Traditionally an artist’s proof was a print made by the artist during the print-making process in order to understand the progress of the printing plate the artist was working on. In this respect it was a ‘work in progress’ print.
With the development of modern printing techniques the term is now used to refer to a number of finished prints that are available in addition to the main limited edition, and are reproduced to the same exact high quality. The number of artist proofs should not exceed 10% of the size of the main limited edition. The edition size of ‘The Listener’ will be 250 prints when released so there are just 25 artist proofs available now. The artist proofs may be exactly the same as the main limited edition or, as is the case with Debbie Boon, the artist proofs may be a different format.
Art collectors often prefer artist proofs because there are fewer of them. For collectors of Debbie Boon the artist’s proof offers an opportunity to enjoy a print which very closely replicates the look, finish, and scale of the original painting.