Peter Lik Style Photography Art Prints
What Are Peter Lik Style Prints?
"Peter Lik Style" prints, or what people are referring to when they say this, are prints produced using photographic papers that utilize silver halide, such as FujiFlex, that have inherent reflective properties and are finished using a museum quality process called acrylic face mounting. The three-dimensional "look" or "style" and illuminated, or back-lit visual appearance of Peter Lik fine art prints is achieved through the print process itself and then amplified by showcasing the work under high quality halogen lighting in a dim gallery environment. Individual colors, levels of contrast and overall luminescence of an image all play a role in how strong of an effect is achieved through this print process and presentation.
I have utilized these same printing methods for over a decade, offering the finest limited edition photography prints available today. Even in natural lighting environments the beauty of artwork that has been masterfully produced this way has a stunning and dynamic effect. Replicating the lighting in your home or office to emulate a fine art gallery presentation will multiply the beauty of the work ten fold.
All that being said, in reality, there is simply no such thing as Peter Lik Style Prints. There are acrylic face-mounted photography prints, produced by thousands of photographers around the world and there are acrylic face-mounted photography prints produced by artist Peter Lik. These truths are separate from each other, as one style does not belong to the other.
While the Acrylic print style is not exclusive to him, Peter Lik does in fact have a visual photography style, that I would describe as vibrant and colorful, often produced in a vertical or horizontal panoramic format. Lik also uses a style of photography print production called Acrylic Face Mounting for the majority of his work.
Who Is Peter Lik?
Peter Lik (born 1959) is a photographer from Australia, best known for his nature and panoramic landscape images. With 15 galleries currently operating across the US, many in high traffic vacation destinations, there has been an increased interest in his work in recent years. As a result Lik has enjoyed a great deal of success. On December 9th, 2014, Lik reportedly sold The worlds most expensive photograph though many news outlets and art critics, including the New York Times dispute this anonymous sale. One thing is for certain, Lik and his work both create quite a buzz!
So What Does Peter Lik Style Even Mean?
Lee Morris, a fellow photographer from FStoppers, was probably the first to use it online while writing about a method of displaying large photography prints back in 2011. Various photography print shops have used this phrase to describe the products they offer to photographers looking to print their own work. Fine Art Photography collectors have used the phrase when trying to describe the visual appearance of acrylic face mounted prints, a look that they don't quite understand and aren't sure how to put into words. Various e-commerce platforms like Ebay, Fine Art America and Etsy have also used the phrase to describe acrylic photography prints from a wide range of artists. In all of these examples, the phrase is being used to describe large acrylic photography prints in general, not specifically from any one artist.
Peter LIk USA has started using the phrase themselves, to describe Lik's own work on his website, which seems a bit strange to me personally. If we were discussing Nike sneakers, instead of photography prints, would Nike ever describe their own shoes as Nike Style Shoes? In fact, "style of" typically refers to something other than the named product. Maybe I'm missing something.This article is my own personal commentary, made in an effort to educate the general public about a descriptive term that has been widely, yet inaccurately used online for over a decade now, as well as Peter Lik's influence on landscape photography as well as collectors who buy acrylic face mounted photography prints.
How Has Lik's Brand Grown Through His Las Vegas Photography Galleries?
Lik's brand has experienced significant growth through his galleries in Las Vegas. Despite the popular misconception that the stunning acrylic prints showcased in these galleries are exclusively available there, this is not the case. Although it is difficult to quantify the exact number of visitors, it is safe to assume that a considerable portion of the vast number of tourists who visit Las Vegas each year have also made their way to one of Lik's four gallery locations.
The countless tourists who flow through his high-end galleries have become integral in nurturing Lik's brand. Their exposure to his artwork has helped to establish Lik's reputation as a highly regarded artist in the field of oversized acrylic face mount landscape prints. While Lik's contribution towards promoting this medium cannot be denied, it is important to recognize that he is not the sole originator of this art form.
The Peter Lik Tree?
In 2011, an image of a Japanese maple tree, located in Portland, Oregon titled The Tree of Life by photographer Peter Lik, was awarded 1st place in a photography contest called the Windland Smith Rice International Awards and was on exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C from April - September of 2012. Having been born and raised in Portland, this is a tree I have been photographing since 2007, before Peter Lik ever photographed it. Due to the showing at the Smithsonian, the Tree of Life became a very popular image for Peter Lik. Many of my images of this tree have gone on to be wildly successful as well. People really do love Portland's Japanese Maple but despite what Lik's gallery might tell you, it doesn't grow in a secret garden protected by gnomes and it isn't the Peter Lik Tree.
Other Famous Photographs By Peter Lik
Peter Lik has a number of famous pieces that have helped to define his career. Here is a list of a small number of them by name.
1. Phantom: A photograph of a shaft of light and falling sand inside upper Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
2. Tree of Life: A photograph of a Japanese Lace Leaf Maple tree located in the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon.
3. Sacred Sunrise: A photograph of the rising sun illuminating the underside of a stone arch in Canyonlands National Park.
4. Endless Summer: A photograph of a sky full of clouds and the pacific ocean through Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California.
5. Spirit of The Universe: A composite photograph of a sky full of stars and sunset light over a lone tree and a field of lavender.
6. Ghost: A photograph of Antelope Canyon located in Page, Arizona.
7. One: An abstract photograph of trees reflected in a body of water.
What Type of Photography Does Peter Lik Do?
Peter Lik is primarely a landscape photographer, famous for his vibrant style nature photography prints seen in his galleries throughout major cities across the US. Lik also has a large portfolio of airplane and aviation photography as well as wildlife photography.
