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Old 01-10-2012, 04:05 PM
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Question Question about Signatures

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I wasn't sure which folder to post this under, so excuse me if this isn't the best one.

I have a question about signatures and keeping them the same in all your paintings. I don't have a fancy sig, just my name in caps. But sometimes I will sign as J SMITH and sometimes as JANE SMITH. I only noticed that recently. I am slightly worried it might be a big deal. I have sold some works already, so I can't just go back and change them. I think it's better to keep an eye on it from now on, but that it isn't that serious? What do you think?
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:06 AM
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Re: Question about Signatures

I have a friend that's a gallery owner and she said that it's best to sign the same on every painting (and also always sign them, which I am very bad at remembering ).

I think it helps to brand your work so that even if you progress to diffrent styles fans can still track you. Or maybe I'm overthinking.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:10 PM
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Re: Question about Signatures

I agree, I think an artist should always sign paintings the same way. I also put the year the painting was completed and often the copyright symbol. This may not be correct, and I have heard the objection for putting the year on the painting is viewers would wonder why the piece has not sold yet, for instance if the painting is 2 years old.....a bit ridiculous I think.
If an artist submits pieces to juried shows, a year it was painted is always wise. Many juried shows accept only works completed within the last 2 years.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:46 AM
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Re: Question about Signatures

I sign my art (both fully completed works and sketches) with RAZ in the same letter style, but often I add something to it. It can be a small symbol/scribble/whatever but the main sig is always the same.

What I'm getting at is, that even with a thing like signatures there should be room to play and be creative.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:42 PM
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Re: Question about Signatures

I sign studies and small works in pencil with a signature before varnishing.
With finished pieces I sign in paint, with my full name. I never date the work, as some works travel to different galleries and old dated paintings would not be wanted by galleries except in a retrospective show.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:11 PM
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Re: Question about Signatures

It's entirely a personal preference. I've worked with gallery owners who have wanted the painting signed yet others who insisted that the artist not sign their work.

Some artists sign the front of their work while others sign the back.

Sometimes I sign my work and other times I don't. I'll usually sign my paintings because to me it signifies the painting is finished. I like to sign my drawings but have had requests not to do so.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:00 AM
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Sometimes I sign my work and other times I don't. I'll usually sign my paintings because to me it signifies the painting is finished. I like to sign my drawings but have had requests not to do so.

I was taught (many years ago) that if it is good enough to show, the work is good enough to be owned and until it's signed it's not owned. If you are proud of your work, sign it. (Though I must admit occasionally one goes of to a show and I have to go in and sign it later because I have forgotten to... )
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:13 PM
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Re: Question about Signatures

For me art is about expanding consciousness and breaking down my own mental barriers. I always explore and try new techniques/styles to further my understanding of painting. So my signature changes as I grow. I never sign until the signature has been practiced throughly on scrape paper first. Once decided on, to go with the overall mood, I put it very small and in a color that is only slightly subtly different than the background color.

Here's some styles I use:
Computer font
Cursive
Childlike scribble
Calligraphy
Graffiti
Sign it in a made up alias (like Shark Barf)
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Re: Question about Signatures

I sign in with my first initial and last name. I use roman numerals for the date because of what I have read on this site so many times about how it makes works seem old when you see an older dated painting. So far the date thing is working as long as the string of numbers does not get out of hand...but the roman numerals tells me when I did it and will tell others but they have to think about it a bit
I try to keep the signature the same though, future art buyers/critics/lookers can know who did it and with a little thought when...
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:24 AM
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Re: Question about Signatures

I can follow that. I have made many sketches and paintings along the way I didn't bother to sign for the reason I didn't think they were worth it.

My mom, bless her soul, have often critizized me for not signing everything I draw and and paint. She thinks everything I make is pure genius, but then again moms are the most lenient critics in existence

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I was taught (many years ago) that if it is good enough to show, the work is good enough to be owned and until it's signed it's not owned. If you are proud of your work, sign it. (Though I must admit occasionally one goes of to a show and I have to go in and sign it later because I have forgotten to... )
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Re: Question about Signatures

Here's some more ways to sign your work:

Invisible ink

Stab a hole through your painting and the signature is the kinetic motion

Black light sensitive paint (only visible in UV)

Da Vinci (Upside down and backwards)

Use a famous painters name

Put a thick layer on and then use the end of a brush to scratch your name in.

Sign it "Shark Barf" - Put the blame on me
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