The addition of a luxurious large format fine art acrylic landscape photography print as a dramatic showpiece in your home is guaranteed to transform your décor, creating a gallery feel and atmosphere.
Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik is often credited with popularizing this fine art print style, where the vibrant, saturated prints are commonly seen in upscale galleries around glamourous cities like Las Vegas and New York.
These spectacular prints commonly appear to be 'backlit' from behind with a luminous glowing effect that adds to their allure. But what is the real secret that makes them appear to be illuminated from within?
The mystery of these glowing art pieces lies quite simply in the print medium itself, technically called 'acrylic face mounting'. A photograph is mounted behind a sheet of acrylic and illuminated from the front, not the back, as often believed.
Combined with quality accent lighting, this glowing 'backlit' effect is actually a common trait shared by all acrylic prints.
Today, although many artists offer their own bodies of work as acrylic prints, it is important to note that all acrylics are definitely not manufactured with the same materials and quality.
Artworks Unto Themselves
Although the face mounting process can be achieved by utilizing a variety of photo paper and acrylic combinations, award winning American master printer Robert Park envisioned something better.
Using his years of expertise to push the boundaries of print technology, Park created Lumachrome®, a revolutionary printing process that far exceeded the limitations of existing materials.
A proprietary photographic material and printing process, Lumachrome® prints are truly groundbreaking and have earned the distinction of being the absolute gold standard of photographic presentation available today.
Lumachrome® sets the bar, outperforming the best photo papers in every category with superior color gamut, vibrancy, clarity, and resolution, while it's ability to maintain highlight and shadow detail is unsurpassed.
This unique archival material is infused with iridium particles and features vivid, brilliant colors lasting over 120 years with incredible 3D depth and dimensionality, for a print of unmatched quality that lasts for generations. Photographic prints have never looked better.
Only TruLife® Acrylic
Traditional photography prints that are framed with glass or standard acrylic often results in reflections and glare that can be very distracting, especially if there are windows or bright lights in the room. This is why the acrylic brand used on my face mount prints is a very important consideration.
TruLife® is a revolutionary, optically clear acrylic with a unique anti-reflective coating that vastly reduces reflections and glare while allowing viewers to see the finest details in the image.
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 without the need for special acrylic cleaner.
The Secret Of The Glowing 'Backlit' Effect
The acrylic face-mount print style is by far the best medium for presenting photographs, and for good reason. The acrylic that is laminated over the face of the photo has some thickness to it, usually 1/8th of an inch.
When illuminated with quality accent lighting, the light reflects off of the photographic material, then 'refracts' or bounces within the acrylic itself, 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.
Accent lighting causes the unrivaled reactive properties of Lumachrome® to come alive with a radiant, glowing response that appears backlit and holographic.
The Importance Of Accent Lighting
Quality accent lighting will put your new Lumachrome® TruLife® art piece at center stage so it commands attention as a breathtaking focal point in your home, especially in the evening when the ambient light of day has faded away.
Correctly illuminating fine art is essential for showing off the details, colors, and three-dimensionality that make it so amazing, and is a very important factor in maximizing the print's potential.
Remember that standard light bulbs will usually not suffice. A Lumachrome® TruLife® print is fine art, and deserves to be treated as such. High quality accent lighting is a must, with LED bulbs that will render the colors in your print with vivid precision.
A full guide on proper lighting can be found in my tutorial How To Light Photography Prints And Artwork.
Lumachrome® TruLife® Acrylic Fine Art Prints
All of my acrylic face-mount landscape and nature photography prints use Lumachrome® technology coupled with TruLife® acrylics, producing 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 gold standard of photographic presentation and I am proud to offer these museum quality fine art pieces for my customers and collectors.
Whether you would like to become a collector or you just want to have one beautiful print in your living room, there is nothing quite like owning an original art piece to transform your home.
The craftsmanship and archival quality of these luxurious Limited Edition prints will ensure their place in your family as a valuable generational heirloom.