About David N. Kitler Reproductions
These prints are reproductions of a David N. Kitler
original piece and represent a more affordable way for you to enjoy his
images in your home or office. Great care is taken to ensure their
quality. Following is some information on the terms often used to
Lithographs vs. Giclées
David N. Kitler's lithographs are museum quality
reproductions printed on an offset printing press. These
lithographs are printed on acid-free archival paper, using four to eight
colour separations. Until recently, when talking about traditional
prints, most artists and collectors were referring to lithographs.
A giclée is a print that results from a digital printing
process. The word is taken from the French, meaning "to spray."
In this process, after an image is scanned to a digital format, it is
printed on a high-quality wide-format ink-jet printer (not to be
confused with the desktop printers found in most home offices today...)
In this case, millions of droplets are sprayed each second directly onto
the print surface (paper or canvas), resulting in a smooth and
consistent image, which is almost as vibrant as the original piece.
Each giclée in the edition is created one at a time, unlike
mass-production printing methods that use offset presses. Because
they are made one at a time, editions are produced in very small
quantities and each giclée has its own unique characteristics. Due
to the nature of the materials used, no two giclées in an edition are
Giclée prints may give you many more years of enjoyment
than their lithograph counterparts. However, that only holds true
if the right combination of printing equipment, inks, and substrates is
secured. If you are considering purchasing a giclée, check with
Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. for independent test results on the
different combinations. David N. Kitler's giclées on paper use
combinations that are rated to last 100+ years before any noticeable
Limited vs. Open Editions
A limited edition print is one in which the maximum
number of prints in the edition is fixed up front (e.g. 270).
David signs and sequentially numbers each print using a pencil.
The number appears on the lower left corner as "print number / total
prints in the edition" (e.g. 1/270) and the signature is placed on the
lower right corner. Once all the prints in the edition are sold,
the edition is closed and no future ones will be published. All of
David N. Kitler's limited edition prints are accompanied by a
"Certificate of Authenticity," which itemizes the number of prints in
Open edition prints are those in which no maximum number
of prints has been set. Individual prints may or may not be signed
by the artist, but they are not numbered. Despite the fact that
David's open editions are printed using the same quality standards as
his limited editions, their "unlimited" nature usually translates into
lower retail prices.
All artwork should be placed out of direct sunlight.
Paper prints (lithographs as well as giclées) should be framed behind
glass, and be matted and finished using only acid-free materials.
The use of inferior products may damage the prints, as the acidity could
interact with the image's paper and inks. David's giclée canvas
prints do not need to be framed behind glass, as they have received a
protective coating. With proper care, your David N. Kitler print
will continue to bring you enjoyment for many decades.