Art by Barry G

creating art - painting on a computer

My work focuses on creating the finest art possible using modern technology.


I "paint" using a mouse on a computer. Rather than digital painting, my work is done in vector graphics, which means every object in the painting is mathematically defined and can be expanded without losing any resolution. I print on a special ink jet printer that has been modified to accept many different types of media using ink that will last for decades.


Special printing software is used to reduce the printer's feed which further increase the print resolution. In addition, many of my pieces require multiple passes which requires almost perfect alignment for each pass. Because of the work involved to create a print, I normally only do monoprints. On average I complete one piece of art each month.


My art does not try to replicate other art forms, but pushes forward the idea of what new things can be done with computer technology.


Printmaking

Traditional printmaking uses a template that is created from something like wood, metal, tile, stone, or glass.

It allows multiple copies of art within a production run.

Working with a combination of a computer and printer simplifies the setup, and eliminates the need for a production run.

This allows me to focus on creating unique high quality art without a production run.


When printing, I change the paper feed stroke to be half the normal. This increases the dots per inch to approximately 512 dpi.

The art is similar to painting with ink. Pixels do not show.

Because of the high print density, standard sized prints take an average 30-45 minutes to create.


Each piece normally requires 6 or more tests/proofs until the finished piece is ready.

The amount of transparency also allows the media to shine through.

Japanese Washi paper, made from Mulberry trees, shows the tree’s fibers.

Textured cotton paper helps elevate the appearance of sand at a beach or clouds in the sky.

Woven canvas shows the knitted or woven pattern in the finished print.

In the end, I create only 1 print of the finished art. Each one is unique.

__________

An adjusted .jpg file for each print is shown on this website.

Although we try to make the pictures close to the prints, they are an approximation of the finished art.

Thanks to the special papers and textiles, the final prints have more texture and depth - not captured by the .jpg files.