5 reasons to buy Graphics

5 razões para comprar Obra Gráfica

5 reasons to buy Graphics

There is good news for the art world: the purchase of graphic artwork is on the rise.

We call a graphic work the set of works of art that result from the combination of different techniques that the artist applies in a series production. Great artists in the history of art such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso , Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí have produced a lot of graphic work throughout their careers.
Today we're going to explain 5 reasons to buy graphic work and why it's a really good idea.

What is a graphic work?

As we have already said, a graphic work consists of the serial production of works of art using various methods. The graphic work is traditionally associated with engraving, a technique of printing from a matrix or plate.

The engraving techniques are different because they depend on the matrix material.
In this way, if the matrix is wood we speak of woodcut, if it is stone we speak of lithography, if it is metal it is calcogravure, and on silk screen, serigraphy.

How is a graphic work carried out?

All printmaking techniques have one thing in common: the artist has to draw a portrait in the matrix, the image being later stamped on the paper.
But it is in the elaboration process that the great technical differences emerge:

Xylography (wood engraving): this is the oldest technique, since it has been worked since the 14th century. It consists of preparing a matrix of dry and sanded wood and drawing on the surface in the opposite direction to which we want to obtain the final result.
The wood is carved along the lines of the design, leaving some parts in relief, ink with a roller and finally stamped on the paper.
The famous Albrecht Dürer engraver already resorted to cutting wood in the 15th century.

Albrecht Dürer | P55 Magazine | P55 - The platform of Art

Screen printing
(silk screen engraving): silk screen printing is a Chinese technique that has become fashionable in the US and Europe since 1940. It consists of laying out a loom and drawing on the fabric with waterproof materials in areas where we don't want ink penetrate. A sheet of paper is then placed under the fabric and the ink is spread over the fabric. The ink is filtered from the fabric to the paper leaving the impermeable areas free, thus obtaining the final image.
Andy Warhol, an artpop icon, was already turning to screen printing with Marilyn in 1967.

Andy Warhol | P55 Magazine | P55 - The platform of Art

Lithography (stone engraving): is a recent technique, discovered in 1778 and disseminated in Europe since then. It consists of using a limestone plate as a matrix on which the drawing is made with pencil and greasy paint for the impermeable parts where we don't want the paint to act. Thanks to the repulsion between water and fat, we can stamp the image on paper.
Francisco de Goya already resorted to lithography with The Famous American Ariane (1824) and in P55 we have lithographs for sale by renowned artists such as Banksy , Warhol or Kandinsky .

Banksy | P55 Magazine | P55 - The platform of Art

Chalcogravure (metal engraving): is a technique that allows direct and indirect methods. Its origin is German and Italian, and has been made since the 15th century.

- Direct methods (for the dry point and burin): it consists of drawing with a burin or a dry point on the metallic matrix, preferably copper. The burin cuts the metal, while the tip dries the scratch, making it less aggressive. Ink is poured over the design and the image is stamped onto the paper using a press.

- Indirect methods (Etching and Etching): The first is to cover the matrix with a layer of acid-resistant varnish from the engraving. With one point, the design is made by scratching the varnish and then the iron is immersed in nitric acid and water, corroding the lines of the design. When corrosion is complete, the varnish is removed and ink and stamping are continued. The second is a derivation of printmaking to achieve watercolor-like effects and drawings made with ink.

Artists such as Rembrandt, Munch, Piranesi or Francisco de Goya resorted to different methods of Chalcogravure during the Modern Era.

Rembrandt | P55 Magazine | P55 - The platform of Art


5 reasons to invest in graphic work

  1. It is more accessible : the graphic work is more accessible than a single-copy work. Some factors that influence the affordable price of graphic work are the technique and dimensions used in the pieces, as well as the number of copies in the run. This diversity is a wide offer for the average collector and buyer as they can compare the prices of graphic work on the market and find the ones that best suit their possibilities. Remember that graphic work is in fashion, so the offer is wide.

  2.  It's more profitable: Investing in graphic work is more profitable than we think for several reasons:
    First, because its value can increase over time. Like Banksy, who has gained interest in the media over the years or because it's a posthumous job, as in Andy Warhol's case.
    Second, because we can get a complete series that would add value to the set by reselling it.

  3. It is very exclusive : a graphic work can be very exclusive if it is a preparatory sketch for the final print (earlier works can become highly sought after as it reflects the previous state of a work of art and enriches information about the same), if the print run is limited or even if it has unique details that were incorporated by the artist.

  4. It's more original : the originality of the graphic work is linked to its exclusivity. The artist who complements the work with peculiar details makes the graphic work an unprecedented and unique piece, regardless of whether there are one, two or ten pieces, since each complementary detail will be unique and non-transferable.

  5. It's the perfect gift: although art is a very personal thing, many people buy art to give to their loved ones. Be it a festive moment or a very special occasion, a good work of art becomes a unique and innovative gift that can be cherished for a lifetime.

Sale of graphic work on P55

At P55 we have graphic work for sale not only by the great icons of art like Dalí ,Lichtenstein , Picasso , Keith Haring , Klimt , Matisse and Monet , but also by magnificent artists like Banksy , Vhils , Darocha , Oker , Molina , and Cruzeiro Seixas , between others.


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