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mseawell

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To sign or not to sign
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:15:50 AM »

Good snowy day from Utah! I have a question concerning signing art. We recently got an order from a company for some metallic prints (24x32) and some large canvas pieces. My question is do you sign each piece and if so, what are you using to sign the metallic and canvas pieces?

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Mark
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 12:05:16 PM »

Yes I sign them.

My question to you would be, do you mean metallic Paper or metal - like Dye sub on Aluminum. Several things will work on metallic paper,
but the only thing I have found to work on Metal is a pen made in Germany by "Kaiser" it is made to mark on very smooth surfaces like film, glass
or metal and is permanent. Only color is black. It will work on metallic paper also.

I sign Canvas with a pen that uses acrylic paint as ink, most art stores carry them. Available in many colors.
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 12:18:29 PM »

Good snowy day from Utah! I have a question concerning signing art. We recently got an order from a company for some metallic prints (24x32) and some large canvas pieces. My question is do you sign each piece and if so, what are you using to sign the metallic and canvas pieces?

Cheers

Mark

Yes sign each print but not inside the image area (very kitsch if you do).
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 12:22:11 PM »

Yes sign each print but not inside the image area (very kitsch if you do).

What about canvas prints where the image area covers it all? Or are those kitsch just by their nature?
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 12:23:09 PM »

Why not embed your signature in the image data?
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2017, 10:51:54 AM »

What about canvas prints where the image area covers it all? Or are those kitsch just by their nature?

Place your mark or signature on the verso. Signatures in the image area of photographs are extremely tacky IMO especially when signed with a metallic pen.

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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2017, 11:12:24 AM »

I just bought two framed photographic prints from Stills Gallery, Sydney. No signature, but a label on the back giving details about the photographs provenance.

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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2017, 08:40:21 PM »

I resemble that remark. Another opinion...

1) Why would you not want your signature visible? Have you ever seen a painting without a signature? Your signature is your calling card. It shows viewers who produced the art. I sell "signed" prints. In my market the signature adds value.
2) If you sign somewhere other than on the image itself, there is no guarantee your signature will be visible when the piece is displayed. It can be covered by a frame or a mat.
3) If you are worried about it looking kitsch, then avoid splattering a large gaudy dramatic and illegible flourish on the image. A small simple legible signature serves the purpose. I am careful to choose a color and location that does not draw attention.

Signed work always adds value. Tacky signatures included in the image area do not. I did not suggest placing a signature where it can't be seen - but not in the image area. Photographers signatures typically or traditionally are placed in the lower right hand corner (right hand relative to the signer) of the print border. If you produce a borderless print then mark the print on the back (verso) of the print in a manner appropriate for the medium.

Any mark in the image area diminishes the work IMO and in the opinion of many collectors, curators, and gallerists.

I can see by looking at your images on your web page that your name is (copyright mark) splattered right in the image area. Why? Do you really fear some one stealing your work using a low res image?

I also imprint my mark with an embossment to indicate that I printed the work.

Per your website:
Signature
Unless you request otherwise, I sign all photos in the lower right corner, on the image itself, not in the border.  A certificate of authenticity is included with all prints.

But do as you wish and I'm sure you will.

Don Bryant
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 01:11:58 AM »

Any mark in the image area diminishes the work IMO and in the opinion of many collectors, curators, and gallerists.
Good feedback. Thanks.
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2017, 09:41:23 AM »

What about canvas prints where the image area covers it all? Or are those kitsch just by their nature?

Matt, I thought all canvas prints were kitsch. Whether or not they consume the entire area.

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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2017, 09:43:50 AM »

I guess so. Kitsch sells!

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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2017, 12:18:36 PM »

Yet painters selling work for tens of thousands of $$$ sign in the image area all the time.

Do whatever works for you.

To quote Ansel Adams on signing - do it legibly so the buyer will know who to write the check.
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Re: To sign or not to sign
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2017, 07:57:14 AM »

Yet painters selling work for tens of thousands of $$$ sign in the image area all the time.

Do whatever works for you.

To quote Ansel Adams on signing - do it legibly so the buyer will know who to write the check.

And on that note... I'm generally more interested in getting my buyer's signature than someone getting mine.  I prefer signing or placing an info card on the rear.
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