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What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of fine art prints produced as a cohesive set by the artist, printer, or publisher.

A portfolio might be simply a large set of the artist’s work or it might be a careful selection of a few of the artist’s best works.  In most cases, though, the portfolio has a stronger unifying theme.

For example, Lowell Nesbitt’s “Iris Tulip Lily” portfolio printed in 1980 contains silkscreens of three of the flowers—obviously, the Iris, Tulip, and Lily—that were in Nesbitt’s celebrated 1977 large-scale painting “Seven Electric Flowers”.

Category: Printmaking Terms