I always used to write the title of the piece, medium and year on the back and sign it, then I found myself crossing out the date on the back and to me it looked really undecisive so I stopped writing on the back altogether except for my signature. Over the years the appearance of the safety catch clasp has changed so it's good to recognize the old from the new. During my early years as a professional artist I made an appointment to show my portfolio to the owner of a well-known gallery in New York. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? Collectors who choose to frame and display their works continuously should take care to keep them out of direct sunlight. Since most of my work includes portraits of real people historical, ancestral or contemporary and everything goes to reproduction print when completed, my buyers appreciate the dates because it indicates at what point the subject was in their lifetime and what point my work, in that particular subject, style, colour palette, or design was created.
I looked at it occasionally. You want something that's easy to clean, smooth, and won't break if you apply pressure to it. The printer usually keeps it. I do not direct them to any images, new or old, unless they have a particular idea in mind. Additionally, some artists used only certain suppliers, and this information can be used by an expert to authenticate or discredit your painting as the work of a particular artist.
I have always dated my work, both sculpture and paintings. I have a large bronze sculpture that although western in theme requires a certain buyer to fall in love with it. What does the other side look like? But, a date would raise the very issues that you have expressed. I am sculpting Clay and casting a picture style wall hanging. Total analysis with Wood's light.
I have been guilty of this myself. I have a friend who paints abstracts that signs on the back so that the buyer can hang in the direction they like best. How do you feel about using the date of the print as opposed to the date the image was actually made in the camera? Gary Auerbach Artist list from Musee Jenisch: I would not mind telling a prospective client the age of the artwork if asked but I really doubt that buyers are that concerned with dates…signatures yes, dates no. And while I do photograph over 90% of my paintings occasionally one will sell before I get around to it , it might be several months before I get around to shooting them I shoot a big lot right around fairtime. Then, I complete the signature and date and send them off to fine art competitions.
I date each of my paintings and will continue to do so. A collagraph is a print made from a plate that's built up from anything you can stick down onto a base of cardboard or wood. It should not detract from the painting. I prefer not to date my paintings except for copyright dates. This is great for the gallery if it is getting lots of sales but bad for the artist as is the case today where galleries are struggling just to pay the rent. The Used experienced several changes upon making Artwork. Sometimes when I am passive, my work shows it as well.
A museum may be looking at it from a art history point of view… but most of us are not as worried about our art history placement as we are about selling our artwork to eek out what living we can! I use to date my work, but after much experience in working with galleries, have learned to the wise. It's not a legal requirement, of course, but if you don't add your name to a painting, how will anyone know who the artist is? Below are some visual examples of artwork labels: For a loaned artwork: Roy Lichenstein Whaam! Works are dated for art historical purposes. So I am doing so here. Has it been exhibited, written about, mentioned or illustrated online or in publications, included in a catalogue, received an award, selected by a jury, defaced by a crazy person, posted on a third-party website, commented on, or critiqued in any formal circumstances? I have not read all 100 plus comments, so this suggestion might have already been made. This looks a bit like salvage wood. Last month, I was chosen as a semifinalist for a large commission, based on the level of my work and the examples given in proposal. Sometimes the piece that was created — displayed — even won awards — finds buyers 15-20 even 25 years later! Sometimes it is more important to look to the long term than the short term.
If you locate a date for the print, this will give a general idea of the era and decade in which the frame was made. Rather than try to figure this out my answer has been to just avoid putting a date at all. In these days where identity fraud is rife do you really want your personal signature freely available to every cyber-crook out there? These are 100% legit time-tested art market methods that experienced knowledgeable collectors and art buyers in general respond to and pay higher prices for, and I'm going to tell you exactly what they are and how to use them to enhance the value and desirability of your art. So should the date be when I took the picture, when I altered it, when I printed it? Practice makes Perfect Practice writing your artists signature often so it becomes as natural to write as your regular signature, so that you can instantly sign your completed artworks and body parts of adoring fans with a confident flourish. Your signature should be the equivalent of that not literally ; something that is easy to read, easy to recognise, easy to remember, and an expression of your art and personality at the same time. .
I know the owner and would not tell them that of course. The great egg tempera artist, Andrew Wyeth, and others used wood for their paintings. As for documentation; I think most of us have pictures digital or print of most of our works for record keeping purposes. Thank you for your blog! Estimate the period look of your frame to establish a general date. I'm just wondering how many of you are going to 'fess up to not always remembering to sign your artwork before you frame it! I want to get this just right.
Jason, you are correct about dating. You're not always going to remember everything, especially as you get older, and you're not always going to be around to answer people's questions about your life and art, verify which works of your art are actually by you and not by someone else, and so on. Unfortunately, I have found age can have an impact on some not all, but some buyers. If you are an artist who prefers to use initials on the front, it will be a good idea to include your full signature on the back of the artwork. Who makes these rules up anyway? Therefore, information of about 99% of the human history can only be retrieved through the study of artifacts and fossils. I write with permanent marker so it won't fade although it doesn't see light , pencil is permanent but can be erased. If the work of art includes the creation date we risk prejudicing the potential buyer against the work unnecessarily.
Please state your opinions below. Perhaps it has been over-shadowed by a glamorous high visiblity piece of art. My teacher said that each ring stands for one year and archaeologists just count the rings and that gives a good estimate of how many years that tree has existed for. From my experience, one of the best date and value tips, is to buy from reputable dealers who guarantee their items. Now I am realizing what a huge mistake it was. I have therefore adopted the habit of dating work together with any other information that I would find helpful on the back of the work and I therefore only put a signature on the front.