The Australian artist Hazel Dooney has a high resolution work that can be downloaded online and printed out as an original print. She will also sign the work if you send it to her, along with a stamped, self addressed envelope.
I can imagine Andy Warhol would be doing something like this if he was still alive. The only difference would probably be that he would charge $5000 for each download!
Anyway, here’s what Hazel says about her print..
“Several years ago, the American sculptor, Robert Graham, came up with the bold idea of creating works that could be distributed over the web. He posted a series of high resolution drawings that could be downloaded for free from his site, reproduced on a collector’s own home or office printer, then displayed as original Robert Graham prints. Part of the idea’s strong appeal, for me, was that it ran counter to the commercial imperative of an increasingly avaricious art business and enabled those who might not normally be able to afford a work of any kind by a major artist to do so.”
“I have long wanted to attempt something similar with my own work and now, finally, I have! Derived from themes dominant in my new paintings, I Will Not Be Your Give Man Anymore, is a twisted self-portrait that recasts the anguish of a familial relationship within the context of an Haitian zombie ‘curse’ (in reality, according to the author and ethnologist, Wade Davis, an insidious poisoning with a powerful marine neurotoxin) that turns its victim into a ‘give man’, a mindless slave not even worth giving away.”
“The image is available to be downloaded free from my web site under a Creative Commons license. It can be reproduced and distributed in any way for any non-commercial purposes. For those of you who would still like to have my ‘real’ signature, along with an authenticating stamp, on the work’s verso, you can send your print of the image along with an adequately sized, stamped (Australian only, please), self-addressed envelope to the studio’s post box address listed on my site. However, the studio and I cannot be held responsible for any prints that are lost, damaged, or overlooked.”