Fine Art Prints
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The following portfolio lists the works I've produced as fine art, hand made photogravures since 2019.
From time to time, a single print release will be available to purchase out of a main collection.
TIME RESPONSES : The subject matter is shot on a seasonal cyclical basis, the derivative being an idea, then a digital capture. Then periodically I choose certain selected shots to take into this alternative gravure process, others stay in pure digital format and sometimes produced as limited edition pigment prints. As each collection grows more prints will be released as limited editions to purchase. It's an organic process of growing a body of work that draws my interest and discovery to go on to make more works.
Hyphae Series 2020 (Portfolio Only)
Underland Series 2019 / 2020
Web Land Series 2018 / 2020
Botanical Series 2019 / 2021
Mid Winter Series 2019 / 2021
La Gomera, Finca Series 2019
Boxed collections up to 15 images can be ordered by request.
ABOUT PHOTOPOLYMER GRAVURE
Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or ´photo-mechanical´ process used in modern commercial printing industry on Rotogravure Press. Strictly not a photographic process in the traditional dark room sense but derived from methods first developed in photography as early as 19th century. Czech painter Karel Klíč, in 1878 built on the original photography techniques by Henry Fox Talbot's research into Photographic Engraving. ( Also derived back from Nicéphore Niépce, Heliography method )
Photogravure not practices so often nowadays, as it was a lengthy, toxic, chemical based process that involved many stages to make a grained surface pattern on a metal plate (usually copper) and then coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue after it's exposed to a film positive. Resulting in an image permanently etched on the substrate, this intaglio plate can be reproduced with high level of detail and continuous tones, just like a photograph.
Today's Alternative Photopolymer Gravure process, is a simpler transfer process - a safer non toxic method of image transfer onto a substrate of metal coated with photo sensitive emulsion, then exposed with a transparent positive, developed in water and cured to make it suitable for making multiple prints. This newer method has been adapted from industry's planographic printing process used commercially, but now has been taken up and made safter by artists and graphic arts industry since 1990's. It can be used to produce finely detailed works or experimental in combination with other forms of printmaking.
I've known for a long time I wanted to combine my digital captures with a printmaking process I could feel sure and safe about using, for health and environmentally. What photopolymer offered to me was a way to combine my digital and analogue together without the use of toxic materials that the lengthy traditional methods of photogravure would involve. This has been sitting with me since graduating from art school, I was on the cusp of testing new processes as I started my first job, working in film & darkroom developing photographic studio, around the cusp of the digital revolution.
Back in 1995, in my final year, I produced a series of Photo Etchings on copper with a product called IMAGE ON, introduced to me by printmaking technicians and tutors at the Art Collage U.W.E Bristol. I got the curiosity for this method. I did brushed with it again during my time as a printmaking tutor at the Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool. Running advanced courses in Printmaking, producing photo collages using Image On and Lazer-Tran. It wasn't until recently I dove back into it fully whilst learning how to transfer images through the safer alternative process of Photopolymer Gravure, in October 2019 I attended a workshop with the highly inspiring Henrik Bœgh, at Grafisk Eksperimentarium in Copenhagen. Over the past year I have been testing and adapting this technique with the hope to further advance my use of alternative non toxic methods for protecting the environment and healthier conditions for fellow printmakers.
Photopolymer Gravures are individually hand pulled Fine Art Prints, produced on high quality, heavy weight printmaking paper. They begin life as an unique digital capture, derived from a series or theme in nature that I periodically undertake throughout the seasonal year. After careful digital processing to convert the image to suit the process, the image is transferred onto a transparent film before being time exposed in a ultraviolet light unit. The transparent positive is tightly sandwiched on top of a light sensitive metal plate ( Toyobo KM 73 ) and between a vacuum bed and piece of glass during a set exposure time. After the image is transfered to plate and is then etched in a water solution, to develop and imprint before being ready to print.
I print all my plates by hand in the traditional Intaglio way. Each unique plate is individually hand inked and wiped to sensitively pick up fine photographic details from the delicate etched surface. They are run through a traditional flat bed etching press (pressed under a heavy steel roller) and sandwiched between dampened etching paper and fine woollen blankets (felts). Each time I print, this method magically produces a unique set of photographic print works, sometimes with quite unexpected results. With each collection and series I make, my eye and hand intricately work at each stage of the process, to translate its own visual language with a certain subtle charm, characteristic type and depth of tone.
Each edition from the same plate can be unique in its own way. This adds to the originality and it is not my intention for every print to be an exact reproduction. The images are mainly produced in rich striking monochrome and sometimes as soft duotones, depending greatly upon what I choose to enhance and resonate through each photographic impression. You could say Original Multiples is an a contradiction in terms, but simply put they are a variation on a theme.
I mostly produce works in a series, taken from my photographic captures I am developing PORTFOLIOS.
Also in development are experimental amalgamations with this process mixed with other forms of printmaking techniques such as copper etching using a safe ground, carborundum, and tetrapack collotype. These will be one off art works.
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The most recent Limited Edition Print Releases will feature on this page, but more information about my previous photographic works, kept in the archives are available upon request. Please email to peruse this archive list.
From time to time, I'm open to commissions and opportunities for photographers and artists to produce their works through this process, as a tailored made print production specifically designed to your project. Quotes & examples available.
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