First off, what exactly is an acrylic print? In its most simplistic form, acrylic 'face-mounting' a photograph is a process that involves printing a photograph on paper, applying a clear adhesive to the face of the image then adhering the print to a clear sheet of acrylic.
Stiff backing material is then applied to the back of the print to protect it and provide rigidity. Finally, a recessed 'float-frame' and hanging hardware are attached to the backer.
Of all the photo papers in use across the globe, there is clearly one that stands above the rest and is praised by professional photographers worldwide. Lumachrome® is a proprietary, state-of-the-art paper that is simply the best printing material available today.
This archival transparency paper is infused with iridium particles and features vivid, brilliant colors lasting over 120 years with incredible 3D depth and dimensionality. When lit with quality lighting, its reactive properties make it literally come alive with a glowing response that is absolutely stunning.
When accent lighting is used on these prints, it refracts or 'bounces' within the acrylic, causing a unique effect that appears to illuminate the image from within. This captivating effect is unique to the acrylic face-mount style and is the reason they look so bright and vibrant, full of rich detail with amazing depth.
TruLife® is a revolutionary optically clear acrylic with an anti-reflective coating that drastically reduces reflections and glare while allowing viewers to see the finest details in the image.
The thickness of the acrylic gives the photograph an amazing three-dimensional depth with vibrant color and clarity that is unsurpassed. Additionally, this acrylic gives your art piece 99% UV protection, is abrasion resistant, has anti-static properties that repel dust and it cleans like glass with no special acrylic cleaner required.
Combining the best of both worlds, Lumachrome® technology coupled with TruLife® acrylic produces breathtaking works of art that offer incredible 3D depth, intense color, and razor-sharp clarity for the highest-resolution viewing experience possible. They are the absolute gold standard of photographic presentation.
A recessed float-frame mounted on the rear of the art piece makes the print appear to 'float' on your wall for an awe-inspiring, contemporary presentation with no external framing required.
Due to the anti-reflective properties of these pieces, they are the MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED medium that I offer, especially when hanging in rooms with windows or other bright sources of light. Note that this is a VERY important consideration when choosing your print medium.
Can You Frame A Lumachrome® Print Yourself?
It is important to note that this print style is designed to be presented frameless, meaning that a recessed floating frame will be attached to the rear of the print which becomes invisible after hanging. Your print will appear to 'float' approximately one and a half inches off of your wall.
If you intend to externally frame this print style, please consider a Charity Edition print instead, which is identical except that the rear floating frame is deleted and an external wooden frame is added. A full explanation of Charity Edition framed prints can be found here.
All Limited Edition Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic prints are accompanied by a hand-signed, laminated certificate of authenticity which is shipped to you separately.
All prints are expertly packaged in custom crates and fully insured to arrive at your home or office free of damage and ready to hang.
Are These Prints Most Similar To The 'Peter Lik Style'?
Although it may be that Australian Peter Lik was one of the first photographers to popularize the large, colourful, and glossy acrylic print style that has become synonymous with his name, in reality he is only one of many artists producing large acrylic photography prints.
Of the three main prints styles or 'mediums' that I offer, my Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic prints are the most comparable to Lik's product.
For a detailed comparison of my acrylic prints versus those of Peter Lik, please read this article.