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I had an agent from a gallery in Wisconsin pay me half of the agreed price
for an original after it was in his possession. Without my permission he
printed an edition of 5,000 prints. I couldn't afford to go after him at
that time, but what was redeeming was that the prints would not bring in
the money he was after because I didn't pencil sign them and number the
edition. The original was signed.
Another company owes me big money for about 22 shirt designs I've done for
them that have sold in America the nation over. (we're talking about
$125,000 loss between the two!) If I'm ever able to afford to recover
money from that deal, it will be because of my signature on my work. You
must sign your name, draw a small copyright c with a circle around it, and
date at least the year, such as '99 to be recognized as officially
copyright. To get full protection from the feds however, you must register
I have my students sign their full name on the back of the work, work on
neatly signing their last name only on the face about 1-1/2 inches in from
one side or the other and about the same from the bottom. If its a
painting, we have some discussion on thinking about the color that should
Artists have been signing their works for centuries, and I tend to think
that in the same way we argue the archival merits of paint, supports and
materials...perhaps it is best to let history point the way here.
artist's site- http://cwinc.net/larryseiler
WetCanvas Artists page- (shorter and quicker loading)
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