To outsiders the art world often seems difficult to understand. ed. art wants the art to be in focus, rather than the artworld. So here are answers to some common questions and misunderstandings. And some practical things.
How are the works on ed-art.se seletected?
We try to find a wide variety of different types of subject matters and expressions, but always of high quality. We do this by collaborating with established printers and galleries, but also by by seeking out interesting artists ourselves.
I am an artist and wonder if you want to sell my works, how should I do?
ed. art is always looking for new works. If you know someone who makes prints, or if you yourself print, please email us pictures at info [at] ed-art.se.
Why are there twenty works by one artist and just one by another?
Artists work in very different ways when it comes to prints. Some may have prints as their primary medium, while others have made just one, often once invited to do so by a printer. ed. art works both directly with artists who work mainly as printmakers and with printers that have partnered with with a variety of artists, who have made just a few prints per artist.
How are the prices set?
The price of a work is establishes by the artist in collaboration with the ed. art and, if involved, printers and gallerists. The price depends on a variety of factors. How well-established the artist is becomes an important factor, but also what type of print it is, how large the edition is, how technically complex the work is to produce and so on.
Are prices including VAT?
The prices listed on ed-art.se include 25% VAT. Companies in Sweden can deduct art purchases smaller than SEK 10,000 as consumable equipment, and can also deduct the VAT. Companies outside Sweden, within the EU can get a VAT free intra-community invoice.
I saw a piece at an online auction that cost much more / much less, does it affect your prices?
Obviously the primary (directly from the artist via an agent, ie, ed. art or a gallery) and the secondary markets (auction house) are interdependent. But there are big differences. When you buy a print on the primary market you pay for the work carried out in making the piece. While on the secondary market you pay the previous owner. Therefore, the pricing is based on entirely different parameters and will not always run parallel.
Will my work of art be a good investment?
The value of art can go both up and down. We advise you to buy art mainly because you want to surround yourself with interesting pictures that make your life a little richer.
How do I pay?
Payments are handled by our partner for safe web payments, Payson. Persons and companies with a Swedish ID/organisational number, can choose to pay by invoice, all others have to choose the credit card payment method.
I want to frame my work in a different frame than the default, how do I do?
There are endless possibilities with framing, our pre-selected ones are only suggestions. Contact us if you want something else!
Why do some works have mounts as default for framing and others not?
The framing alternatives suggested for each artwork are just proposals that ed. art finds suitable, but these are only suggestions and can of course be done in other ways. Contact us in that case.
Can I frame my work in a frame from IKEA?
Do you want your work to live a long and healthy life we think you should turn to a real frame maker. This is because they use acid-free cardboard. The acid that is otherwise in mounts and cardboards will eventually cause your piece yellow, and in the very long run will be "eaten up" by the acid. The paper will wither away..
In addition, a beautiful, custom made fram looks so much better!
What is a mount?
The mount in the cardboard frame that is sometimes placed around the work of art, within the frame. It is used to create a distance between the artwork and the frame - give it some air.
When does one use a mount?
This is of course a matter of taste, but prints which themselves have a wide border of white around the print itself do not generally need a mount. For artworks that have a small white border, the distance between the print itself and the frame is sometimes too short. The mount will then add some air to the framing. If the print goes right out to the edge of the paper, a mount will be a bad idea since it will cover parts of the print. In this case the paper is placed with a distance from the fram and the white cardboard behind the paper showing, instead.
What is a box frame?
A box frame means that the artwork is not pressed against the glass, but a small batten is placed between the frame and the backing cardboard, creating a box for the print to "breathe" in. It is a little more exclusive way of framing, suitable for example when the paper of the print is very thick, when the print has a relief or torn edges that are given more life when they are not pressed against the glass.
How do you ship the artwork that I purchased?
We will send both framed and unframed as value parcels with Posten, within Sweden. This means they must be collected with ID from your nearest post office. Unframed works sent in a large flat package, not on a roll.
I have chosen framing, you guarantee that the work will not break in transit?
We pack all our parcels as thoroughly as we can to ensure that the frames do not break. But should an accident occur during transport, we take full responsibility for you getting an intact artwork.
Is any work that you sell signed? Why is it important?
Yes, all works are signed. This is particularly important in the world of editions as it is often a printer that finishes printing the edition. The signature indicates that the artist has seen and approved each print.
Is it better with a work that is earlier in an edition, eg. is 2/50 better than 45/50?
No. It is true that, for example, copper plates can wear, but today they are either reinforced to keep for a larger edition, or the size of the edition is adapted to the longevity of the plate. Neither is it always the case that the print signed no 1 was the first print. It might very well be the other way around.