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What is a Serigraph?

Serigraph

What is a Serigraph? A serigraph is a fine art print that uses the process of silkscreen to transfer images into paper or other surfaces. These original prints are hand-made by the artist or by an expert master printer under the strict supervision of the artist.

The origins of this printmaking process go back to one of the oldest methods created by the early Chinese and Japanese craftsmen, the stencil printing. What started as a simple cut-out stencil soon became an important practice in the production of arts & crafts in the Orient.

It was not until the late 1930’s that screen-printing started to be used as an artistic medium in the United States. A group of artists in New York City explored the creative possibilities of the medium for painters and printmakers. It was at that time that an art historian assigned the term serigraph; “seri” from the Latin word sericum (silk), and “graph” from the Greek word graphein (to write, draw).

Serigraphs are conceived as limited editions and are signed and numbered by the artist. By doing this, he/she guarantees its exclusivity and certifies that no other prints of any particular image would be reproduced beyond the total number reflected in the edition.

Since its inception, The Americas Collection has maintained a steady production of serigraphs using images from the works of its selective pool of artists represented by the gallery. Up to date, The Americas Collection’s graphic department comprises over 164 editions. Its exclusive assembly includes works from master painters to mid-career and emerging artists.

The Americas Collection is a full service gallery that offers framing and installation services as well. The in-house production of serigraphs further expands its wide variety of artworks available to art collectors at a more affordable price.

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