The Art

The Art:

Acrylic glass: The technical term for the acrylic glass that is used is “Polycarbonate”. Polycarbonate Acrylic Glass is exceptionally transparent. And combined with its 100% UV rating it makes the perfect ‘framing’ material for the art.

This particular acrylic glass is also nearly totally unbreakable. Being 250x stronger than physical glass it is literally bullet proof. It is also highly scratch resistant and very durable against chips and cracks.

In relation to its clarity, Polycarbonate Acrylic Glass is starting to be widely used for prescriptions glasses. And for years large public aquariums have used polycarbonates to hold and contain the millions of litres of water. And after thousands of hands touching the glass it is simply repolished to bring it back to its original state. Military aircraft use this material. And due to its flexibility and clarity Internet fiberoptic cables are also made out of it.

Printing: All my work is printed on silver papers using pigment inks. And together with the acrylic glass the Art creates a gem or jewel-like effect in the way they hold light. Even in very low light the Art appears holographic, as the brighter areas look as if sitting above the glass. The word that I use is ‘luminosity’, for so many people coming into the gallery initially think that they are all back-lit.

The Art has moved away from traditional photograph emulsion due to the much improved archival quality of pigment inks. The printing now at 2000dpi achieving incredible clarity and sharpness. It is simply the best available printing method in the world. And here, under the Australian sun, you need not be concerned regarding fading or discolouration. Although it is still recommended not to expose your piece to continual direct sunlight. However, under normal indoor conditions your Art will present perfectly for 50+ years.

Float-frame: Each print is mounted in-between the Polycarbonate Acrylic and an aluminium backing. This aluminium float-frame allow the piece to appear as if floating off the wall. It is very attractive. And the light and shadows it create also adds to the three-dimensional appearance.

On the back of the Art the float-frame creates an additional rigidity to the piece. The finish being perfectly straight and true. Included is a matching hanging rail that is screwed level onto the wall interlocking with the float-frame creating a totally secure hanging method.

 

Investment:

The Art: Each photograph has been captured using large format film cameras. In this achieving far superior clarity than digital cameras. And together with the inherent characteristics of film; the richness of colour and the natural contrast, the work is stunning in its appeal.

Each photograph has also been captured in a very particular way unique to Ric. Providing such a sense of leading you in making you feel part of the scene. They are simply timeless; inspiring the owner every time you see them.

Collectors: The work is a limited edition collection. And once sold out is finished and complete. No longer available. This fundamentally creates an investment opportunity. The work increasing in value. And together with timeless appeal and archival quality it is then a most attractive Art for the serious investor.

 

Installation:

Screw type: It is recommended to use flat-head ‘timber’ screws when hanging your Art (around 60mm long/8-10g). 

Studded or concrete walls: Are you installing on a brick or a studded wall? At the larger 175cm-300cm size it is recommended to use three or four screws. Otherwise two is normal. With studded walls you will need to drill holes into the aluminium rail to ensure that the screws line up with the studs. And then countersunk to ‘hide’ the head of each screw.

 

Attached here below are some examples.

(Like a jewel: framed in poly-carbon acrylic glass (75x24cm size with a 175x57cm version in the background)

 

You can see with the vertical piece how it sits off the wall. It is a very attractive finish and presents very well.

 

The aluminium ‘float frame’ of the 175cm size. All the pieces come with a rail that you screw onto the wall of which interlocks securely.

 

Showing the comparison between the 175cm size and the 150cm size.

 

A client example of Heart Reef at the 175cm 6mm Acrylic Glass

A client example of Heart Reef at the 175cm 6mm Acrylic Glass

 

Millaa Millaa in a traditional London home. Framed in poly-carbon acrylic glass at the 140x48cm size.

 

Tropical Vibrance and Spacious in a client’s home.