There are a number of definitions of abstract art. We could say that abstractionists use a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may use visual references initially for inspiration but the intent is not to depict a subject matter in a realistic manner. Abstract art does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Abstractionists do not deal with the representational interpretation of a subject. They only communicate with the viewers in an attempt to understand “reality”. All abstract artists share a common position – reality is subjective, and it’s up to a viewer to define it.
The main feature of abstract art is that it is a non-representational practice, meaning that the art does not aim to accurately represent a particular subject matter. However, this departure from realistic interpretation can be slight, partial, or complete. There are a variety of abstract movements. In geometric abstraction and lyrical abstraction, we can talk about total abstraction. Figurative art is characterized by partial abstraction. Even realistic art can have partial abstraction as well. But, all abstract arts makers use color, memory and visual sensation to show that reality is subjective – and that is probably the most important feature of abstract art.
The word “giclee” means a spray or a spurt of liquid. A giclee print on watercolour paper or canvas begins with the original artwork being captured by a digital scanning camera which transmits the information directly into a computer. Ink colours are then matched to the original piece of art and proofs are presented to the artist for approval.
The works of art can be printed in a small run and the prints have a higher effective resolution than lithographs. Another advantage is that artwork can be reproduced to almost any size and on various media, giving the artist the ability to customize for a specific client. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproduction can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. All giclee prints are coated with an ultraviolet ray (UV) inhibitor and have a life expectancy of 100 years.
The artist can also “embellish” the prints thus making each reproduction a unique work of art by the artist. There is still only one original.
The newest ink-jet printing technology allows high quality Giclée prints to be made on archival quality canvas with long-lasting inks.
The best of these Giclée prints adhere closely to the original art, with rich tones and fine detail. If done by an expert printmaker with the artist’s supervision (to make certain the print is an accurate reflection of the original), a fine art reproduction is the result. Most artists choose to limit the edition in order to increase the value of each one. Thus, the purchase of a limited edition quality Giclée print can be considered a purchase of fine art. Mass-produced, low quality, cheap reproductions are not “giclees”.
The answer depends on their art budget and the purpose for buying the art. Collectors, who expect to keep the art they purchase and to hand it down to their heirs, will always want to buy originals if they can afford it. If they cannot afford it, then a high-quality limited edition Giclée print is a good alternative.
Gesso is used to prime a surface, a canvas, hardboard or a wood surface. It helps prepare for the reception of paint and seals and protects your surface. It protects the canvas fibers, provides a nice surface to work on and allows for easier shipping options as you can now roll up your canvas. Gesso also plays a role in minimizing the effects of Support Induced Discoloration.
Support Induced Discoloration is an issue that can occur when you apply a lot of gel or a medium on a surface such as masonite for example. The impurities in the masonite are wicked to the top of the surface where the gel then becomes discolored. Proper care includes using a couple of coats of Golden’s GAC 100 or 700 to seal the surface and then applying a few coats of Gesso to prevent or minimize the yellowing effect.