Prints – what are they?

Our collection of prints by Western Australian, Northern Territory and South Australian artists.

The following explanation from the International Fine Print Dealers Association describes exactly what is involved in making a print.

"A print is a work of graphic art which has been conceived by the artist to be realised as an original work of art, rather than a copy of a work in another medium. Prints are produced by drawing or carving an image onto a hard surface (known as a matrix) such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper or another material by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate."

Prints are original works of art, many of them highly collectible and can be an inexpensive way of owning an artwork by well known artists, compared to paintings.

Most of the important public and private art collections contain a collection of prints as well as paintings and sculpture.