Peter Lik For Sale | Peter Lik Galleries
In 1997, Lik opened his first gallery, in Cairns, Australia. He opened his first US gallery in Lahaina, Hawaii, in 2003, and his first in Las Vegas in Caesars Palace in 2005. Peter Lik Fine Art Photography opened in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in November 2008, as part of the hotel's new high-end retail concourse. He went on to open another Manhattan gallery, in the SoHo neighborhood. Overall, he has four galleries in Las Vegas and nine others across the US.
At the time of this writing, photographer Peter Lik operates 10 fine art photography galleries across the US.
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Aspen, Colorado
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Caesars, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lik Fine Art Gallery - The Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Key West, Florida
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Lahaina, Maui (indefinitely closed)
On August 8th, 2023 and into August 9th, a devastating wildfire ripped across Maui and was especially damaging in the historic town of Lahaina. The Peter Lik Fine Art Gallery, along with 18 eighteen other photography and art galleries in Lahaina were destroyed by this apocalyptic event.
Lik Fine Art Gallery - La Jolla, California
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Madison Avenue, New York, New York
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Mandalay, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Miami, Florida
Lik Fine Art Gallery - Soho, New York, New York
Lik Fine Art Gallery - The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada
What Kind of Paper Does Peter Lik Print On?
Peter Lik mentions on his website that he uses silver halide material for his Limited Edition images. Historically, this has been known as FujiFlex. Fuji Crystal Archive Silver Halide is a fine art photographic paper with a white polyester base providing unmatched levels of surface gloss, sharpness and color depth.
Produced by Fujifilm, this incredible silver halide photographic paper creates a visual depth and clarity that is particularly beautiful with rich, saturated imagery. As mentioned on his website, this paper is the medium of choice of Peter Lik and many other photographers around the world, producing some of the highest quality photographic prints available today.
What Camera Does Peter Link Use?
Lik is best known for his panoramic photographs captured with a Linhof 617 Technorama and using Fuji film. He also creates digital photographs using a number of cameras including a Phase One, the Nikon D850 and the new FujiFlex GFX100.
So Is It The Art Or The Artist?
These type of prints are produced using photographic papers that utilize silver halide, such as FujiFlex, that have inherent reflective properties and are finished using a museum quality process called acrylic face mounting. While the look discussed here is mostly due to the print process and materials used themselves, individual colors, levels of contrast and overall luminescence of an image all play a role in how strong of an effect is achieved through this print method or style. Even in natural lighting environments the beauty of artwork that has been masterfully produced this way has a stunning and dynamic effect. Replicating the lighting in your home or office to emulate a fine art gallery presentation will multiply the beauty of the work ten fold. As an artist, you can utilize these same printing methods.
What Are Acrylic Face Mounted Prints?
Face mounting is a print finishing process that involves taking a traditional photographic print and applying an optically clear adhesive to the face of the print to then adhere (back mount) the print to acrylic glass. Once this process is completed, a backing material like Dibond or a second sheet of acrylic is adhered to the backside of the print to offer protection and provide stability to the artwork. Finally, the completed piece is either framed externally or finished with a float mount that allows the print to hang frameless on the wall appearing to float in place. This type of finishing process does not require external framing of any kind and provides a clean and modern appearance when displayed. The example below shows the anatomy and materials used with the acrylic face mounting process.
So How Much Is A Peter Lik Print?
Today you can find pricing for much of Lik's newest work online on his website. According to interview and subsequent article written by the New York Times, pricing typically starts between $4000 - $5500. When 95 percent of an image has sold it becomes “Premium Peter Lik” and the price jumps to $17,500. At 98 percent, it’s “Second Level Premium Peter Lik” and leaps to $35,000. And when the image gets down to its last handful, the prices can go as high as $200,000 or more.
Is Phantom the World's Most Expensive Photo?
On May 15th, 2022, this disputed record was smashed when Man Ray's famed "Le Violon d'Ingres" made history Saturday when it became the most expensive photograph ever to sell at auction. The black and white image, taken in 1924 by the American surrealist artist, transforms a woman's naked body into a violin by overlaying the picture of her back with f-holes. The original print of the masterpiece, widely considered to be Man Ray's most famous work, sold for $12.4 million, smashing sale estimates. Prior to the sale, it was expected to fetch between $5-7 million, the highest estimate for a single photograph in auction history, according to Christie's, which sold the work.
Is Fine Art Photography Valuable?
This is a question you are going to need to answer for yourself, because value can be determined a number of different ways. If your idea of value comes from the satisfaction and beauty on your walls, I have no doubt you will find the value you are looking for. To determine monetary value or investment value, I would encourage you to research auction sites online, such as 1stdibs or Artbrokerage, where you can find actual prices artwork is selling for and has sold for in the past.
The Most Beautiful Prints In The World
Acrylic Face Mounted prints are my suggested print medium of choice for a number of reasons, the first and most important of these being the image quality and overall visual presentation of the work. As described above, dynamic images produced as gallery quality acrylic face mounted prints, when produced by a master printer using the finest materials available today are without equal.
I direct hundreds of these pieces to be produced on my behalf for collectors of my work each year with staggering results. The detail, contrast, color and luminosity of these prints is spectacular and the way the images appear to grow brighter & richer depending on the quality of light falling on them is nothing short of exquisite. While the cost of these pieces keep some potential customers from owning this type of art, those who are fortunate enough to treat themselves are never disappointed in having made this decision.
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