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What is the definition Of original art?Originality comes from the artists own imagination. It's an original work that is NOT received from another artist or someone else not copied from another work. It's work usually created in a unique style.
- It’s unique one of a kind art. Original artworks from the artist own hands.
- Artwork made by hand. The art was not created by a machine driven process.
What Does Original Art Mean?
Original art created by the artist hands is considered more desirable and valuable. The definition of what is original art can get real complicated when you start talking about prints. And by prints I am talking about giclees, etchings and lithographs, silk prints, woodcuts and so on. Take for example Andy Warhol screenprints.
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His first series published was Marilyn Monroe. He took advantage of the efficiency of the screenprinting technique and created several versions of the same image using a variety of color compositions. The screenprinting process is a stencil form in which a stencil is placed on a sheet and the ink is then pushed through the stencil to create an image. So, there is the design or the artwork subjective matter and then the process of printing.
He printed many prints himself but also used printing studios as demand for his work increased. Are these considered original works of art? In my opinion the value is different. The ones where the artist (Andy in this case) actually had a hand in making would be considered more valuable. Wouldn’t you agree?
So what about giclees? Are they considered original works of art? Well let me first start by defining what exactly is a giclee? Giclee was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker, for fine art digital prints on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created in a process invented at the end of the 1980s on a modified Iris printer.
Since then, it has been used freely to mean fine art, mostly archives, inkjet printing. It is often used by artists, galleries and print shops to suggest high-quality printing, but because it is an unregulated word, there is no quality guarantee. So it’s basically a high quality print created by a mechanical process. So, it’s not original art.
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So far in this article we covered the “made by the artist’s own hands” and the “machining process”. We have a good understanding of what is original art and what is not so far. But what about the word “unique” in the definition of what is original art? What exactly does that mean?
Is artwork considered original artwork if the art had been created in some way before? This brings about an interesting question or could this just be a play on semantics? So the definition of unique is “existing as the only one or as the sole example, single, solitary in type or characteristic”. Having no like or equal, or limited in occurrence and not typical or unusual. But in my opinion you also have to take into consideration that all words undergo semantic development over time and their meaning can change.
Early definitions of words may be stricter yesterday as compared to today. Therefore as the meaning changes so does the definition and its application and usage. Therefore the definition and meaning of “original art” over the years has changed ever so slightly, right?
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As you can see there is merit to both arguments in this case but in the end it’s the artist’s perspective that has to be taken into consideration. What the artist does with the subject matter, their style and the use of the medium is what makes it unique. Otherwise all landscape paintings would not be original art because it was already done before.
What Makes A Work Original?
But what if the artist perspective is taken out of the equation? Take for example Giacometti sculptures that are made from casts. Are these original arts? Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Giacometti was one of the most important 20th century sculptors. His work has been influenced in particular by artistic styles like Cubism and Surrealism.
Between 1938 and 1944 Giacometti created sculptures that were miniature in size. They had a maximum height of about seven centimeters. Its small size reflected the actual distance from the position of the artist to his model. Giacometti created his best known sculptures after the war. This was his extremely slender and tall figurines.
What if Giacometti had no hand in making the sculpture but hired out the actual making of the sculpture? Are sculptures created in this fashion considered original art? Well, this might be a gray area, but I would say no. One could make a good argument either way. But to me if the artist did not actually have a hand in the actual creation of the work then it’s not going to be as valuable as where he or she had their own hand in the creation. I would say no. In this case it’s not original art.
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What Is Original Art Work Conclusion
In conclusion you can make very good arguments for something that its original art and very good cases that it’s not. I am guessing there are hundreds of other examples and questions that can be debated. I only scratched the surface in this article. But I hope this article got you thinking more about the subject and if you walk away with only one thing in mind after reading this article it should be, always buy original art. It’s worth more and is always more desirable than a replica.
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