About

Darklight is an online space selling affordable small edition fine art prints by some of the world’s most exciting photographers and visual artists. Duality is in our DNA. Our founders, Mimi & Sarah [based in Amsterdam & London], self-describe as polar opposites, but share a vision to make contemporary art accessible. You can read more about our founders HERE

We believe in art as a positive force for mental health, which is why every sale supports YoungMinds: a charity fighting for young people’s mental health.

Born during the pandemic, Darklight’s ethos is to support artists and to bring inspiring art to the walls of your home. Helping you invest in trusted talent and collectible works to create uplifting, visually stimulating spaces. 

Follow us on Instagram @darklight__art.

 

Mental Health

Did you know that 60-70% of adult thoughts are negative?

At Darklight, we believe that art is a powerful antidote to anxiety and negative thought patterns. That’s why we are teaming with YoungMinds to donate a percentage of all our profits towards supporting mental health in young people. 

YoungMinds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They’re here to make sure that young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.

Join our fight.

 

Prints & Framing

We use two main printing techniques, depending on the artist and their work: 

C-type prints are made from a digital file and developed by exposing light sensitive material to LED or laser-jet printers. The ‘C’ stands for chromogenic. For these prints we use matte Fujicolour Crystal Archive Paper, the best for photographic printing. 

The second process used is Giclée. For this type of print, microscopic dots of pigment-based ink are sprayed onto paper by an inkjet printer. Often the choice of fine artists and illustrators, the pigments used with Giclée are bright and rich. We print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm. 

All prints are handled by Metro Imaging. They are one of Europe's leading professional photographic labs for art printing with 40 years experience behind them. They have an incredible knowledge of art and photographic production. Their client list includes Vogue, Rankin, The National Portrait Gallery, Magnum Photos, Mario Testino, Saatchi Gallery and the V&A - to name just a few.


Our framing and mounting is handled by a specialist team at Metro Framing. We offer two types of framing:

Classic wooden frame, with anti-reflective museum glass in either black or white. 

OR 

Wooden box frame with anti-reflective museum glass in either black or white.

Examples: HERE.

 

Shipping & Returns

Unframed prints up to size A3 will be shipped flat, wrapped with acid-free tissue paper and inserted into an archive print box.


Unframed prints A2 or larger will be shipped in wide re-enforced cardboard tubes wrapped with acid free tissue.


Framed prints are protected by foam corners and wrapped using bubble wrap.


Estimated arrival time is 7 working days from order for UK and 10 days for international shipping. Both with Royal Mail. These times may vary due to Covid19, so please bear with us if things take a little longer than usual. 


If for any reason you are unhappy with your print please let us know within 7 days. The prints must be returned undamaged before we are able to refund you. The cost of postage must be covered by you. 


DAMAGED GOODS

In the unlikely event that artworks arrive to your door damaged, photographs must be taken immediately and sent to us at info@darklight-art.com as proof of condition. In this instance we ask that you document the destruction of the print in photos or video and send to us by email. A new print will be posted to you once this is received.

 

Eco Packaging

Although we are not perfect, we do pride ourselves on our packaging. We use as little as possible and have worked very hard to find the most environmentally friendly packaging on the market.

Our poster tubes are made from recycled cardboard and are recyclable. The tube ends are made from recycled plastic and are also recyclable. 

Our print boxes are eco-friendly and made from recycled content and fully recyclable. 

Our tissue paper is recycled, eco-friendly and vegan. It's PH neutral and made from 99% recycled pulp fibres. Approximately 35% of the electrics used to make it is produced from renewable energy.

Our tape is paper based and water activated, so no need for any adhesives or plastics. It’s made from 100% recycled content. It’s FSC certified and printed with soy ink.


Not a bad start. 

 

FAQ

What is a small edition print?

 

An edition is a number of prints made from one plate, negative or digital file. A small, or limited edition is a fixed number of works produced under the proviso that no further copies will be created later. Editions are signed and numbered by the artist to reflect the unique number of impressions and the total edition size. In general, the smaller the edition size, the greater the value of the print.

Darklight sells only small edition print runs, because we want our works to be collectible and highly sought-after.

 

How do I know if my print is an authentic?

