I am often asked by new collectors of my limited edition photography prints, if the artwork they saw on a recent visit to one of Peter Lik's Galleries is backlit or illuminated in some way. They describe the luminance of the artwork and how it appears to come alive under different types of light or changing light levels. They want to recreate this effect in their home, with my artwork, after viewing one of the presentations in the "special viewing rooms" that the Lik Galleries provide.
Many of my clients are past or present Lik Collectors and have been previously educated at some point about lighting their artworks. For others, they have no idea where to begin or how to achieve this backlit look for themselves. So what does it take to create this type of presentation for yourself? First, let's begin with the artwork.
FujiFlex & Lumachrome TruLife Acrylic Prints
The first step to creating this backlit look with your art is beginning with the right image, produced using specific photographic papers. This look cannot be replicated with just any old photograph you have printed down at Wal-Mart. Like Peter Lik, I offer my work produced using FujiFlex Crystal Achieve SuperGloss Photographic Paper and proprietary Lumachrome HD Prints. For those who truly want the very best museum quality art available, I offer my TruLife Acrylic prints produced as contemporary float mounts or externally framed with ROMA Hand Made Italian Tabbachino Dark Ash Framing and linen liners in a range of color choices. My limited edition prints are all produced in the United States, each finished and framed by hand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The second step is to use high quality acrylic. All of my acrylic face mounted prints are produced using TruLife Anti-Reflective Acrylic. This revolutionary product delivers the highest-resolution viewing experience of photographic artwork available today. With lifelike colors, incredible depth and clarity, TruLife is the best way to show high end art. TruLife features a single-sided virtually invisible anti-reflective coating allowing viewers to see the finest details. TruLife also is UV-filtering, abrasion resistant, and anti-static offer uncompromising protection and preservation.
The final piece to the puzzle is the providing the right light for your display. Light that falls across and reflects off of the face of these prints is visually "trapped" within the acrylic glass and when properly lit, the artwork appears to be illuminated or back-lit. A ChromaLuxe (metal) print, while visually stunning, does not share this same reaction to light or apparent visual depth. FujiFlex SuperGloss and Lumachrome Acrylic prints have a silver, almost pearl-like luminescence that adds to the overall luxury feel of these incredible pieces. As various qualities of changing light fall across the walls of your home, the luminescence of the art changes as well bringing the work to life before your very eyes.