Hand-finishing

Hand-finishing

Hand-finishing refers to the manual process of adding finishing touches or details to a print or piece of artwork after the primary creation process.

This can include techniques like painting, drawing, or adding texture. Hand-finishing is often used to make each piece in an edition unique, adding a personal touch from the artist and increasing the artwork's value. The additional work put into hand-finishing can make each piece a semi-original, blending the boundaries between original works and reproductions.

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What is an edition?

At Avant Arte, limited edition artworks are our bread and butter. As with many good things, they come wrapped in jargon. Read on for a quick fix summary of everything you need to know to start collecting.

What is an edition?
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Inner Visions 03

With a collection of hand-finished works, curator Larry Ossei-Mensah considers storytelling as provocation.

Inner Visions 03
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Curated by Aindrea Emelife: We Are History

Art historian, writer and curator Aindrea Emelife introduces hand-finished editions from Shannon Bono, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones and Sola Olulode.

Curated by Aindrea Emelife: We Are History
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In Conversation: Javier Calleja & Christian Luiten

Ahead of the launch of three new hand-finished editions, Javier Calleja caught up with Avant Arte co-founder to discuss his career, practice and inspirations.

In Conversation: Javier Calleja & Christian Luiten
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Inner Visions 01

In his first collaboration with Avant Arte, critic and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah introduces three artists, Grace Lynne Haynes, Ferrari Sheppard and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

Inner Visions 01
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Lady with a Tampi

Kwesi Botchway’s stylistic portrait Lady with a Tampi embodies the beauty of Black experience through Afro-Impressionism.The sitter reclines confidently into her chair, luxuriating in a casual moment of relaxation. Rich purple is integral to Botchway’s palette – connoting royalty, seduction and glamour. Acrylic hand-finishing draws focus to areas where Botchway believes our emotions are best portrayed; the eyes and lips.“My work compels the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subject’s story.”

Lady with a Tampi
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Brush Sense of Values

Brush Sense of Values represents a moment of reflection on the passing of time – the trio of subjects showing unwavering optimism in their old age.Koichi Sato uplifts his lively characters with vibrant menagerie and pattern, basing them upon people he sees daily around his New York neighbourhood. Dense textures and curious polydactyl hands are typical of his practice. Swathes of semi-transparent acrylic hand-finishing creates diffused depth across the subject's skin.‘Everyday life is very important and precious. Time passes fast and does not come back. I would not want to regret my life.’

Brush Sense of Values

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.