Don't Call Me an Artist


Signing Artwork

A sculptor friend of mine just harangued me for signing some of my works with Sharpie.

He has a point.

I did a little research and discovered a few things I should improve upon regarding my John Hancock.

  1. Sign in the same medium as the art itself. Use oil paint to sign an oil painting, etc.
  2. Don't sign on top of varnish. It looks like an afterthought.
  3. If at all possible, sign when the paint is still wet. Apparently this is harder to forge, and makes collectors happy.
  4. Sign legibly so work can always be identified and doesn't end up making a surprise appearance on Antiques Roadshow.
  5. Date that shit. Preferably on the back.


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