Artist Proof

Artist Proof – A/P – AP
Historically, artist proofs were the first printed copies and were used to indicate the artist's approval of color reproduction and other mechanical aspects of the printing process. Originally prized as the best-quality reproductions, now artist proofs exist solely as part of the print-making tradition and are of the same quality as the standard limited edition prints. Additionally, artist proofs are typically restricted to less than ten percent of the signed and numbered limited edition, and are the property of the artist rather than the property of the publisher. Only a portion of the AP edition is available to the public; the rest of the edition is reserved for the artist, the artist’s family and special collectors.