While most artists prefer the canvas and paints, there are those who are now turning to technology to express their creativity. Artists who make prints or serigraphs are also carving their own niche in the art world. This segment is dedicated to those who have dared to be different in their pursuit of ‘art’.
One can define a ‘print’ as an impression made with the use of wood blocks, engraved plates, a stencil or photography negative. A ‘monoprint’ means nothing more that the fact that the artist has merely taken a single print and then destroyed the plate or negative that was used to produce it.
There are several techniques and mediums used in print making which artists may favour according to the effect they are seeking in rendering their works. The three essential techniques are relief, intaglio and planography.
Relief technique refers to engraving, metal cut and etching. It would also refer to block-printing where blocks made of wood or linoneum are usually used. At times stone and burnt clay may be used.
Intaglio and relief work are both possible with the use of Collography wherein the design is created on the block or plate by pasting. The print is taken by then inking the block so created.
Planography is often seen in the more commonly used lithographic process.
While the list of Indian artists who prefer to use the print-medium for expressing their creativity is quite extensive. bCA Galleries here features the works of Rajesh Pullarwar and Mayura Deshpande. Rajesh creates serigraphs, while Mayura uses zinc plate etchings to create her works.