Printmaking is an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a matrix onto the printing surface.
The printing plate is a kind of matrix, which can be made of wood, metal, glass, stone or mesh. With help of tools or chemicals, an image is created on the surface of the printing plate, which is covered with dye and transferred under pressure to the printing surface. The resulting print is a mirror image of what was created on the matrix. As a result, multiple prints can be printed from the same matrix.
Many artists throughout the history of art have practiced printmaking. Jasper Jones and Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Albrecht Durer (among many others!) were fans of this technique. Some turned to print graphics from time to time, while others specialized in it.
Art prints are unique pieces of art, their edition is strictly limited. The artist is directly involved in the creation of printing plates and the printing process, handwriting each print and the total number of works in circulation, then the printing plates are destroyed.
There are 4 printing principles, which differ in the way the printing plate is formed - relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. Each type of author's printed graphics is a very time-consuming process, has a vivid individual style and the ability to express the author's artistic language. Let’s discover each of them!