Why are Art Prints Expensive?

Why Art Prints So Expensive?

If you have ever purchased prints of original artwork, you have probably noticed that they are sold at relatively high costs. This may leave you wondering: why don’t artists sell their prints for cheaper prices? It’s an understandable question to ask, but it’s also one that has intentional reasons behind it.

We are immersed in a culture of cheap, abundant, and infinitely accessible things. We have grown used to places like Walmart and Macy’s, where walls of house décor and mass produced artwork can be found at ease. Not only do we have an abundance to choose from at replaceable excess, but most times, we can even attain them at fairly low prices. Just like anything that is cheap and mass produced, there is a time and a place when it is convenient and useful; sometimes you’re running late and you really just need a quick McDonald’s burger. I get it. But ease and efficiency come at a cost that is beyond money. The cost of our mass produced culture is one of ethical, moral, and even spiritual value, and unfortunately, this culture of efficiency directly contradicts the culture of beauty.

We know as consumers that the mass produced items we purchase are usually the result of labor that is unethically compensated; whether that is the clothing industry, the fast food industry, or any other systematically developed merchandise. We know that the products are usually produced under long hours of fast assembly under relatively low wages. Like I said about McDonalds, in this day and age, sometimes these systems are necessary for practicality’s sake, but the loss we experience goes even beyond ethics. 

Especially when it comes to buying art, the highest stake that is lost in lowering its value is when something is of high value it transforms the way we view it, the way we treat it, the places we put it, the people we show it to. There is a great internal reality we experience in relation to an object’s value and it’s cost. It is particularly important to recognize the value of artwork when it comes to Sacred Art. Higher quality speaks to the higher message that is being portrayed within the work. When we have something of greater value we safeguard it, protect it, and treat it well. It is crucial to treat Sacred Art with this particular consideration because it was created for a Divine purpose.

Visual Grace’s prints are created at Brilliant Studios in Exton, which employs the use of Giclée printing, which is a method for fine art digital prints that uses the closest type of ink to an original painting, leading to a much higher quality print. The colors are much more true to the original work, when compared to other kinds of prints. They are also archival prints which are long lasting, museum-quality pieces that used refined particles of pigment to create these high-resolution works. Furthermore, they are printed onto textured paper, which gives them a much more “real-art-feel” than regular prints. A lot of great attention to detail and care go into creating these prints, which is reflected in their quality and price!

Consider these things when searching for the next special artwork for your home!


Hanna Mangiovillano graduated from at West Chester University of PA, studying Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Math and ELA. For a period of time, she worked as Kate’s studio assistant, and outside of her studies, she is very passionate about writing music, leading worship, and making religious artwork.

Kate Capato

Kate is a Sacred Art Painter, Inspirational Speaker, and Faith-filled Movement artist on a mission to spread God's love through beauty! Her inspiration comes from prayerful encounters with the Lord, and the rich traditions of our Catholic faith. When she's not creating something faith inspired, Kate is often traveling all over the world with her hubby soaking in the wonders of God's creation, or spending time with family and friends to live every moment to the fullest. To see her work, visit her portfolio below and share in this mission of spreading truth and goodness.

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