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Old 02-27-2012, 03:22 PM
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Question What's the deal on signing your painting?

I have been signing my paintings for the last 30 years (although I certainly no longer write the year), and my niece who is just out of art school does not sign her work and says it's not done any more.
I really like seeing the artist's name.
Has the protocol changed?
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

I almost always sign except maybe studies and on finished paintings usually on the front and on the back.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:34 PM
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

When I look at a painting I want to see the work soI don't sign, I think it interferes with the painting, I do paste a card with my name and info on one of the back struts.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:16 PM
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

As far as I've seen in galleries most artists sign or at least leave some sort of initial/symbol to represent that it's their work. Wonder what the galleries' stance is on that.
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

From these responses, it appears that if the signature interfers with the integrity of the work, then leave it out. Otherwise, a signature that fits in nicely with the work seems to be OK..........unless i hear otherwise.
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

I have heard of artists (gallery wrap canvases) signing on the canvas side.
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Re: What's the deal on signing your painting?

That is what I do Dave. The signature becomes part of the composition, and after I spend the time to balance the composition, the last thing I want to do is add another element. So I sign on the side of the support. If there is no side to the support or it needs to be framed, I'll quietly include my signature somewhere in the piece where it won't be noticed without looking for it.

Most artists in my area sign on the face of their work, but there are a growing number who don't.
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