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  • Susanne Irving

I have been pondering whether and where to sign my work. For the time being, I have decided not to put my signature on the front of a painting or print.


There are two main reasons for this:


FLEXIBILITY

To my mind, a signature may discourage play and curiosity. I enjoy changing the way I hang an artwork as I often discover things I had not noticed before. I want you to have the freedom to explore rather than telling you through my signature which way the painting or print should be viewed if you invest in my work.


Often, there is more than one way to view a piece. As a case in point, I have turned a print of my “Origins” painting by 180 degrees and photographed it in front of the original. I wonder whether you noticed the change when you first looked at the image? Do you have a preference?


SAVING RESOURCES

I sell my prints unsigned so that they can be sent out directly by the printers. If I were to hand-sign each print, it would add travel miles and shipping costs and slow down the fulfilment of your order, as the printers would first have to send all prints to my studio.


However, to make up for the lack of signature, I have chosen limited edition print runs. They come with a certificate of authenticity with each print you purchase. This ultimately makes each print more valuable.


I wonder how you feel about signatures. Are they important to you when buying an artwork? You can leave a comment here.


Please contact me if you ever want a signed print or painting, and I will sign the work for you once we have agreed which side is up for you. :)