What is an Artist Proof?
An artist’s proof is a one of a small number of prints, usually not more than 10% of the edition size. These are set aside for the artist’s use.
Traditionally, these were the first prints off the press. The best quality copies and were used to approve color consistency for the rest of the printing.
Lithography was invented to create numerous copies of an image, of good quality at lesser cost. With modern offset printing methods and digital printing, artist proofs are now of the same quality as the standard edition prints. They published only as part of the print making tradition. These prints are marked AP or Artist Proof and are numbered separately from the total edition.
In a hand-pulled lithograph generally artist proofs still hold the traditional definition. A hand-pulled lithograph means the printing process was done manually. Etching, wood block and linoleum cut, etc. the paper “pulled” off creating the image with ink or paint.
Some collectors prefer the Artist Proof because of the smaller edition size.
For more information check out – Artist’s Proof on Wikipedia
Nicholas Santoleri ~ Artist Pine Ridge Productions, Inc.
1515 West Chester Pike Unit A-6, West Chester, PA 19382
In Historic Chester County, Pennsylvania