In February of this year at PMA, Epson hosted an evening of cocktails and masterpieces by Claude Monet at the Bellagio Fine Art Gallery in Las Vegas. However, this was no ordinary exhibition. Alongside selected 19th century oils were stunning reproductions produced by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. Prints were produced using the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 ink jet printer on Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper 500 gsm, 100% rag, acid-free archival inkjet paper with Epson UltraChrome Ink.
Although I was unable to attend Epson’s PMA event, I visited the gallery a few days later, and a few weeks later I saw some of the Epson prints at their booth in New York City at Artexpo. I was very impressed by their sharpness, color and detail. The sense of awe I had was quite similar to that which I experienced while viewing the originals at the Bellagio gallery.
The museum uses a special lighting technique when photographing
the paintings with a high-end digital camera, which reproduces
every brushstroke with amazing realism. Prints are also available
for purchase on the museum’s website at www.mfa-publications.org.
HP & Magnum in May
MAGNUM IN MAY is a photographic and cultural event which has been taking place throughout New York City since May of this year. Twenty-one museums, galleries and cultural institutions have been participating, all mounting exhibitions of work by Magnum photographers.
HP partnered with Magnum in the presentation of the series, and
the company put together an exhibition entitled ‘Color
Work’ at Visionaire Gallery in New York City, showcasing
images by four Magnum photographers: Elliott Erwitt, Hiroji Kubota,
Jim Goldberg and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. The images were all printed
on the HP Designjet 130 inkjet printer using HP Premium Plus Photo
Satin paper. For more information on the HP Designjet 130, visit
www.hp.com/go/designjet and to learn more about Magnum, visit
Making his MarkMark MacKinnon in his studio (Mimaki JV4 is in the background)
Mark MacKinnon spent 20 years as a commercial photographer and began using wide-format inkjet nearly 10 years ago. His current machine is a Mimaki JV4 54'' wide printer, with a unique ink feature. Mark explains: “The benefit this Mimaki offers is that it has 2 sets of six heads (12 in all) but only uses one set at a time. Therefore I can run two different sets of inks in this one printer without any manual intervention. I buy color and B&W hextone ink in bulk from MIS (www.missupply.com), and both are loaded at all times. The B&W hextone set gives me dead-on neutral output on paper and canvas.”
Mark’s paper choices include 100% cotton archival coated papers from Hahnemuhle and much of his work is also printed on a 100% cotton waterproof canvas, which offers a truly unique look and feel. The canvas is then stretched on traditional wooden artist stretcher bars and hung like any oil or acrylic painting.
His marketing efforts have paid off. He recently showed his work (all on canvas) at ArtExpo and was very successful. “In addition to being profitable in print sales at the show, I also picked up a publisher for my work in the offset poster market that will be distributed worldwide,” notes Mark. He has an exhibition space in his studio in Beacon, NY (50 miles north of NYC) and he has sold several pieces this year at the Haddad gallery in the Hudson Valley.
His attention to detail doesn’t stop with just his imagery. Mark has his own in-house drum scanner and retouches on a Macintosh G4 workstation. He then sends files over a network to a Windows PC running Onyx Postershop RIP software and profiles the papers with the Onyx RIP and a GretagMacbeth EyeOne spectrophotometer. “The whole system is quite involved and not for the faint of heart, but I do get amazing results when printing my work or the editions of other artists,” Mark concluded. To see more of Mark MacKinnon’s work, visit www.320studio.com