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Behind the scenes: printing our art

We’re proud of the art we create, so we’re welcoming you inside to see how it’s made. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about our limited edition art, feel free to get in touch.

It all starts with the original artwork. Whether it’s a portrait, landscape or abstract creation, a team of skilled printmakers match the colours by eye to keep it as faithful to the original piece as possible.

The image is printed onto high-quality UK-manufactured canvases or paper using 12 Canon ink colours, capturing a spectacular spectrum of hues. Once dry, the artworks are hand-embellished by our specialist atelier team, making each one unique.

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Making each piece special

Let’s take Paul Kenton as an example. For his recent prints on aluminium, the images were printed using a flatbed printing machine and ultraviolet inks – with bright lamps to cure the ink. After two layers of white ink, a final strike of colour was added before the intricate details were picked out by hand.

For Bob Barker, each piece is hand-finished with a paintbrush to add shadows and depth.

What does limited edition mean?

 

Limited edition art is a translation of an original piece. There will only ever be a certain number of prints produced, retaining the value of the work over time. Each artwork is numbered and hand-signed by the artist.

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