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What is a limited edition serigraph?

A limited edition serigraph, or silk screen print, is a print from an edition which is limited to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces. The artist typically signs and numbers each print.

Silk screening, which was introduced in its modern form around 1907, is also known as serigraph printing. During the process, a stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee.

Unlike photo-offset, silkscreens (serigraphs) allow the artist to vary the colours and patterns while printing. A different screen is used for each colour in the print, and this results in a print with great colour density and many qualities of the original piece in terms of colour saturation. This also means that only one colour can be printed at a time, making the screen printing process slower than other methods of printing. However, in the fine art world, screenprints hold their high value due to their lightfast, rich, opaque colours, and their hand-produced appeal.

Artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein became famous for their vibrant, handcrafted serigraphs.

At Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints, all of our prints are limited edition silkscreen prints or serigraphs. Please visit our online gallery.

Author: Claus Karl

Claus Karl is the founder of Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints. Working in collaboration with Indigenous artists, Cedar Hill Long House publishes and sells limited edition silkscreen prints of Northwest coast Native art through their online gallery. Claus also likes to blog about anything Native culture and art related. His mission is to inspire curiosity and enjoyment by connecting a global audience to the originality and diversity of Northwest coast Native art and culture. Claus lives in Victoria, BC with his rescue Chihuahua “Charlie”. He is the proud father of two wonderful daughters who never miss an opportunity to challenge him in every way imaginable. As someone who loves symmetry, but can’t draw two straight lines, he has a lot of respect and admiration for the Indigenous art of the Northwest coast.