A hand-pulled original lithograph signed by Chong A So and shown at the annula student exhibition Graduate Thesis exhibition from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1996. The lithograph depicts what appears to be a night sky (my opinion!), with abstract buildings (or nature!) and water (or not!). The point is, it's all up for interpretation with this dark and starry lithograph. The print is custom framed with white mat and metal frame that needs to be replaced or black paint dabbed over some scratches. The back of the frame shows a partial cardboard piece that displays the exhibition description and date as well as a hanging wire. 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" and with the mat and frame the total dimensions are 14 1/2" wide and 11 1/4" tall.
A hand-pulled print, or lithograph, is created by the artist directly onto a printing plate, usually made of stone or metal. What is unique about an original print, is that the image on the printing plate is a mirror image of the final product, so the artist has to produce the art backwards. Although multiple impressions may be made and then signed and numbered (the group of signed and numbered prints is called the edition), each print is a unique work of art. Original prints are usually signed in pencil under the bottom right edge of the print. The edition information is added to the bottom left edge of the print. The edition information resembles a fraction, with the number of the print made (for example, the 10th print in a series of 100 made) and below, the number of prints that will be made from this print (for example, an edition of 100). In this instance, the edition information would look like this: 10/100. The title of the piece is written under the bottom edge of the print in the center. If the print has "AP" where the title usually goes or next to the edition information, it means that the piece is an "Artist's Proof," which means the artist is still working on the plate and the print is not complete.