All framing and printing is done by myself
Intaglio is an umbrella term referring to prints which have been made using a variety of tools or acids to incise or etch an image into a copper or zinc plate. The plate is then inked by hand, and wiped with tarlatan in order to remove the surface ink. Printmaking paper is then soaked in order to relax the fibers. The dampened paper is then placed on top of the inked plate, and run through an etching press. The press applies thousands of pounds of pressure between two steel rollers, so that the inked image is impressed into the paper.
Though intaglio prints are duplicate, only a limited amount can be produced before the plate begins to break down. the plate itself is considered only a means to produce the image, and each print is nevertheless considered an original. Since intaglio prints are inherently limited, an edition size is determined, and then each print is signed and numbered accordingly. When these editions are sold out, no more will ever be produced.
Because each piece is hand inked and printed by myself, there is an inherent variation from print to print, and in many instances, I have used the plate tone to emphasize the individual character of each impression.
This technique is over 500 years old, and the mechanics to it have changed very little over that time. The process is one that requires an enormous amount of precision and patience, but the rhythm of it all is something that I have absolutely fallen in love with.
Giclee` prints are archival reproductions using fade resistant inks and fine art paper. Though intaglio is personally preferred, no less care has been applied to reproducing each image. These prints are open editions, though I should say they have been reproduced in very small numbers. My intention with Giclee` printing is merely taking advantage of the technology in order to reproduce my drawings in the best way available. Each print is signed beneath the mat, so as not to distract from the image.