Peter Lik (born 1959) is a photographer from Australia. His photographic prints have captured the attention of many, showcased in his own art galleries from around the world. Most regarded for his nature prints and panoramic style photography, he opened his first gallery in 1997, in Australia. Peter Lik’s prints and style of printing is something that has earned him a borderline legendary status within the general population and among peers. I’ve been lucky enough to explore that work with my own eyes over the years.
Experience with Peter Lik’s Prints
Years ago I attended an impromptu vacation for a friends birthday in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are a lot of things in Las Vegas that capture a person’s attention, as anyone can tell you that has been there. One thing I wasn’t expecting to capture my attention quite as much was indoors at the hotel we were staying at. While touring around, we came across one of Peter Lik’s galleries filled with his photographic prints, and it was such a spectacle that we had to stop in to get acquainted with his work up close. Each of his print pieces produced were displayed very large and unbelievably gorgeously. The vibrancy of the colors in each of their properly lit positions produced incredible clarity, detail, and a lifelike “you are there” feeling.
We were luckily offered one of his famous “Closed door light presentations” that we just couldn’t refuse. The staff member took us into a room that was pitch black and was only lit by the lighting directed at the artwork on the wall. After we had a seat in the couch, they told us more about the print itself. They then lowered the brightness of the lights, which could totally change the mood and feeling of the print – it felt as though the light was coming through the print itself, almost as if you were looking out through a window of a dark room.
After my experience at Peter Lik’s gallery, I immediately knew that his style of printing was something I wanted to pursue, but little did I know that I would have to chase it for years. It wasn’t until a few printers around the world managed to catch up with his style of printing that it would become just accessible enough that I could produce prints at the same level of quality – which to me is the mecca of what photography is all about.
Printing on a special metallic paper, the prints I create are attached directly to a piece of glass acrylic (The process is called facemounting). The Dibond back is then attached, and a frame is mounted to the rear, allowing the print to be immediately hung without any need to frame. This all results in a completely borderless print, which means that it never goes out of style – all the attention is on the art itself.
Why Acrylic Facemount Prints?
By printing on a special Metallic paper that I print all of my images on, it allows the viewer to “see into” the print, almost as if you are looking through a window. The metallic finish in the paper picks up and reflects the ambient and direct light that shines on it, which makes the highlights of the print have a “glowing” effect. When prints are completed in this way, and lit well, they appear as if they are backlit and the light is coming through the art itself. The glass acrylic gets mounted directly to the paper, which adds a deep level of gloss to the print, adding the perfect finish to the final product.
What to expect when purchasing
Rather than simply placing my photographic art on sale through an online store, I am here first and foremost to answer any questions that you may have. Certain spaces lend themselves better to certain types of art, so it is my mission to first discuss the fit and function of the potential pieces, and to help match them to your space. From lighting, to size and placement, I am here to ensure that the quality of the final product is in line with what you have envisioned. This website is entire run and operated by me directly, so you will always be dealing with me directly, rather than someone that represents me.
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