What are art prints?


What are art prints? Humans have always looked for ways to write down and communicate their ideas because they have a basic urge to document their feelings and observations. One of the most important technologies for spreading culture and knowledge has been printmaking. The earliest significance of this art form is demonstrated by the fact that people created cylinder seals for royal validation and authenticity using wood, stone, and bone even in prehistoric times. The fundamentals of design are important elements that support the design process in all of its manifestations. They support the creative expression of all artistic fields, especially in the practical applications that take place in art colleges. Because of the scientific and technological advancements of our modern era, design has become interwoven with many sciences and is therefore essential to the completion of the design process. The history of prints is a subfield within a larger field of study, and the fight for money and recognition may be lost if exclusivity is used as an excuse to stand alone. Learning art history in a museum setting has several benefits, not the least of which is that museums value inclusivity and breadth by nature.


Art Prints

In recent years, art prints have grown in popularity as a flexible and affordable means for individuals to appreciate and amass artwork. When we use the term "original" in this context, we mean a computer-generated graphic artwork that the artist intends to be one-of-a-kind and to be reproduced by a digital printer. On the other hand, a "reproduction" is the replication of an artefact that is already in existence, such a painting or sculpture, so that it may be compared to the original. Several input devices, such as scanners or digital cameras, can be used to make an original digital print. The print can then be digitally altered or collaged using imaging software. Reproduction in photography refers to the process of duplicating colours. The practice of making facsimiles of artworks that are photomechanically printed to closely resemble the original or engravings from oil paintings is the foundation upon which artists base their understanding of reproduction. An art print is a digital reproduction of an original work of art. Even though they are becoming more and more popular in the printmaking industry, these are not the same as original prints, despite their great quality.

New York Bored Ape Print by Barrie J Davies 2022, unframed Silkscreen print on paper (hand finished) edition of 1/1, size 83cm x 58cm.

Types of art prints

Giclée Prints:

The word "giclee" comes from the French word "to spray," which describes how an inkjet printer functions and how giclee prints are often made. These big scale inkjet printers provide artists with a high-quality reproduction of their original artwork by using tiny spraying mechanisms that can accurately apply ink and match colour.


Today, lithography is an essential engraving and printing technique that gives artists the same creative flexibility as painting and photography to produce a wide range of effects in their artwork. Because it is quicker than other engraving and printmaking methods, it is a special and necessary skill in the industry. Lithography gave rise to offset printing, which prints lithographs using comparable materials like zinc and aluminium and works on the same theory of oil and water immiscibility. This development made it easier and more common for commercial use. A number of rotating drums and cylinders make up the offset printing machine. These components revolve around their axes. The first steps in the procedure involve setting up the plate, covering its surface with insulation, and photocopying the pattern onto it. The non-exposed portions of the plate during photocopying wash away readily when the plate is inked with oily ink and then cleaned with water, while the exposed sections stick to the ink because they solidify with light. Attaching the plate (zinc chips) to the drum's top starts the printing process.

Screen Prints (Serigraphy):

Screen printing is the primary method used to create thick-film circuits. The electronics industry has brought back to life this technique, which was first employed by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians to produce signs, drawings, and artworks using silk mesh, within the last 20 years. These days, screen printing poses a serious threat to vapor-deposited thin films in the microelectronic circuit manufacturing process. However, because of its poor abrasion resistance and dimensional instability, silk mesh is not employed in the fabrication of electronics.

The art of serigraphy, also known as silkscreen printing, has its roots in stencilling, which has been practiced since 4000 BCE and is seen in ancient artwork from China, Japan, and Egypt. By the early 20th century, this method had become widely used around the world after spreading to the West in the late 19th century. Fine art made with the silkscreen method is referred to as "serigraphy" to set it apart from its commercial uses. In serigraphy, a squeegee is used to push ink through a small mesh onto paper. A stencil is used to selectively block portions of the mesh to create the picture. Remarkably, serigraphy is the only printing technique in which the final print retains the screen picture in reverse.


Shortly after paper was invented in China in the second century CE, the art of relief printing known as woodcuts was born. By the 12th century, these technologies had made it to Europe. Using a roller, ink is applied to the block, covering the elevated portions but leaving the recessed sections uncoated. The print is created when paper is pushed against an inked block because the ink transfers to the paper in reverse.

Too Vintage For Cats Print by Barrie J Davies 2023, Unframed Silkscreen print on vintage comic book paper (hand finished), edition of 1/1 size 42cm x 30cm.

Benefits of Art Prints

Prints on art are a cost-effective means of introducing an artist's creation into your home or office, enabling you to be inspired by their vision without going over budget. Having an art print gives you a special and intimate connection to the artist's vision by enabling you to have a superior reproduction of a famous work in your home. Art prints improve the aesthetics of your living area in addition to being a source of admiration. They can be employed to give your house or place of business flair, character, and eye-catching design. You may celebrate your favourite artists and create a collection that looks great with your interior decor.

Family Guru Print by Barrie J Davies 2023, Unframed Silkscreen print on paper (hand finished), edition of 1/1 A2 size 42cm x 59cm.

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