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Should you put the date on your art work?

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably see that I sign my art work with "RADAMS" and always date it using a date stamp.

I do this because it helps me keep track of when I made the piece. It is entirely a personal decision that I use for organizational purposes.

Example of a piece of art work with a signature and date stamp

But there is always the discussion, debate or argument about whether or not you should date your art work.

So I did some research into what others in the art community thinks.

JASON HOREJS from RedDotBlog is the owner of Xanadu Art Gallery located in Scottsdale, AZ. He discourages artist from putting dates on their artwork. His reasoning stems from the buyers side, with the idea that a potential buyer may find the length of time a piece of artwork has been on the marker as a symbol that something is wrong with it. The example he uses is that if a buyer likes a piece, but sees that it has been on the market for 5+ years the buyer will infer that there must be a reason it has not sold. You can learn more here. And he expands even more on the topic here.

Marion Boddy Evans, an art tutor and freelance writer, wrote this on Thoughtco.com. Her view is different from Horejs. She finds it important to both sign and date artwork. Although the post focuses on paintings I find that it is relevant to all art mediums. She states that signing your art work is important so that people can connect you as the artist to your art work. And dating is important for both you, the artist, so you can remember when you created the piece, and the audience.

In a poll about dating artwork by Katherine Tyrrell on Hubpages.com the results came to

21% Yes - on the artwork and somewhere where it's obvious

15% Yes - on the artwork but somewhere not obvious

25% Yes - on the reverse of the drawing or painting / base of the sculpture

21% No - I rarely date my artwork

19% No - I never date my artwork

Our of 1,935 voters

**As of Dec. 6th 2018**

You can view the poll and add your vote at https://hubpages.com/art/artist-signature#module153893864

Really I would say that it all has to do with personal preference. Think about your work, and your audience and figure out what works best for you. And don't be afraid to experiment.

Do you date your art work? How, where and why? let me know in the comments!

Rebecca Adams

The Adventuring Artist

**Note that i am not affiliated with any brands, companies or links in this post***

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