Renfields

Fine Art Prints

Endicott, New York · 2839 Sales

Renfields

Fine Art Prints

Endicott, New York 2839 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Walter Luke

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Printing as Tradecraft

Fine art printing is a tradecraft which requires the printer to make a series of careful aesthetic decisions in order to faithfully recreate the impression of the original work of art.

To achieve the level of quality that I insist upon, it is not enough to open a file in Photoshop, adjust a setting or two, then press print. Each image presents unique challenges. Correct black and white points must be found, then individual areas of low contrast or saturation must be identified, masked by hand, and corrected. Dust, creases and scratches are also removed, which sometimes involves drawing in new lines to restore areas of loss. In some cases, color casts are removed, age fading reversed, and so on. Each print is proofed, on average, 4-6 times before the image truly “pops” and is deemed suitable for display. A working knowledge of tone, contrast and color theory are required to achieve professional results.

I work from home, on my own equipment, using archival inks and fine art media. I choose the ideal paper stock for each image out of a library of many varieties (e.g., cold press, hot press, warm tone, textured and untextured), crop and mount the print on a formcore backing with photo corner applicators.

Major online art retailers generally do not refine their print quality to nearly the same degree as I. "Your print quality is better than the reproductions that I have purchased from art.com," reports one happy customer, "they have almost every fine print that I want, but the printing quality is hit or miss and the framing third-rate."

If you are unhappy with your Renfield's print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

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  • Walter Luke

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    Walter Luke is a fine art printer residing in Endicott, NY. He became interested in art through his job as an antiquarian bookseller, which afforded him access to a rare world of stunning lithographs and crisp engravings.

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