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FINE ART PRINTS - GATORBOARD MOUNTED & DISPLAY READY
This is our latest addition to my print format lineup (May 2019) for displaying Thom Schoeller fine art prints from our curated collections, and we are so excited. Realizing I needed to fill a niche' between the "Print Only" option (no frame or window mat) and my premium Luxury brand DuraPlaq and Acrylic Fine Art Mounted print formats, I chose to make Thomas Schoeller Fine Art print works available on this attractive rigid gatorboard substrate.
This is the most affordable, archival quality, ready to hang gallery style fine art print format we now offer. Our print lab surface mounts a fine art print of your choice to a lightweight, rigid, 3/16" thick gatorboard mounting substrate with a solid wood fiber veneer core that adds strength and makes it resistant to moisture and warp. The piece is then encapsulated with a UV protective laminate in your choice of Lustre or Gloss that also allows you to clean the artwork of fingerprints and dust with a soft damp cloth.
This print format can mimic the float mount appearance of my Luxurious Acrylic face mounted prints. We're able to do this by using slim mounting blocks and hangers on the backside, which makes them ready to hang the moment they arrive at your home and provides a minimalistic gallery style appearance. The exposed edges are a handsome mat black and about 3/16" thickness giving the piece visual depth. This is a serious upgrade to our Print Only option and we are able to provide these at just a fraction of the investment that my premium DuraPlaq or Acrylic mounted print formats would cost. We are making this print format available to purchase in every size we offer including wide 2:1 aspect ratio and 1:1 square format prints.
Similarly to the Acrylic pieces, you can also simply drop them into an external frame in common sizes to best pair with your decor. You'll save a bundle on not needing a cut window mat, filler board, having the art print itself mounted and glass sheet covering the print (which always produces a reflective glare and is brittle). Lastly, if you do decide to externally frame them you'll be able to find suitable styles at stores like Michael's, Joann's Craft store or your local art frame gallery.
So you may be thinking what happened to the Metal print option? I determined that the sublimation process (heat transfer dye-infusion) was not providing the consistent results that I demand of a fine art print. There are a few undeniable quality issues with metal prints I notice with my discerning eyes. For example, moody images including darker shadowy areas in the scene lose fine detail that I can see on the same artwork printed on fine art papers or my acrylic format.
I've also seen cases where the metal print was not as tack sharp as my other print formats. This happens when the "transfer sheet" has minor slippage during the heat press process. Here's yet another imperfection I've noticed viewing other artists metal prints on display while exploring many Fine Art fairs and Shows during the warmer months. Glossy metal prints of 24" and larger almost always show waviness, dimples and other imperfections in the aluminum panels when the light hits at an angle whereas Acrylic Face Mounted and Gatorboard top mounted pieces do not.
Overall, it's been said on several professional print lab sites including Art Beat Studio and Bumblejax that as a general rule, any dye sublimation process (including metal prints) will not achieve the same level of detail, color accuracy or permanence than at Acrylic face Mounted print or a piece using pigment inkjet ink top mounted (Gatorboard-DuraPlaq) to a rigid substrate.
I decided to replace the Chromaluxe Metal Prints by opting to add both the Gatorboard Top Mounted format and my premium DuraPlaq displays. The DuraPlaq represent a similar price point to ChromaLuxe Metal Prints and the Gatorboard is clearly far-less costly than a Chromaluxe Metal Print while delivering superior clarity, detail, brightness, and color.
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