Originals and Reproductions
An original piece of fine art is a work created
by the artist's own hands. It can be an oil painting,
acrylic sculpture, watercolor landscape, mixed media wall
piece or any other expression of original work. "Original"
means the artist did all or a great majority of the work on
this piece; it is done in the artist's style and technique. The
term "original" in its core use for art means more than just
o n e - o f - a - k i n d , it means this piece is an "original"
expression of the artist and it's seen as a true
representation of the artist and their art.
A g a i n , in an original painting, everything on the
painting has been done by the artist and there is only one of
its kind. However, in the last decade a relatively new
phenomenon called a "limited series of originals" has
become very popular with artists and the art buying public.
To create a limited series of originals the artist will
personally paint several pieces very similar to each other,
not identical, but similar. Each work is considered an
original and it allows for several patrons, not just one
person, to enjoy the original painting in their home.
Most people on the other hand find originals,
especially by well-known artists, are beyond their
means or desire to afford. So artists will create a more
affordable version of their paintings or, if possible,
sculptures called a reproduction.
There are several methods for producing
reproductions; however within all reproductions there is
a system of numeration commonly known as edition
numbers. For example, you may visit a gallery and when
looking at a painting notice somewhere on the piece (usually