In this series, the artists working at Creative Gateways give us a behind-the-scenes insight into their current works in progress, inspiration and creative challenges. Today, Michael is sharing an intriguing new technique that allows artists to share their work more widely than ever before.
The intersection between art and technology
I made this abstract piece by first painting on a canvas, then pouring on a wax with a pigment in it. This technique is called Encaustic painting. You heat the wax on a hot plate, brush it on the piece, and then you use a heat gun to move it to the shape you want.
The Giclée technique
I was really happy with how the painting turned out. In fact, I liked it so much that I took a nice photograph of it, so we could turn it into a print. This print is on aluminum: It’s actually raised off the wall a little, so you get an amazing sense of depth when you look at it.
The style of printing here is what we call a “giclée”. This is a modern term for the use of large-format, high-resolution inkjet printers – industrial sized and professional quality – which we can use now to create incredibly high definition, detailed prints.
If you look closely, you can see the texture of the paint, the wax, everything I used to create the piece. I’m just amazed by the quality of this style of print, and by the potential this offers. Reproducing paintings in this way means we can share art more widely, and make it more affordable for people who want to have it in their homes. That’s really exciting!
Art and technology
Inspiration is timeless, and humans have been sculpting clay, shaping glass and applying paint to paper for centuries. And yet technology like digital printing can transform the way we express our ideas and allow us to investigate different ways of doing things.
From our influences, materials, and techniques, to the equipment housed at our studio, Creative Gateways is a twenty-first century community of artists. We love to explore new ways of working, and are intrigued by the possibility technology offers us to make art that’s new, different, and affordable.
Reproduction techniques like high quality printing allows us to make art that we can share with more people, and interprets our paintings in new ways. It’s an exciting time to be working as a creative, as the technological developments and innovations keep inspiring us with what’s possible.
See for yourself
If your image of a studio is a bare room, a palette of paints and an easel, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find at Creative Gateways! Our artists use all kinds of equipment to create the effects they’re after and would love to show you what they’re creating. The best way to see the studio in action is to drop in, any time, to see what’s currently in happening and look at our works in progress. Check out all the details you need to plan your visit here.