A lithograph is an authorized copy of an original work chosen and authorized by the artist and created by himself or other skilled craftsmen. To create a fine art print, the artist goes through a careful process of several experiments to achieve optimum colors effects and forms through a complex texture creation process.
Christian selected several of his most asked for works for our his limited edition color prints. Each of these lithographs are individually signed by the artist, numbered in a limited edition and come with a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity.
We have enlisted the expertise of Associate Professor Kunjana Dumsopee of the Department of Fine Art of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology in Bangkok who is the leading expert in this field and has been in charge of overseeing the production of these prints.
The printing process which creates a lithograph is different from other traditional methods. The lithograph process hinges on the principle that oil and water cannot mix. An oil-based variety of ink is applied directly to the plate the printmaker has etched the image into and immediately bonds with the crayon lines. Water is then wiped into the remaining unpainted areas to discourage the ink from smearing. A sheet of paper, preferably one with a high cotton content is then placed over the entire plate. We use 285 gram Fabriano paper from Italy which is one of the best quality papers in its field.
The inked plate and the paper are placed in a press and light pressure is used to transfer some of the ink. A color lithograph of an elaborate Develter painting requires several different runs with up to four different color inks: black, red, yellow and blue.
The same paper would be placed precisely over the re-inked plates, eventually creating a satisfactory lithograph.
Since the process of creating a lithograph can be just as time-consuming and detailed as an original painting, printing runs are often kept low to preserve value.
Our signed lithographs therefore has a set of numbers expressed as a fraction on one corner, such as 9/99. This means that the lithograph was the ninth one produced in a series limited to 99 prints.
As said previously our lithographs are printed in a limited edition series of 25, 50 and 99 pieces only.
If the print quality is excellent and the production numbers are low, it has a significant value in the art world as a collector’s item if properly signed by the artist himself.
Up to date, we have a collection of lithographs 70 x 100 cm ( paper ) size: "Obama", "Pu Yi"( sold out ) , "Hoyo de Monterrey"( sold out ), "Chinese Sailor", "Chinese Guard", "Callas"( sold out ) , "Olympics", "Chih Wei"( sold out ), "Hkin Chin"( sold out ). , "Satu Chin"( sold out ) , "Butterfly Daai Khuum Chin","K'Cho Chin","Laytu Chin", "Yindu Chin" and most recent "Tonzang Chin" We also produced two 50 x 70 cm size lithographs "Lucky God Blue" and "Lucky God Pink".
Bangkok March 2018
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