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TAG Fine Arts and Original Prints

22 September 2011

What's so special about an original print? Find out with TAG Fine Arts.

Own Art caught up with TAG Fine Arts Directors, Hobby and Diana, to find out. In addition, they offer their expert advice on collecting and caring for the medium. Don't forget that you can use Own Art at the gallery.

What's so special about an original print?

In many cases, buying an original print enables you to own a work by an established artist, for a fraction of the price. When you buy an original print you are engaging with and supporting a long and exciting tradition stretching from Drer to the present day. Modern printmaking is increasingly diverse: new technologies have opened up all sorts of possibilities to contemporary artists, who are responding with a wonderful array of unexpected, fresh perspectives and beautifully creative works.

Any tips for starting a contemporary print collection or for those already collecting them?

Buy what you like, not what you think will go up in value. However, coming in at the beginning of an edition, taking the plunge and buying a newly published work can often result in your print gaining value in the longer term.

It's worth taking risks on new works that appeal to you. Stick to smaller editions - we would recommend buying from editions of up to 150 or 200, but ideally less - around 50, depending on the artist. Don't worry about the specific edition number, instead you should make sure the work is in good condition, and published either by the artist or a reputable print publisher and dealers. Original prints should be personally signed and editioned by the artist.

We would also recommend researching the artist before you buy - ask for a CV or biography listing their education and exhibition history.

What's the best way to look after contemporary prints?

Get the works framed so you can enjoy them: don't keep them rolled up under the bed. That said; make sure you keep the framed pieces out of direct sunlight. We encourage clients to get works framed behind museum-quality UV filter glass or perspex, but this can be expensive. Alternatively, move your framed works around, keeping them out of direct sunlight for periods of time.

Are there any other events which showcase contemporary prints that you can recommend visiting over the coming year?

Try the Press Freedom exhibition at the Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire;  the Northern Print Biennale in Newcastle and the Multiplied Contemporary Editions Fair at Christies, South Kensington.

TAG Fine Arts is a contemporary art dealers and publishers based in Islington, London. Launched in 2007, TAG represents emerging and established artists, many of whom specialise in printmaking and studied the discipline in top UK art colleges, including the renowned Royal College in London.

TAG Fine Arts Unit 129a Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street London N1 0QH

T: 020 7688 8444


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