I have been asked by many people what I call now a classic question: Exactly what is a fine art print?
It’s very silly that I did not start this blog with this very subject. It does seem a very obvious topic to write about on a first post to become a page doesn’t it?
I have mentioned the subject in various small bits here and there, but have never dedicated an article with that issue in mind.
Well, my mistake! My apologies. Let’s move on to it:
I ask that you kindly bare with me a little because, even though this is not meant to be a treaty, it will require a small bit of preparation.
The term Fine Art can be defined by the idea of an aesthetic purpose; Anything created by an artist with beauty (or lack of it) as the main subject of the piece.
Its main purpose should be causing a sensation, feeling or piece of mind using any type of technique or imagery.
The word “fine” doesn’t refer much to the quality of the art itself, but has discipline virtue meaning bound to conservative Western European standards.
Applied Art and Such
The canons used to exclude the applied, decorative designs, or crafts; art created with commercial purposes.
In today’s practice, with the frenzy of planetary commerce, however, these differences almost lost meaning, as the concept or intention of the artist is given much more importance, regardless of the means used to express it.
As I have already mentioned in another article, this art term has a very simple definition:
It is a process with which art is created by using computers, or any digital process, in, at least, one of its stages, before the final result is reached.
Period! No need for further fancy elaboration around it.
A photographer takes a very artistic picture of a sculpture with and old optical camera and develops it in an old fashioned optical dark room with chemicals: Its not digital art.
On the other hand, if he only uses a digital camera, or even prints it with some modern photographic printer: IT IS DIGITAL ART.
It does not matter if the results are the same to the eye!
Printmaking is a process for creating art with a “pressing” upon a surface method.
It was usually associated with a final process of transporting an image to its medium by the means of a press, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting.
Relief: woodcut or woodblock, wood engraving, linocut, metal cut.
Intaglio: engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint.
Stencil: screen printing and pochoir.
Planographic: lithography, monotype, and digital techniques.
Other types: collagraphy, viscosity printing, and foil imaging.
Printmaking, nowadays, accepts digital printing, photographic mediums, or any combination imaginable.
Many of these techniques can also be combined, especially within the same family.
Fine Art Prints is the same as Giclee
Giclee (Giclée) is a term created by printmaker Jack Duganne, in 1991
It was essentially invented to designate digital prints made on inkjet printers. The origin word, “gicleur”, is a french word meaning “nozzle”.
Contemporarily, fine art are:
such as canvas, or printer art papers, etc, are widely nominated “Giclee“, or Fine Art Prints.
I hope this article has helped dissipate any smoke around the subject
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