Frequently Asked Questions


What is the meaning of "Printmaking"?

A print is a picture that uses a wooden, metallic or stone printing surface (also called a plate). This "multiple" is a work of art, of which the number of copies is agreed upon between the artist and the publisher. Printmaking is a form of creation and diffusion.



What is the artist's role in the production of a print?

The artist is the creator of the image. The involvement of the artist is totally dependant on the artist's desire. He may want to print his own edition with or without the assistance of a master printer, or he will let the technicians manage the whole printing process.



How to assess the quality of a print?

We have chosen studios with a rich historical background. They have a long history in printing for the old masters; also, they have well-trained and experienced master printers. We have employed the best paper and printing materials as well.In order to maintain the highest printing quality, only a small number of prints are produced.



How big can a print be?

There is a wide variation of the print size. It can be quite large or small as well.But one thing that we should bear in mind is that the size of the printing paper has to go through the printing press in order to successfully print a picture, and the biggest existing printing press can process a 120x160cm paper.



What is the meaning of an "Artist Proof"?

The Artist's Proof (A.P. or A/P) or Epreuve d' Atiste (E.A. or E/A) in French is generally identical to the edition, but printed for the artist and others involved in the project to possess and use, rather than for sale by the publisher. They are also the first few pieces for the artist to grant the proof for further printing.



What is the meaning of an "Edition"?

The artist and the publisher decide together the number of the editions. For example:? if the total number of the prints to be printed is fifty (50), each print will be numbered as 1/50, 2/50, 3/50......49/50, 50/50 respectively. When the edition is finished, the original plates are destroyed. Thus, no more identical prints of the same plate can be reproduced.



Does the number in the print affect its value?

No, it doesn't. The numbering indicates the number of the individual print, and the size of the edition. The number sequence does not necessary means the order of actual printing.



What factors affect the value of a print?

The value of a print really depends on the establishment of the artist and the value of his original work. The more famous the artist is, the more demand for his prints. The degree of complexity of printmaking technique employed (for instance, poly-colored prints are more complicated to produce an one color print) will affect the cost of production greatly.



Is a print a collectable item and would it appreciate in value in the future?

A print is produced at a very limited number. Once the publisher has sold out its edition, collectors must buy it at the secondary market through auctions or galleries with additional premiums. Also, the value of the artist's original work is growing due to its strengthened reputation and demand; the print value will appreciate in accordance with the value of the original work.

Will the color fade away? Will it affect the value of the print?

A print will deteriorate if it is not being properly protected. If a print is put under direct sunlight, colors will fade away and the value of the print will be less when compared with a print in perfect condition.



How to protect a print from deterioration?

Proper care is important to maintain the quality of a print. Nevertheless, we have used the best paper and ink in the production. Framing a print with a UV protected glass can minimize discoloring of the print. Still, direct sunlight is not recommended for the best protection.



Why is a print more valuable than a poster?

This is because in the mass-produced poster printing, the publisher adopts only four basic colors (magenta, cyan, yellow and black) of printing. The mechanical reproduction of posters lacks delicate human adjustment. However, the combination and the range of colors in an artwork are too complicated for the four colors to demonstrate. Publishers employ experienced master printers, and the finest paper and printing materials to produce the prints. The preparation and the production process consume a lot of time when compared to the production of posters. The production of limited edition prints involves a huge investment in capital and time, in order to maintain the highest quality of the final prints. In the mass production of posters, the need for quality control is much less than in the production of limited edition prints. The small number of prints allows the highest quality control possible. Moreover, the quality and quantity of the prints are certified by the autograph and numbering of artists.



Will the color of the print that I have order looks different from what I have seen in your web site?

The images in our web site are for your reference only. Their purpose is for you to get an impression of the images. It is impossible to show all the fine qualities of our prints on your computer monitor. We are certain that what you get when you will receive the print, you will find it will be a big different compare to what you have seen on the monitor. It will carry more subtle change of colors. You should also experience that feeling of holding a hand made paper with your favorite image on it. It is the experience of holding a piece of art in your hand and not just staring at your monitor.


Will you charge for the delivery of my print?

To ensure all Kwai Po Collection's prints will safely delivered to our customers' hands, we employ international courier service to handle all our overseas deliveries. The relevant delivery charge is based on the submitted delivery region.

If the destination of the print(s) is in Hong Kong, you can choose either to pick up the artwork(s) yourself or you can use local courier service. For details, please click here.

If you have your own international courier account (FedEx or DHL), you may choose to use their services. When you decide to do that, please let us know your account information so that we can trace your delivery order more efficiently.