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Reader Stories: Artists Signatures: See How Artists Sign Their Paintings (And Share Yours)


Adding your signature to a painting not only identifies you as the artist, it's like adding a sign you're satisfied with the painting and no longer consider it a work in progress. How and where artists add their signatures is a matter of personal preference, and rarely stays the same throughout the artist's career. It's fascinating to see the styles and differences. Browse through the list below to see other artists signatures, and share what you do.

Painting Signature of Dan Smart

I just print my last name "SMART". The S and T are larger than the other letters and the down stroke on the R and T is a longer line. I sign it in a color I used or a mixture of them and I try to pla…More

Signature of Meera Ahuja

I use my first name to sign my paintings. This way everyone knows I am the artist. Yes, I like to keep my signature the same always. I try to use the same paint for the signature as used for the pain…More

Stylized Initials Signature

With a stylized version of my initials [JFO]. I use paint...usually in chromatic black, although sometimes I use crimson for my Asian style paintings, or a contrasting light color such as white or go…More

Signing with Initials and Surname

JASelman ..I always sign my work in the same manner: with the first three initials of my name in capital letters and the rest in lower case letters. I've used paint as well as ink to sign but prefer …More

Desmond Lawrence Cohen's Painting Signature

My middle name "Lawrence". Done with a brush in my normal handwriting style. Oil paintings I often sign in a complementary color to the most predominant color that I have used in that painting. Alter…More

Pastel Artist Jean Russell

Initials in a simple symbol form. I'm a pastel artist - picked up idea from one of my teachers to sign in graphite pencil. In most cases it is barely visible and does not disturb the look of the pain…More

Painting Signature of Ray W Brown

I only use my full name (Ray W Brown), and always do it the same way using paint and a brush. I have researched other ways of doing this (using a pen and water-proof ink, a "Sharpie" pen, etc), but g…More

Painting Signature of Martha McWilliams

I use one initial and the first two letters of my last name and sign it with a permanent, very fine Sharpie, in black ink. Occasionally I have used a different related shade of the background color i…More

Susan Tschantz's Painting Signature

STschantz, my first initial and last name. Again, I signed it that way in business and it is simply natural after 40 years. I usually work the siggie into the painting, using colors in the painting. …More

How Audrey Signs

Just initials. Use corresponding color paint. Always sign it the same way. I use capital letters using first name Audrey (Initial A), middle initial (Capital A) and initial of last name (capital B): …More

Signature of EG

I print my initials - EG - with a paint brush, using one of the colours from the painting. I have experimented with various brushes and the most satisfactory one for this job is a small thin one. I t…More

How Imperia Signs

At the beginning I used to sign my full name and surname but for the last 15 years I started signing with the surname of one of my ancestors who lived in Gozo in 1670 that is De Spada. I write my sig…More

Len Hand's Painting Signature

I scratch into the wet paint with a sharp stick or the sharpened end of a fine brush.If the paint is dry I sign with a fine brush using a pale tone as the bottom corners of my paintings are always da…More

Ed Smiley's Painting Signature

Paint. First name, and last name that I commonly go by. (Not full legal name.) Color from or like the colors in the painting. If it pops out too much pick two colors from painting's palette, and use …More

Char's Painting Signature

I try to remember to sign them before I put my paints away and clean up. I like to use a version of the colors that have been used in the project, sometimes lighter, sometimes darker. I use my nickna…More

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