I individually print every Limited Edition Print. My printer uses a special ink spray process developed exclusively for fine art printing. These pigment prints offer great advantages in beauty, quality and durability. The image is captured and then I refine it to secure the color balance required. Archival-quality art paper is then used to create the final art work.

Pigment Inks
The coating used in Smith's prints is a new pigment type - not dye. It withstands light and humidity better than dyes. My prints will last from 100 to 200 years or longer while maintaining its original colors. These images are projected to last longer than the finest photographic images currently available. They also resist fading 10 times longer than the inks used in Iris prints or other inkjet prints.

New Standard
Pigment prints are on their way to becoming a new printing standard. Many museums have mounted exhibitions or purchased this type of print for their permanent collections including The Metropolitan Museum (New York), the Guggenheim (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Philadelphia Museum, the Butler Institute (Youngstown, OH), the Corcoran (DC), the National Gallery for Women in the Arts (DC), the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (DC), the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the High Museum (Atlanta), the California Museum of Photography, the National Museum of Mexico and the San Jose Museum, among others.

Famous Artists
Many well known artists also include pigment prints in their original works, multiple originals or beautiful reproductions including Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, David Hockney and Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

Fast Growing
This type of print is by far the fastest growing segment of the art market, increasing at over 60% per year.

Compare to Lithographs and Serigraphs
Pigment prints have many advantages over lithographs and serigraphs. Offset lithographs are created by taking a continuous tone image and processing it through a screen. The result is an image created with a series of dots, each one proportional in size to the density of the original. The eye is consequently "tricked" into seeing something that approximates a continuous tone image. Newspapers and magazines are examples of this process.

Serigraphs are screen prints. They are produced by making a set of screens, each representing one color. Ink is then squeezed through the screen and onto the media. For fine art reproduction purposes, the number of screens, the closer a serigraph can appear to be a continuous tone and the more expensive to produce.

Pigment Prints = Unlimited Color
In contrast to these processes, the color in pigment prints is virtually unlimited. Therefore, literally millions of colors are available and the limitation imposed by the screening process does not exist. The pigment printing process uses such small dots and so many of them that they are not discernible to the eye. A pigment print is essentially a continuous tone print showing every color and tonal nuance.

II individually print each print to a uniform high standard using specially selected art paper.

Special order prints are available up to 42" wide by 72" long.

Special Editions

Some of Ry Smith's images are hand-embellished or hand-coated to achieve special effects. These are often limited to "One-of-a-kind" and can best be compared to a monotype, defined as a "unique piece of artwork".