 

You can tell that your Darklight print is authentic from the artist-signed sticker mounted on the back of each piece. Every art print also comes accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity

 

Will my print gain in value?

 

Darklight sells works by a handful of the world’s most exciting emerging and established artists, therefore it is likely that your art print will gain in value. We choose to collaborate with artists who we trust and who have a great reputation in the industry. However, we urge you to buy art because you truly love it, rather than because you want to make a profit. 

Because all of our works are small editions and unique to Darklight, they are very collectible and will not be found anywhere else online or off.

 

Is the packaging eco-friendly?

 

Our poster tubes are made from recycled cardboard and are recyclable. The tube ends are made from recycled plastic and are also recyclable. 

Our print boxes are eco friendly and made from recycled content and fully recyclable. 

Our tissue paper is recycled, eco friendly and vegan. It's PH neutral and made from 99% recycled pulp fibres. Approximately 35% of the electrics used to make it is produced from renewable energy.

Our tape is paper based and water activated, so no need for any adhesives or plastics. It’s made from 100% recycled content. It’s FSC certified and printed with soy ink.

 

Are these works original?

 

Darklight is an online space specialising in the sale of small edition fine art photographic prints. The works sold on this website are almost exclusively prints of originals, with the exception of listed Polaroids.

 

Talk to me about the quality of the print.

 

All prints are printed with Metro Imaging. They are one of Europe's leading professional photographic labs for art printing with 40 years experience behind them. They have an incredible knowledge of art and photographic production. Their client list includes Vogue, Rankin, The National Portrait Gallery, Magnum Photos, Mario Testino, Saatchi Gallery and the V&A - to name just a few.

 

Will more numbers be added to the edition?

 

No, once an edition is numbered and sold, no more works at that size or of that exact image should be created. Some artists may destroy the negative from which an edition came in order to ensure the authenticity of the print run and to protect buyers from the value of works bought fluctuating.

 

What is an artist’s proof?

 

An artist proof, or AP is a print generally used as a working-proof in the printmaking process and therefore slightly different from the rest of the run if adjustments are to be made. Ie. Colour corrections or touch-ups. Although this is not usually required in digital printing, the tradition of creating proofs has remained. Usually the AP is kept by the artist, or sometimes offered to models/those involved in the production process. AP’s sit outside the edition number, so you may have an edition of 10 + 1 AP. Technically there are 11 prints in existence, but the AP does not affect the value of the run.

 

Can I purchase a gift card?

 

We do not currently offer gift cards. This is something we are looking to have in place for Christmas 2020.

 

Can I view the artwork in person prior to purchase?

 

Unfortunately not at this time. Each artwork is printed to order and our artists are based all around the world. However, we are looking into the possibility of pop-up locations in 2021.

 

What framing options does Darklight offer?

 

All our works can be framed.

Framing and mounting is handled by a specialist team at Metro Framing. We currently offer two types of framing. 


1) Classic wooden frame with anti-reflective museum glass in either black or white. NB. Prints ordered in a classic frame will come backed, but unmounted.

2) Wooden box frame with anti-reflective museum glass in either black or white. NB. Prints ordered in box frames will be dry-mounted onto kapa board. 

 

How can I best care for my artwork once it arrives?

 

Try not to touch the print with bare hands. Getting the artwork framed in one of our frames with museum glass will keep it safe and secure and help prevent damp getting to it. Ideally hang it in a dry environment away from direct sunlight or areas of high humidity.  

 

Do you accept artist submissions?

 

We are always happy to see artists work. Please send your portfolio to info@darklight-art.com and we’ll come back to you as soon as we can. Please bear in mind we are a small company with an intentionally small roster, so don’t be offended if we can’t take you on. It doesn’t mean we don’t love your work. :)

 

Any tips for starting an art collection?

 

Always buy work that resonates with you and that you love. Don’t worry about investment. Although if it goes up in value then, great! Make sure the work is authenticated by the artist i.e it has a signature or certificate of authenticity. Make sure you buy sizes to reflect the space that you have. Take a look at Tim Paton’s interview with Photography Advisor Tristan Lund on our 'stories' page for more info on collecting. 

 

Contact Us

For any further enquiries please contact info@darklight-art.com or give us a call on 0203 488 8006.

Mimi & Sarah. :)

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