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Nicholas friend, Breathing Color

With so much canvas out there, are fine art paper prints poised to make a comeback?

When I first started this business 10 years ago, fine art paper was the leading media type preferred by giclee printmakers. This was primarily driven by a vibrant fine art reproduction market, which has since been arguably decimated since the beginning of the "great recession". Nonetheless, while canvas printing was new, it quickly grew in popularity to where it is today - saturated.

And so it leads me to wonder: with a market totally saturated with canvas, will this soon lead to fine art paper prints making some sort of a comeback? I'd love to know your thoughts...

September 17, 2012, 1:22 pm • United States


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Nicholas friend, Breathing Color
Hi Timothy, 

Agreed.  There are some amazing fine art paper choices...especially with the baryta type papers like our Vibrance Rag.  Absolutely amazing photographic reproduction quality.  

I think things will get more interesting as printmakers start coming up with more creative ways to display paper prints.  Right now, the facts is that a gallery wrap has a higher perceived value and is just frankly more "cool" to have hanging on your wall.

September 17, 2012, 3:06 pm • United States

Timothy Sutherland, Timothy O'Sutherland Gallery
Having printed on fine art rag paper for years and now doing most of my printing on the Canon ipf8300 on canvas, I occasionally print a well done black and white photo on fine art rag paper and am amazed at how beautiful they can be compared to canvas.

September 17, 2012, 2:25 pm • United States