Hand Graphics

THE QUALITY PRINT SHOP OF THE SOUTH WEST
LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

In 1991, while brainstorming with artist Nathan Oliveira, Hand Graphics owner and master printer Michael Costello began formulating a plan to marry state of the art computer technology and traditional printmaking techniques. Our publication of Mr. Oliveira's suite of four photo-electric intaglios, "Revisited," marks the actualization of that afternoon's musings.

The process began with 35mm slides of four monotype images by the artist. These were scanned into a Macintosh using Adobe Photoshop software and a Nikon scanner. This software allows the user to convert imagery to a digital format which can then be printed on mylar sheets.

The subsequent steps involved translating the mylar images to photo-positive, copper etching plates. The plates were then exposed, aqua-tinted, etched, proofed, and further manipulated by Nathan Oliveira. Traditional dry point, engraving, etching and burnishing techniques were used. Proofing the prints took more than a month. The finished plates were hand inked, wiped, and printed on a manual etching press.

One advantage of this medium is the extensive opportunity for an artist to further manipulate their imagery in the computer using software tools, on the mylar by using standard additive/subtractive methods, or on the plate using traditional intaglio techniques.

The results are stunning. Creating prints that didn't look "digital" was of the utmost importance to everyone involved in the project. In fact, the artist worked purposefully to create a sense of antiquity in these pieces -- a deliberate nod to the Renaissance masters he so greatly admires. 

Current price for "Revisited," a suite of four photo-electric intaglios, with case, is $3,800.

Nathan Oliveira

Revisited I

Photo-Electric Intaglio

Nathan Oliveira

Revisited II

Photo-Electric Intaglio

Nathan Oliveira

Revisited III

Photo-Electric Intaglio

Nathan Oliveira

Revisited I

Photo-Electric Intaglio