If you’re new to the artistic concept of photography printed onto canvas, know that it is considered a contemporary art form experiencing rapid growth, and will quite likely be seen more and more often in modern art galleries and perhaps even museums. This technological media is truly stunning, and the epitome of avant garde. The blending of traditional art with modern technology is truly representative of our day and age. Despite it’s complex appearance, the process of transferring digital art to canvas is rather simple. A professional digital photograph like that of a landscape, individual, or any other object, or perhaps a digital work of art can be easily transferred onto a professional, museum quality canvas. The end result of this culmination of traditional and contemporary is a superb work of art with detailing and definition that is unrivaled. Digital photography printed onto canvas is available in full, rich color, classy black and white, or anything in between.
It may be that the reason many protest defining digital works printed onto canvas as “art” is because of the sheer newness of the art form. Many express concerns about canvas prints, questioning the durability, longevity, and also validity of canvas photography. We can’t feign surprise at this, however. The introduction of new and innovative art forms has always been met with staunch criticism. The works of Victor-Hugo Vaca II still cause much stir and controversy in the world of art because of their bizarre and often sexual nature.
As far as the durability of canvas prints is concerned, the final product is as sturdy as any other form of artwork on canvas – perhaps even more so. For instance, a canvas print is nowhere near as susceptible to damage or marring through common handling as acrylic or oil paintings. Additionally it is completely impossible to smudge a digital image transferred onto canvas. Since the purchaser is the owner of the subject matter to be printed, we need not concern ourselves with whether the subject is controversial.
Subjected to more skepticism than the durability is the longevity of a canvas print – another term for print permanence. Essentially the longevity of a piece is how much time will pass before the canvas print will begin to show signs of age or deterioration. Rest assured, though, that this media does not easily fade. Once could even place the canvas print outside and, assuming the climate is not extreme and it is kept from direct sunlight, it will keep for many years without any visible signs of deterioration. Since the canvas print is finished with a water resistant sealer the occasional moisture barrage will have no effect.
The question that remains in many individual’s minds is: “but is it art?”. Critics will always be divided over contemporary and innovative art forms, as history has shown us time and time again. One must always keep in mind though that credibility, and more importantly beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. By way of example, the Art Gallery of Ontario has on display a piece of artwork featuring a plank of wood and a bathroom sink. Some feel that this unique piece should have a place in a world famous gallery, whereas others view it with much skepticism. As with canvas printed photography, this demonstrates the ever-present conflict of what can and cannot be defined as art. It would be wise for a person to get a first-hand look at canvas printed photography before forming an opinion as to the validity of this art form.