Brent Berry Arts
My repousse marks
I'm proud of my metalwork but I want these pieces to look very similar to ancient original works. I think a modern name on them would be too distracting. How the piece looks artistically is more important to me than instant artist recognition. That's why I use hallmark style marks. I do usually add my Name and date on the back or elsewhere though.
I did my first repousse pieces in 1989, they were either embossed or engraved with my initials in Russian style letters, an art number and a 2 digit date for 89 and early 90. In Nov. 1990 I started marking each finished piece with a small crown. I made some small unique stamps to use as a year marks. I use these single and in combination for the year stamps. Most of my early repousse was done in 1989, 90 and 91. I did very little metal work from 1991 to 2004 when I became inspired again.
Some examples of the marks.
In 1987 I began assigning a number to each original piece. All paintings, drawings, mixed media and repousse pieces get a number.
I log the numbers in a book with the date, title and a brief description of each piece.
People sometimes mistake these numbers for a limited edition number! Not so!