Artwork Editions

Artwork Editions



I have spent considerable time defining a structure for print runs that provides value to the buyer, while at the same time generating ongoing revenue streams for the causes that I promote.

To learn more about my social cause business model, please see Drawing for Change.


Print Types

Artwork editions for each work are defined on the product page. The editions produced will never vary from that stated when the original artwork, or the first print of that artwork is sold.

In general (unless otherwise specified on the artwork sales page), for each original artwork created, I produce, or reserve the right to produce, several types of prints. These include:

  • Limited edition prints (L/P)
  • Open edition prints (O/P)
  • Unique edition prints (U/P)
  • Hors de commerce prints (H/C)
  • Artist’s proofs (A/P)
  • Stationary sets, greeting cards, books, and other promotional products

Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print runs vary with each artwork. For example, for larger artworks, limited edition prints may be available in full-size and 2/3-size. For smaller artworks, 2/3-size prints may not be printed. Full-size print runs (e.g., total of 25 prints) are generally smaller than 2/3-size print runs (e.g., total of 50 prints).

All limited edition prints are signed, and include a signed certificate of authenticity.

Details on limited edition print runs for each artwork are available on the artwork sales page.

If you have any questions, please contact me at chris@chrismuhlart.com.

Open Edition Prints

Open edition prints may be produced for some larger artworks. Open edition prints generally do not exceed 1/2 the height (works in portrait orientation) or 1/2 the width (works in landscape orientation) of the original artwork. For smaller artworks, open edition prints may not be printed, or may only be used in stationary and greeting card products, books, and/or various promotional products.

Open edition prints are never signed and do not include a certificate of authenticity. This is standard practice in the art industry, and is one measure for ensuring the value for limited edition prints.

Details on open edition print runs for each artwork are available on the artwork sales page.

Open editions have the potential to place the artwork in front of a larger audience, increasing exposure, and potentially increasing demand. For the buyer, this may increase the value of the artwork. For the artist, open edition runs create ongoing revenue streams.

Unique Edition Prints

For each artwork, I define a number of unique prints that can be created. Unique prints may be hand embellishing, recolored, resized, or transformed with various other media (e.g., wood block art), to create unique variations.

All unique edition prints are signed, and include a signed certificate of authenticity.

Details on unique edition print runs for each artwork are available on the artwork sales page.

If you have any questions, please contact me at chris@chrismuhlart.com.

Hors de commerce prints (H/C)

The number of hors de commerce prints produced for any artwork will not exceed 15% of the full-size limited edition print run.

Artist’s proofs (A/P)

The number of full-size artist’s proofs will not exceed 10% of the full-size limited edition print run.

With modern Giclée methods, artist’s proofs may not be full-size and several prints may be produced to perfect color accuracy. Should the size of an Artist’s proof resemble the size of a limited edition print run, no more than 10% of the total number in that run will be maintained.

Other Reproductions

I reserve the right to use my artwork in other reproductions that are intended to enhance the monetary or charitable value of the artwork, and do not diminish the exclusivity of ownership of my work.

When used appropriately, I believe that stationary sets, greeting cards, books, and other promotional products increase artwork exposure. While exposure does not guarantee that an artwork will become more valuable, it does increase the likelihood that it will.