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Artist Ann Rea
Why don’t you sign your paintings?
[caption id="attachment_164" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="artsit Ann Rea's singature"]artsit Ann Rea's signature[/caption] Why don’t you sign your paintings? I actually do sign my paintings.  I just sign them on the back.  I do this because I think that first it's about the painting, the act of creation.  I know that it’s mine and so does the collector. And each collector who invests in an original work receives a signed “Certificate of Title” detailing the transfer of ownership of the painting. It’s not because I’m not proud of my paintings or that I don’t want to identify with them.  I just prefer to maintain as little visual distraction as possible, even if it is my signature. People have asked if I would also sign the front of a finished piece.  Of course I would but interestingly these people have never actually purchased anything. Normally I do sign larger commissioned canvases.  And that’s simply because there is more real estate to work with and so the signature does not become a distraction, as it can on a smaller canvas. When do you sign a painting? Typically an artist signs their work when it’s done.  However I wait until it’s dry and I’ve lived with it for a while.  After I’ve walked away for a few weeks I can return and look at it with fresh eyes and determine if I’m going to keep it or destroy it.  If I decide to keep it, I sign and title it, and enter it into my inventory database.  Then I have it professionally photographed by an art photographer.  If it doesn’t make the grade I destroy it.  The act of destruction is somehow a satisfying act of cleansing, like ripping a bad first draft to shreds.
"Who the BLEEP is Jackson Pollock?"
Jackson Pollock "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?" Trailer park resident Teri Horton bought a secondhand painting for only five dollars, little did she know it could be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. They actually made a movie of Horton's volatile 15-year journey into the heart of the art world's elitist establishment trying to have the painting authenticated. Why the journey?  Because the painting wasn't signed and she didn’t have a “Certificate of Title” and or “Provenance” certifying the authenticity of the work. These documents provide a guarantee of genuineness ensuring that the original work of art is not counterfeit. Without proper documentation it’s near impossible to obtain a current valuation or to obtain insurance coverage for original works of art. Documentation also helps art historians to maintain a precise timeline of the artist’s work. It’s best to adhere the “Certificate of Title” and or “Provenance”  to the back of the frame, so that they are never misplaced, or place them in a safe. A "Certificate of Title” effectively transfers ownership to the collector from the artist.  A complete “Certificate of Title”  should contain the artist’s signature, date, name, and address and that of the new owner.  It should also detail the artwork’s title, size, medium, and date of creation. A "Provenance" explains the history of the piece that you are buying.  A complete “Provenance” should contain the same details of the “Certificate of Title”, and include a photo of the artwork, and the details of the transfer of ownership, including the buyers and seller’s name, address, signature, purchase price and date. I recommend requesting this documentation from the artist when you acquire an original work of art.