas.
5) Monotype prints unlike other print techniques produces unique copies each and every time. Here an artist creates the image by drawing onto a polished surface such as glass or metal with ink, or alternatively covers the surface entirely with ink and subsequently removes areas of ink. When pressed onto paper the image is transferred.
Prints can now be produced digitally, rather than only through hand-pulled techniques as described above.
The most common type of digital print is a Glicée print. The name originates from the French verb gicler which means to squirt or spray as generally giclée prints are produced with an inkjet printer (where the ink ‘spurts’ through a nozzle). This technique results in a high quality print with vivid colours, created through the use of pigment based inks.